Three Common Gun Misconceptions
Here’s a comprehensive, albeit short list of common misconceptions about guns and gun ownership in the United States.
- Machine Guns Are NOT Available To Most Gun License Holders.
That’s right, you read that correctly. Machine guns, here meaning firearms that are capable of a fully automatic firing mode are Class III NFA items, not available for purchase for most gun license holders. Purchasing a machine gun requires a special license, aptly named a “Machine Gun License”, a license that is very seldom given and heavily regulated if one is lucky enough to get one. Not to mention, machine guns are incredibly expensive, sometimes reaching tens of thousands of dollars for certain models. It’s kind of silly that these guns aren’t available to law abiding gun owners, but that’s a different issue.
- “Guns Kill People”
This is a pretty easy one. Most people with any sense at all can wrap their head around the fact that a firearm is an inanimate object, therefore incapable of having a mind of its own. Firearms don’t kill people, people kill people, and they use all sorts of things to do it. Knives, bombs, cars, toxic materials, whatever it is, odds are its been involved in the death of someone or groups of people. The issue isn’t the objects themselves, it’s the people behind them. It’s an issue of mental health and belief systems. People have been killing other people for millennia, long before guns were around. Before guns we had cannons, before that we had swords and bows and arrows, and before that we had sharp sticks and our fists. You can’t blame guns for all of this violence.
- “People Who Own Guns Are Uneducated Conservative Bigots”
This is simply not an accurate representation of gun owners. Plenty of good, educated and average people own at least one firearm, and even carry them for self defense on a daily basis. Enjoying firearms doesn’t make somebody align with certain political parties or philosophy, it’s just a hobby like anything else that people do for fun. Plenty of people of all ethnicities, backgrounds and beliefs enjoy shooting sports on a daily basis.
I’m sure there’s more I could add to this short list, but these are the most common misconceptions that most people see online or elsewhere. As always, shoot safe, and have fun.