On a bated question on gun violence and bans, Miss South Carolina says education is key
Via Awr Hawkins at Breitbart
The question about gun control came from Amy Purdy, who said, “America loves our Second Amendment, but gun violence continues to be a tragic problem. Do you support a ban on military-style assault weapons?”
Dial responded: I don’t [support such a ban]…we need to increase education. We have to go back there. If we teach people the proper way to use guns, then we will reduce the risk of having gun-related accidents. It starts with education.
The question was quite skewed, as many others know military-style assault weapons account for very few firearm related deaths in America. The problem is that many Americans are buying into these lies because mass shootings with assault rifles are excessively covered by the media. Handguns actually hold the leading numbers, accounting for 80% of gun murders in America.
It has been discussed before that anti-gun advocates have tried to attach fear and push bans on “assault” weapons even though FBI crime statistics show they don’t pose a significant threat in gun violence and deaths. Breitbart news also published a report showing that rifle related deaths account for “.012 percent of the overall deaths in America in 2011.”
So why would the question “Do you support a ban on military-style assault weapons?” be posed after the statement”gun violence continues to be a tragic problem..?” This kind of skewed question immediately associates violence with guns, and is trying to coax the listener into automatically assuming guns to be the problem and banning guns to be the solution. It doesn’t talk about gun violence and then ask an unbiased follow-up question such as “what are your thoughts on the solution to this?”
So Miss South Carolina Daja Dial answered the question quite perfectly, education is essential: not only for teaching people the proper use of using guns, but also education on teaching people to think for themselves. We need education to show more people that guns are not the problem, and banning guns is not the solution.