5 Stupid Anti-Gun Control Arguments Debunked

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In the wake of the Mike Rowe’s anti-gun control meme that spotted up my Facebook page, I decided to poke a bit of fun at the NRA today. It was surprisingly easy to do. By just browsing Twitter, I found more than my share of memes to attack. Sadly, the followers of the all-mighty gun believe a lot of these memes 100 percent. It makes you wonder how well Wayne LaPierre makes Kool-Aid.

Number 5 – If only the Indians/Jews/Martians had guns excuse


Yes, that is tragic. First the white man came, across the sea, he brought us pain… No, wait, that’s an Iron Maiden song.

Let’s face it, this is an old argument that is used for any group that was ever killed in any place or time in the world. For example, there is also an anti-gun control meme for this using the Jewish people of World War II (also completely false, by the way).

Let’s look at this meme bit closer though. There is no denying that a 1890 massacre occurred. However, what’s wrong about this meme is the massacre in question was actually Wounded Knee. Some of the Lakota did have arms, the area was not a school, and the shooting started over a Lakota — Black Coyote — who did not want to give up his rifle because he paid a lot for it.

To recap, this meme is full of it because not only were the people armed, it also wasn’t at a school. Furthermore, only a real slime ball would try to make light of Sandy Hook.

Number 4 – Israel arms their teachers to stop mass shootings


You know your anti-gun control meme sucks when the country you are lauding says you have your information wrong. When the NRA stated that Israel armed their teachers to stop crazy gunmen coming in and shooting their kids, Israel pointed out a small detail. They never really had this issue.

In fact, Israel claims to have only two mass shootings at a school in the past four decades. Furthermore, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told CBS News:

“We’re fighting terrorism, which comes under very specific geopolitical and military circumstances. This is not something that compares with the situation in the U.S.”.

To recap, this anti-gun control meme is full of it from the start. Israel itself states the basis of this meme is false. They further back their reasoning of arming the teachers as a need of a country facing an ever vigilant wave of terrorism.

Numbers 3 and 2 – Hey, other things kill too!



Where do I even start on this one? Is the NRA really trying to make a claim that guns are a law of nature? That, maybe on the Third Day God created a gun while making an ocean? Maybe the NRA thinks guns evolved from something like a single celled amoeba? Oh wait, that couldn’t possibly by their answer. I mean, how could they explain how guns evolved from their brains?

To recap, this anti-gun control meme equates a gun with either an element found in nature or a law of physics itself. Did this one even need busting? Sadly, with the number of times these memes pop up on social media, the answer is “yes.”

Number 1 – Let’s arm our school teachers!


Apparently, only the signs that the NRA approves of will work. Teachers barely make minimum wage (do the math folks, find out how many hours a teacher puts in at home or after school and use that to find out the hourly wage). Does the NRA really think arming teachers is a good thing? If you want to send your child to a building that regiments their day while being surrounded by people armed with weapons, then there is good news for you! A place like this already exists. It’s called, “prison.”

To recap, this anti-gun control meme fails to address how sending your kid to school at a prison helps the child. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how sending little kids into a building surrounded by armed adults doesn’t make for the most productive learning environment. Furthermore, there isn’t one glimpse of truth that this would work as a deterrent. If carrying a gun made you invulnerable to shootings, then someone needs to tell that to the 50 cops who died in shootings last year, which is an increase of over 56 percent from the previous year.

Jo Szewczyk is an American scholar who earned his PhD from Lancaster University in the UK. He is currently an ex-pat American living in Montreal, Canada where he spends his time with his cat, Chuck Finley.