As someone who works in the firearms industry, I’ve witnessed the media’s twisted portrayal of gun-related incidents more often than I can count.
When it comes to firearms, misinformation can spread like wildfire. You’ve probably seen stories or blog posts that make you scratch your head and say, “Wait, that can’t be right!”
I got into writing because I was not too fond of the BS and decided to do something about it. In the fast-paced world we live in today, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of information or misinformation. With just a few taps on a screen, we can access a plethora of knowledge, opinions, and perspectives.
Recently, I posted an article I wrote for USA Carry in a Facebook group related to firearms, and someone decided to be one of “those people.” The story was about a recent shooting in Chicago, and he tried to say I was creating “hype” and “exaggerating numbers.”
Here is the conversation I had with John Doe.
I don’t usually go there with people, but his profile picture featured a shark. Plus, sometimes, I’m not going to lie; I like a good “debate.”. Well, as it ended up, I was wrong. My numbers were WAY understated and not hyped up. At the time I wrote the article, the final tally hadn’t come out, and CWBChicago said:
“Candidly, there were so many armed robberies in our primary coverage area overnight, we simply cannot reliably tell you how many occurred. Conservatively, we can say 20 armed robberies occurred. We believe the number may ultimately be more than 25.”
There ended up being 243 robberies in Chicago that week, which averages out to 34 per day. Since more crimes usually happen on weekends than weekdays, their numbers were way low. They also clearly said they couldn’t keep count.
The firearms industry is a topic that often sparks intense debates and passionate discussions. It is crucial for those of us working in this field to provide accurate news so readers can understand what’s really going on. By doing so, we can help dispel myths, promote safety, and ensure that readers are well-informed.
Misinformation, unfortunately, runs rampant in the digital age. Falsehoods and misconceptions can spread like wildfire, leading to misunderstandings and potentially dangerous outcomes. The wrong information can perpetuate negative narratives and create an atmosphere of fear. By presenting accurate information, we can all challenge these misconceptions and promote a more nuanced understanding of firearms and their role in society.
Getting the facts right helps readers or students make informed decisions. Whether it’s purchasing a firearm, understanding firearm laws, or exploring self-defense options, accurate information empowers individuals to make choices based on knowledge rather than hearsay.
One thing I always do in class is explain how to do something and the reasoning behind it. That way, when the next person comes along and tells them something different, their answer isn’t “That’s what he told me to do.” If someone chooses a different route, then at least hopefully, they did so because that’s what they decided was best for them based on facts.
In an era where social media and online platforms dominate our information consumption, it’s easy to fall victim to false narratives, biased opinions, and cherry-picked data. I encourage readers to be critical thinkers, to seek out diverse sources, and to cross-verify information before forming opinions or making decisions. The importance of getting the facts cannot be overstated. Accurate information promotes safety, dispels misconceptions, and empowers readers to make informed decisions. I may get some things wrong, but I do my homework. If I’m wrong, by all means, let me know, and I’ll make revisions when necessary. I’m glad people point out things I did wrong because I learn from my mistakes, and no one is perfect.
By the way, John Doe, I’m still waiting for your reply!