According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger’s editorial board,
Thanks to the wealth and power of the gun lobby and its mouthpiece, the National Rifle Association, the modern gun control discussion is effectively one-sided.
That is a demonstrable lie. The National Rifle Association is but one voice in the “modern gun control discussion;” the other voices are numerous, loud and well-funded. In 2012, a pro-gun control commercial was released featuring such faces as “Jamie Foxx, Jason Bateman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Carey Mulligan, Beyonce, Jeremy Renner, Amy Poehler, Jessica Alba, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, John Legend, Nick Offerman, John Slattery, Selana Gomez, Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Chris Rock and Conan O’Brien.” That’s just one instance of gun control media, and just a handful of the constant and oft-heard voices calling for increased gun control. When someone tells you that the gun control debate is “one-sided,” what they mean is that their side is continually losing the debate. It’s perfectly understandable that they should get upset over suffering such devastating defeats, but it is disappointing that in their desperation they must resort to lies.
To be fair, this is something of a piece as far as gun control goes. Gun control advocates are continually basing their arguments on counterfactual or evidence-free opinion, such as this one from the editors of the Tampa Bay Times:
It’s called the “bring your gun to a riot” bill. Sheriffs hate it but the National Rifle Association wants it. Guess which side 14 Florida House members from Tampa Bay chose? They stood with the NRA instead of law enforcement and voted to let almost anyone secretly carry a gun during hurricane evacuations and civil disturbances. Their answer to stressful or violent situations is more guns. That is a reckless vote that erodes public safety, and the Senate should protect Floridians and reject this wild west approach.
Following such a promising lede graf, the editors proceed to offer exactly zero evidence that HB 209 is “reckless,” or that it will “erode public safety,” or that Floridians need “protection” from it. If carrying a concealed weapon during hurricanes and riots will lead to more injuries and more deaths, the editors do not tell us. They apparently have no factual basis whatsoever for their opinion, and they do not even attempt to pretend they do. This is often the modus operandi of the gun control lobby—a mess of sentiment and an absolute dearth of information and data and facts. Talk about recklessness.