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Monday, November 9, 2015

Misconceptions of "10 Countries With Assault Weapons Bans (And Their Gun Homicide Counts)", & American media misinformation

Before reading this, go read "Should we have more gun control? No matter your opinion, please read".

If you cruise the internet for a while, you are bound to find some misinfo. But I want to specifically adress http://www.takepart.com/photos/10-countries-assault-weapons-bans/united-states-9470-gun-homicides-year becuase of so much misinformation in it.

Australia: civilians CAN have semi automatic long guns and pump-action shotguns, but only under a Category C (self-loading rimfire rifles with a magazine capacity of no more than 10 rounds, self-loading shotguns with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds, pump action shotguns with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds) or D (self-loading centre-fire rifles, self-loading rimfire rifles with a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds, self-loading shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds pump action shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds) license, (info obtained credit of http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/133198/FACT_SHEET_Firearm_Types_Oct_2012.pdf) which is hard to get. According to Wikipedia, "Primary producers, occupational shooters[clarification needed], firearm dealers, firearm safety officers, collectors and some clay target shooters can own functional Category C firearms.", and "Functional Category D firearms are restricted to government agencies and occupational shooters. Collectors may own deactivated Category D firearms.". "Deactivated" means that the weapon is just made so it is unable to fire anymore, and "Primary producers" are farmers.
From what I heard, anyone can get a Category A, B, or H license and functional firearms those licenses are covered by. But all of the others are harder to get. Also note that you must prove that you have some type of alignment that would take it hard for you to use a Category A shotgun. The handgun caliber restriction mentioned in the article is misleading, as that you can get them for single action or metallic silhouette shooting.
And remember, I used GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS, so you don't have to take the word of some schmuck.
Examples of Category A firearms.
Chiappa triple threat.
Winchester Model 1887.
Ruger 77/22 magnum bolt action.
Example of a Category B firearm.
Remington 7600/7615.
Examples of Category C firearms.
Remington 870 (skip to 1:21) and Browning Maxus (skip to 3:13)
S&W M&P 15/22
Example of a Category D firearm.
FN-FAL.
Not to mention what you could find on cleaverfirearms.com/Products.aspx?Category=Category C and D.

Costa Rica; I won't say rather or not this is completely wrong, however, I will recommend translating and reading http://www.gunscr.com/Leyes/ley-general-armas.pdfhttp://www.gunscr.com/Leyes/L-8317.pdf.

United Kingdom; the claims are not entirely accurate either.

Columbia; I can't find government documents on this, though I reccomend reading http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/colombia . And I am sure that there are better fighting weapons than a semi-automatic .22lr (manual action or semi automatic shotguns or manual action rifles are a LOT more useful).

Canada; not quite as clean-cut as the author is trying to depict. Also, I can't find any info on collapsible stocks being banned (in fact, there are non-restricted firearms with them). The term "banned" is not totally accurate, but "Prohibited" is, becuase businesses and certain individuals may have "Prohibited" firearms but certainly not the populace at large.
For some extra proof...



New Zealand; this son of a gun confused this big time. And this video comes STRAIGHT from a gun dealer who knows exactly what they are talking about, not some typical American "journalist" who screws things up, has a political agenda, and just might receive a few bucks from big corporations (look up on how just 6 corporations control like 90% of the American media. And you do not need to take my word for it.).


Got this from here. If you want me to take down this image, please tell me to do so in the comments.

About the author, who I won't mention their name becuase I do not mean this to be a personal attack, and besides, unless they are a truly bad person getting called out, why is it necessary anyway?; this individual claims to hold a DEGREE in history from the UCLA, yet, they post frustratingly inaccurate information.
Before you accuse me of stalking, I just looked at the individual's "author", Twitter and Google+ page, and nothing more than that.
I am going to send a link to this to the author via Twitter. I hope they learn a lesson, talks to me about this, and makes a PUBLIC RETRACTION. As humiliated as they might be from making such as retraction, at least it will restore their credibility. 
I think that ANY author whatsoever (no matter what their political affiliation is) who makes a public article on a serious news and/or politics site finds out that some information, evidence and/or claims were wrong and intentionally leaves it up without making a retraction, especially repeatedly, then chances are, they are an absolutely LAME excuse for an information provider. Heck, I even made a retraction myself once or twice (https://plus.google.com/116561475917836019721/posts/V5SEFv8qjM2). Why can't this person do the same?

Look, if you know less about this type of stuff than someone who's younger than you are AND you try to pass yourself off as a professional, then, simply put,I think that there is something wrong with you.
I'll round this up with a few quotes.
"The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." "If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X.
"We need to understand that we are not each others' enemies in this country. And it is only the political class that derives its power by creating friction. It is only the media that derives its importance by creating friction... that uses every little thing to create this chasm between people. This is not who we are." - Ben Carson.
“Knowledge is freedom and ignorance is slavery”. - Miles Davis.
"Truth is truth, even if no one believes it. A lie is a lie, even if everyone believes it" - Anonymous.
"The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant." - Maximilien Robespierre.
"The truth is extreme. To make it moderate is to lie" - StormCloudsGathering.
"A half truth is a whole lie" - Yiddish proverb.

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