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Fact vs. fiction in the latest gun control claims by NRA, politicians

Posted: 10:56 PM, Apr 18, 2013
Updated: 2013-04-18 22:56:57-04

It might still be hard to see the facts through all the smoke after gun control advocates and the gun lobby fired back and forth at each other leading up to and following yesterday’s Senate vote.

But President Obama did not mince words when calling out the NRA and other gun supporters, saying they misled the public and used basic scare tactics to push an agenda.

“Instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and it’s allies willfully lied about the bill.”

So just what did the NRA say about the proposed gun legislation and how accurate was the information?

We took a look at some of the propaganda and asked Hunter College Political Scientist Jamie Chandler to help decide whether the claims are fact or fiction.

First up a flyer from the NRA to members, this one in Virgina.

Fiction

In it the NRA claims the bill “would criminalize the private transfer of firearms between law abiding citizens”

So we asked Chandler Fact or Fiction:

The pamphlet also says the bill would “make it illegal for a family member to transfer a firearm to another family member without the federal government’s approval”.

Chandler says this claim is also false… and worse he says it’s designed to pray on an emtional connection for gun lovers.

Then there’s this commercial from the NRA’s website:

“President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg are pushing gun control, but America’s police say they’re wrong. 71% of police say Obama’s gun ban will have zero effect on violent crimes.”

9 law enforcement organizations already banned together to speak out again this ad.

But Chandler says it’s a perfect example of how statistics can be skewed to manipulate the public.

Since the vote many of the politicians who support the gun control amendments have said the law will eventually reflect the desire of the public, referencing a survey that showed 90-percent of the nation supports background checks for gun sales.

But think about this: In the Senate, California, which represents almost 40-million people and supported the amendment, has the same weight as a state like Wyoming, which has a little more than half a million people and voted against the amendment.