Simply put, gun control cannot survive without an accompanying sea of disinformation. - Anonymous (But accurate.)
And The Other Side™ follows the mantra of "repeat the lie and it will eventually be believed."
SayUncle points to another example of this, from today's Washington Post, America has more guns in fewer hands than ever before. Opening paragraphs:
You've probably heard by now that the Obama administration has been a boon to the U.S. firearm industry. Gun manufacturers boosted production by 31 percent between 2011 and 2012. National tragedies from Newtown to Ferguson are accompanied by stories of surging gun sales.Except I've been there, fisked that before. May, 2013: DECLINING GUN OWNERSHIP!!
But data released this week from the General Social Survey, widely regarded as the gold standard for social science survey research, shows that in 2014, the number of American households owning guns remained at 40-year lows.
Yes, the General Social Survey says a smaller percentage of households contain guns than at some time in the past. However, Gallup says gun ownership is up. Either way, the total number of households has increased over time, resulting in the TOTAL NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS CONTAINING GUNS INCREASING, so there are MORE guns in MORE hands than ever before - the exact opposite of the WaPo headline.
But that doesn't fit the Narrative of gun owners as The Other, a declining demographic of middle-aged overweight white men with "low sloping foreheads" that will eventually die off and can therefore be dismissed.
The Left and the media (but I repeat myself) depends on the general population's stupidity.