Liars commenting on guns

“Automatic weapon”…”Illegal magazines”…

I’m not necessarily opposed to all forms of gun control. But if the debate is framed by people lying about the circumstances of crimes committed with guns, then there’s doubtlessly going to be people who have the wrong impression.

And the liars know it. That, in fact, is exactly why they lie about the circumstances.

Many are willing to give these folks the benefit of the doubt, thinking that they are mereling misinformed. But this debate has been going on for so long that it’s difficult for me to accept that someone would not have these simple facts, the facts that are at the heart of the gun control issue, in line with reality. I just can’t believe that they’re (and I’m speaking generally) so clueless that they’d constantly be getting this sort of thing wrong. They must be lying.

Links at Instapundit.


  1. Here is an excerpt from a great editorial in the Gilroy Dispatch: Final question: Is cowering the best way to deal with a killer? History says it is not. In Texas, in Luby’s Cafeteria, a gunman killed many, many diners as they hid under tables. He even stopped mid-massacre to reload. A short time later, a man entered a church bearing a pistol and a rifle. He also bore a grudge against the congregation. But the two ushers on either side of the door, though unarmed, jumped him and wrestled him to the ground. He didn’t get off a single shot. Not much of a story. In Pearl, Miss., an assistant principal took his handgun from his glove compartment and held a mass murderer for 12 minutes until police arrived. Total dead: two. In Edinboro, Penn., a neighbor brought his shotgun from his house to similarly hold a murderer for 10 minutes. One dead, three wounded. At the Trolley Square shopping mall in Salt Lake City, Utah, in February 2007, a man walked past the sign saying ‘No weapons allowed on Trolley Square property.’ He shot and killed five shoppers. Another scofflaw was on the premises: off-duty police officer Kenneth Hammond. Hearing the gunshots, he opened fire with his own pistol – which he was carrying in violation of the mall’s rules. He pinned the murderer down until the police could respond. At Appalachian Law School, in Grundy, Va., in 2002, a mass murder was stopped by two students, one of whom retrieved his own gun from his vehicle. Littleton, Colo. was a whole different story. Oh, a few elements were the same: unhappy, misfit teens with grudges against the world and histories of making threats, with weapons that they are prohibited by law from carrying. ‘We don’t allow weapons, even toys, in our school,’ the principal said. But no neighbors or principals with guns arrived to capture these killers. None of the 1,800 students and commensurate faculty mobbed them. Instead the faculty and students ran or hid: under desks, in rooms, even in air vent spaces. Two hundred heavily armed police arrived; they cordoned off the school and waited. Parents were kept out. The killers had sole, uncontested control of the school from 11:40am to 4pm, when they killed themselves. In the meantime, several of the wounded bled to death. Unfortunately, Virginia Tech is also a gun-free zone, so professors are prohibited from having guns in their desks or cars. Cho Seung-Hui had an open field of fire to conduct his massacre. I think we have enough case studies now to draw some accurate conclusions. The best way to stop a massacre is to fight back, not to cower under a table or behind a barricade. We need to rethink our knee-jerk assumption that all violence is bad. Murder is bad. Self-defense is good. Defense of the innocent is very good – in fact, it is heroic.