Reaction from ABC's 20/20 Anti-Gun Episode (Merged)
I was working last night so I didn't get to watch this fine piece of work :ticking:, but I got the following from a good friend in an email and thought I'd share:
Tonight 20/20 aired a totally biased episode on guns and gun violence. In this episode, they presented many false or skewed facts. Below I have listed a few and their explanations. Also, at the end of the show, they said they looked long and hard for a study that supported the fact that a gun is helpful in defending yourself against a crime. They couldn't find one. I ask you to all email the producers and forward this to all the people you know and ask them to do the same. We have the power to show our strength in numbers.
They presented several shocking statistics about how many children are killed by guns each year. This is an old trick and a dirty one. One thing they fail to mention is that in their statistic, "children" are defined as anyone under 26. This means they count a 25 year old gang member in LA shooting another 25 year old rival gang member a "child" killed by a firearm. No kidding. Take all the guns away and they will hack each other apart with machete's. Look at Africa and South America.
Second, they apparently haven't heard of John Lott's book, More guns less crime. It details the decrease of crime in all states that have inacted a Right to carry law. My guess is either they didn't know where to find a book store that would sell a "pro gun" book, or they were unable to undermine his statistics with lies that would be believable, even to an anti gun audience.
The had a guy go into a gun show and buy all sorts of guns to show the "gun show loophole". They didn't just use a regular anti gun citizen. They pulled at your heartstrings with a guy whose sister was killed at Virginia tech. This guy has been working hard to get the Virginia government to change gun show laws. The funny thing is, even if he was successful in getting that done 10 years ago, it wouldn't have saved his sister. The guy that shot her bought the Glock that he used at a gun store, legally and registered. This is ridiculous. That is like my brother getting killed by a drunk driver in a truck. So I try to get the legislature to pass a bill making it illegal to fly an airplane if you are intoxicated. Oh wait, it is illegal to fly an airplane while intoxicated. It is also illegal to shoot someone with a gun, any gun.
Last, they had a student put a training pistol containing paint rounds on. They did have several people with varying degrees of firearms experience. They put them in a classroom, front and center. They were told later in the day, they would use the firearm. Then they had a Police firearms instructor burst into the room and shoot the teacher, then the armed student. They presented this a inexplicable proof that you cannot defend yourself in any situation. They didn't bother to use typical scientific protocol like a double blind. They placed one student in the front row of a class of 30 or so, then had the trained instructor shoot the professor, then the student with a gun. They also had the instructor say on tape that you will lose any skills you acquired by training in 1 to 2 months of inactivity. Please contact your local police office and make sure they train every single month. I would hate to think that the people sworn to protect me when they take my guns have forgotten their training. Especially when they rarely shoot more often than 4 to 5 times a year.
Please remind people there are many self defense situations. Even if the situation ABC presented were true and all the students in that room were killed. How likely would it be that the gunman could then walk to the room next door containing a student with a gun and kill all of them too? Not very likely. Also, if the gunman was a video gamer who had little experience and the student was an avid IDPA shooter, the outcome would likely be very different. Heck, put me in a room and send in the instructor without telling him where I was, and things would have been different. Or arm several other students and see how far he gets.
Remember, the first step in getting rid of guns historically has always been to require law abiding people to register their guns. Then they just round them up later. It happened in England, it happened in Germany, it happened in Australia, and it could happen here. Oppose all registration of guns no matter how innocent or well intentioned it may appear.