Guns and America: Take the Quiz

It has become exceedingly challenging to cut through the ever-growing bramble of news coverage around gun rights and laws in the United States. What’s fact? What’s chatter? Take this quiz to find out.

Comments: 12

  1. "But roughly a third of American gun owners are thought to have bought guns without even the federal background check"
    So thinking a statistic makes it a fact?
    And conflating the 2016 inspections "more than half" violations with "less than 1 percent" loss of license is pure propaganda. The violations were mostly simple clerical errors in filling out the required forms. Not gun dealers selling under the table to criminals.

  2. That's another false number perpetrated by the liberal anti second amendment fifth columnists. Earlier They claimed it was 40%, then 22%, now it's 30%. The "study" they quote says that in 1994 40% of people surveyed said they bought a gun without a background check. An incredible statistic! We didn't have background checks until 1998, in November.

  3. If thinking a statistic makes a statistic a fact, NRA’s “thinking” might be a public nuisance endangering the public. A further example: Fergus's fourth sentence, which might be speculation hoping to be a fact.

  4. One can actually look up the violations that were clerical errors and those that were actual acts of crime.

  5. This isn't a quiz to test a person's knowledge of guns in America. It's a test to gauge the thoroughness of one's level of indoctrination to the liberal agenda's talking points and agreed upon misinformation.
    The second amendment has always been an individual right to own arms. Look at its history before the Constitution was written, in constitutions of individual states.
    The Quinnipiac poll should just replace the nation's election laws and processes. It would save us all vast sums of money and trouble. Gerrymandering of representative districts would be obsolete. The question in question in the poll in question is phrased thusly:
    "58. Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?"
    Notice there is no mention, there never is, that we already have background checks. One must not assume that all Americans are knowledgeable of the nation's current gun laws, unless the population surveyed is targeted.
    Another question asks: "60. Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of guns to people who have been convicted of violent crimes?"
    That law already exists, now, today.
    Psychologist Peter Langman, who ever he is, says this and that. Has he examined the influence of the military on mass shooters? There is a difference between influence and one who just recalls the events of a past incident. There is active influence and there is simple memory of an incident.
    More than one third of our mass shooters were in the military.

  6. Question nine gives the false impression that an instant background check is the only requirement for buying a pistol - and that we are as lax as Yemen in restrictions on firearms purchases. This is disingenuous at best, pure deception at worst.
    Requirements to buy a gun legally are set by the states. In Connecticut, for example, a person can only buy a handgun if, in addition to being a resident, you have a valid Permit to carry Pistols or Revolvers. It's federal law that you can ONLY buy a gun in the state where you are a legal resident.
    In order to earn that permit to carry a gun you must take a class in handling and safety, pass a written exam, pass a practical exam on a firing range with a certified instructor, be fingerprinted, and pass a background check. Only after all of these requirements have been met is a permit issued. The entire process takes approximately three months. Basically, the permit process acts as a de facto waiting period for buying a gun legally. Even after all this, the permit to carry a gun is only valid in Connecticut. The required instant background check rule, imposed by the Federal government is no more than a final step since the buyer has already passed a background check, been fingerprinted, and had a three month waiting period. It's a pretty rigorous process. I only wish that the state would open mental health records to the background check as well.

  7. Connecticut is an outlier, with some of the strictest laws. Here in Georgia, "any person may sell a firearm to an unlicensed resident of the state where they reside, as long as they do not know or have reasonable cause to believe the person is prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms." No gun safety classes, no exams, no fingerprinting, no background check.

  8. This is a great article. I got 11 of 13 questions correct. I'll go back and review the links to further reading.
    There is no way to control gun ownership state by state or city by city, as there is absolutely no way to enforce such laws. Much as the gun advocates hate to hear this, the only way to manage firearms is the way other countries with workable and effective gun laws do it, i.e., on a national basis. Federal law ought to govern all aspects of gun possession. Our hodgepodge of laws and jurisdictions, makes a mockery of gun control laws.

  9. Do you know our federal gun laws?

  10. I believe the Federal gun laws are limited in scope, weakly drafted, and poorly enforced. The 33,000 or so gun deaths in the US each year testify to that.

  11. How about the similar number of deaths caused by cars or opioid narcotic drugs? How about the 400,000 caused preventable medical error?
    Why not education and training on the use of and prevention of death and injury caused by the improper use of guns? Would that help? The NRA does that. The Brady organization and all of the other gun control organizations do not.

  12. I know that White Nationalist terrorists are stockpiling guns, encouraging all Americans (but not you, brown people) to buy guns to "protect themselves," with the hope that they will eventually take down our government, and make the U.S. a White, "Christian," fascist state. Dandy.