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Myths and Misinformation About Gun Control

Updated on June 19, 2013

Myths and Misinformation

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

-2nd Amendment to the US Constitution

With all the recent discussion and debate surrounding the 2nd amendment and gun control in general. Let's go through a few of the myths and some misinformation being spouted by those who would seek to limit the rights of Americans to Keep and Bear Arms.

Myth 1 - “Guns are only for the militia”

The truth is that we are all the militia, as these quotes from some of the founding fathers plainly show:

"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials."
— George Mason, in Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution

"The Constitution shall never be construed … to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."

– Samuel Adams

Myth 2 - “Well Regulated means controlled by the government”

As with many words and phrases their meaning changes over time and the orginal meaning is often lost. When the Bill of Rights was penned the phrase was known to mean “well equipped” and did not denote any government regulation on the militia itself.

This is probably one of the biggest misinterpretations of the 2nd Amendment and one that is most widely misused by anti-gun proponents.

Myth 3 - “Semi-automatic is a machine gun”

One of my biggest frustrations with most anti-gunners is their complete lack of gun knowledge and their hysterical pronunciations about 'assault weapons' and 'machine guns'.

Let's get one thing straight, the only similarity an AR-15 Modern Sporting Rifle has to an actual M-4 rifle that would be issued to US troops is how it looks.

An AR-15 does not have selective 3-round burst and Full-Auto capability.

An AR-15 does not fire the same rounds. Our troops use 5.56 mm NATO carbine rounds which are much more powerful. The standard .223 round one would buy for their AR-15 Sport Rifle packs less of a punch as they do not have as much powder behind them and are loaded to lower pressures.

The AR-15 is a semi-automatic sport rifle, which means you have to pull the trigger each time you wish to fire a round. Many people throw around the term 'semi-auto' as if it is some scary thing and use it to prey upon the ignorance of people who know little about firearms.

Pro Tip- You have to pull the trigger each time you want to fire a six-round revolver too.

What anti-gunners want to ban in reality really comes down to looks and not functionality. Flash suppressors, bayonet lugs and pistol grips may look 'scary' but they are simply cosmetics.

I might get a driving suit and helmet too, it doesn't make me Mario Andretti.

Unfortunately the left-wing tends to run on emotion, and the recent tragedies at Aurora and Sandy Hook were gut wrenching to be sure. But the cynical left has once again reacted in a knee-jerk emotional fit in blaming an inanimate object rather than the person weilding it.

The good news is two fold here however.

Sen. Feinstein's weapons ban proposal is DOA in the senate and if by some miracle it does pass, it has no chance in the House of Representatives.

And secondly, there are four words at the end of the 2nd Amendment that say it all....Shall not be infringed.


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    • AJReissig profile image

      Alex J. Reissig 

      5 years ago from New Richmond, Ohio

      I believe there should be no restriction when it comes to owning a firearm. This used to be the land of freedom. Why is it that anyone thinks they should have the right to tell another what they can or can't own? Those who believe that limiting firearm ownership will make the nation safer are just gullible.

      As a libertarian, I believe nobody has the right to tell you how to live your life uness your actions hurt another person. Why is it that we ask the entire American population to give up their right just because of the actions of a few. Why is it that we are not outlawing cars? Far more people are killed in car accidents than with firearms. If this were about saving lives, that would be a much more logical choice.

      What we really need is to be tough on crime. A person convicted of a violent crime should never be permitted to walk free in society. Death penalty or life in prison... I'd be fine with either (although the country clubs that we currently call prisons need to get back to the days of busting rocks and chain gangs). But to force innocents to give up their rights because of the actions of others... that is just wrong.

    • Superkev profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      No, Ralph, I really don't

    • Ralph Deeds profile image

      Ralph Deeds 

      5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      You have a greatly overblown conception of your 2nd Amendment rights.

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      After reading the comments, I no longer understand what I should get out of it. Is there any conclusion?

      It is not a criticism, I am just confused., seriously.

    • peoplepower73 profile image

      Mike Russo 

      5 years ago from Placentia California

      This should warm the cockles of the hearts of all you gun enthusiast. I'll let you be the judge about whether these machines are weapons of mass destruction or not. Oh by the way, the host of this video is the host of G4, a TV channel that is devoted to teenage geek video game players. It's called Attack of the Show.

    • keirnanholland profile image

      pulled name 

      5 years ago from nowhere

      I don't watch TV, it makes me feel dumb sometimes because I missed all that sandy hook stuff.. Curious I looked it up and saw what the fuss was about.. It seems like shooters are going for emotional effect with each new crime.. I'm wondering if the next time around it will be someone strapping a bomb to a dog or wheeling a gun in on a remote controlled car.. There is a lot of creativity left for acts or terror.. Thank goodness most of these guys are insane enough they lack the creativity to do something really horrific that would be tough to debate..

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      I am sure this will rankle some when I write does not say that we have the right to any gun that we says the right to bear, that being said, I am all for owning guns ....have one myself...but ...some solution needs to be found to the craziness that has one seems to have an answer.

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      The biggest myth is that gun control is going to protect our children.

    • Alberic O profile image

      Alberic O 

      5 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

      Peoplepower, your finger pulls the trigger every time the shot is fired through the action of the recoil of the weapon. It's basically a mechanical version bump firing with a lot less work.

      Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives approved it as well so because it is not automatic or burst. By definition, legally and mechanically, it is not an automatic or burst fire weapon.

      They do sell 5.56mm rounds and most ARs can shoot both the 5.56 mm and .223 cal if in says on the weapon '5.56mm.' If yours says .223 cal, you shouldn't use 5.56mm often because of the pressure.

    • Superkev profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Frankly, I was unaware of that particular conversion, as I am sure most AR-15 owners are. I was, of course, speaking of a standard AR-15 that is semi-auto.

      This particular conversion will make the weapon much more inaccurate as the piston-like motion of the stock is not conducive to accurate fire. Still quite a clever thing however, and in the hands of a law abiding citizen still not an issue.

      An AR-15 still does not equal an M-4.

    • peoplepower73 profile image

      Mike Russo 

      5 years ago from Placentia California

      Superkev: I think you missed my point, You implied in Myth 3 that there is nothing scary about an AR15, it only fires every time the trigger is pulled. This "innovation" turns it into a virtual machine gun that has the same effect as a machine gun and it's perfectly legal! I believe that conversion should be banned, but it won't be.

    • Superkev profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      I call that innovation. Nothing internal modified just a nice use of momentum and physics it appears. Who says Americans don't innovate anymore?? :)

    • peoplepower73 profile image

      Mike Russo 

      5 years ago from Placentia California

      Here is a perfectly legal modification that you can make to convert your AR15 to burst mode. I'll let you be the judge if this is rapid fire or not!


    • taburkett profile image


      5 years ago

      Great job. Fantastic facts for the ill informed.

    • Inventurist profile image


      5 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Good job. Good hub. One additional point on the AR, now available in hunting calibers which, oddly enough and really not understood by joe public, are much heavier than even 5.56 loads.


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