If you don't have the truth on your side, just make things up as you go. That seems to be the motto of the gun control movement. Misleading facts, skewed statistics, and outright lies are the meat and potatoes of their efforts to nudge public opinion in their favor.
Take, for example, the issue of controlling the flow of illegal guns into Mexico, a lie that has been exposed in this column, as well as by several other Gun Rights Examiners. It is simply not true that 90% of the guns used by the Mexican drug cartels come from the United States, but saying so makes it easier to follow up with applying international pressure to reinstate the failed "assault weapons ban." Now, they're trying the same lie to get pressure from Canada as well.
As expected, the gun grabbers are using this week's fitness gym shooting to rally more support for restricting concealed carry after at least one source is claiming the shooter had a ccw permit. Even if that turns out to be true, arguing that abuse of the system by a small majority means that the vast majority cannot be trusted is absurd. Most drunk drivers have a driver's license. Do we take those away from everyone in order to cut down on alcohol related traffic accidents? It's an established fact that nearly every subset of society has a few bad apples, but that doesn't spoil the bunch.
Sensationalism by the media plays into this as well. They do it not only to push an agenda (it seems many urban newspapers are run by anti-gun editors) but also to sell papers and bring eyeballs to the screen. For example, the Lorain Morning Journal is reporting that a city councilman found a "9mm Intratec machine gun" outside a vacant house. This undoubtedly* refers to the TEC-9, a pistol recently demonized by the mainstream media for being a scary black gun. However, it is not a machine gun and is little different from many other semi-automatic handguns. But, you can't let little facts like that get in the way of a good story. While it is possible that it was illegally modified to fire fully automatic, that is an unlikely scenario.
Groups like the Brady Campaign are using Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court as an example of the waning power of the NRA and the gun rights movement, trying to make it seem like gun control is inevitable and people should just give up on trying to protect those rights. Yet recent polling indicates that gun rights are more popular now than they've been in many years. Gun control pundits can only hope that the lies drown out the truth in order to sway public opinion back to their side.
* Update: A new article about the found handgun reveals my prediction was correct and it really was a semi-automatic, not a machine gun.