There are a lot of myths about gun owners on the Interwebs. For whatever reason, people seem to believe everything they read, watch and listen to about gun owners. Not good — because most of what people read, watch and listen to is B.S.
So, in any effort to dispel some of the myths about gun owners and to disabuse those with anti-gun sentiments, here are 10 untruths about those who embrace their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms:
1. Gun Owners Dream About Killing Someone
Not true. Certainly we prepare to use deadly force, but we don’t yearn to take a life. Would we fatally shoot a serial rapist, pedophile or spree killer who was about to perpetrate an act of violence? Absolutely, but it’s not something we dream about doing.
2. All Gun Owners Are Republicans
Not true. Many are, but many are not. For the record though, the GOP tends to be more gun-friendly than the Dems.
3. Every Gun Owner is a Member of the NRA
Nope, not true either. There are approximately 100 million gun owners in this country, of which only 5 million are official members of the National Rifle Association. While the NRA fights to protect the rights of all gun owners, it only represents a fraction of the gun-owning population
4. Gun Owners Are Mostly White, Old, Fat, Bald Guys
Meet urban gun enthusiast Colion Noir (see below). He is neither white nor old nor fat nor bald. There are many others like him. Hank Strange for example, is also not a white, fat, bald guy.
5. Gun Owners Only Socialize with Other Gun Owners
Not true. Many gun owners have coworkers, friends, wives, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, children that just aren’t into firearms. We peacefully coexist with mostly everybody.
6. The Bigger the Gun the Smaller the “Gun”
Not true. Just because someone prefers long arms or large caliber weapons doesn’t mean they are compensating for a anatomical deficiency. Trust me on this one… Wait, that sounds weird.
7. All Gun Owners Believe in God
False! There are atheist gun owners, like myself.
8. Hunting Is the Reason Why Gun Owners Support the Second Amendment
Hunting is a reason why gun owners support the Second Amendment, but it isn’t the only one. The primary reason gun owners support the right to keep and bear arms is for self-defense — not only against evildoers, but also against government tyranny.
9. All Gun Owners Rightly Believe 9mm is Superior to .45 ACP
Nope. Believe it or not, some actually think that .45 ACP is superior to 9mm. Crazy, right? We call these gun owners, “noobs.”
10. Gun Owners Don’t Have a Sense of Humor
False! Read number nine (it was a joke). Also, maybe number six (I’m not saying we’re funny, just saying that we have a sense of humor).