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    Most of what follows is not new but I was just wondering how many such items we could come up with. Some may be national, others may be local such as Mississippi's bizarrecourt ruling that a holstered firearm in plain view is "partially concealed" by the holster. I figured that some of these might make for interesting discussion and give us all good information on how to dispell some common misconceptions of gun ownership and the 2A.

    Fallacy: Police or civilian

    Truth: Police are civilians. Their job as LEOs doesn't make them military.

    Fallacy: The media's often stated assertion thata holsteredfirearm in plain view is"brandishing"

    Truth: Brandishing requires an illegal unhostering of a weapon.

    Fallacy: Open carry will entice the criminal to make the open carrier his intial target.

    Truth: A determined, derangedcriminal might think in such a way but the vastmajority of criminals are looking for easy targets. An armed confrontation at the beginning with shots fired is counter-productive to his purpose by limiting his time to commit the crime and potentially fatal to himself. Additionally, it could be equally argued that concealed carry actually increases the likelyhood of an armed confrontation in that a criminal thinks he has an unarmed victim which would embolden him. The reality is that anarmed law abiding citizencarryingopenly or concealed, is agood thing.

    Fallacy: 2A rights and "civil rights"

    Truth: The right to keep and bear armsIS a civil right. The complete loss of this civil right will ensure the loss of all the others. This also makes it clear that the ACLU and other such groups aren't really about civil rights.

    Fallacy: Politicians proclaiming their support for the "right to bear arms"

    Truth: This phrase is uttered too much by politicians in favor of gun control who want to appear that they support our civil rights. The right to bear (carry) arms is meaningless without the right to keep (possess) armsunless, of course, you believe the 2A is applies only to military or law enforcement.

    There are some to start. Any others?

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    JT wrote:
    Truth: A determined, derangedcriminal might think in such a way but the vastmajority of criminals are looking for easy targets. An armed confrontation at the beginning with shots fired is counter-productive to his purpose by limiting his time to commit the crime and potentially fatal to himself. Additionally, it could be equally argued that concealed carry actually increases the likelyhood of an armed confrontation in that a criminal thinks he has an unarmed victim which would embolden him. The reality is that anarmed law abiding citizencarryingopenly or concealed, is agood thing.


    That's entirely opinion. The rest are good though, especially the police/civilian one.



    How about the most obvious...

    Fallacy: Guns cause crime

    Truth: People cause crime

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    How about

    Fallacy: Guns kill people

    Truth: People kill people

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    CrossFire wrote:
    How about

    Fallacy: Guns kill people

    Truth: People kill people
    That and AWDstylez contribution probably should have been top of the list. Here is a more recent one.

    Fallacy:U.S. gun shows and gun dealers are a source of arming Mexican drugcartels with automatic (select fire) weapons.

    Truth: Even an American citizen can't just walk into a gun show or gun shop, throw some cash down and walk out with such a weapon no questions asked. The real source of automatic weapons in Mexico that originated in the U.S. are those that were sold to the Mexican government with the blessing of the U.S government.

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