A pro gun-control video was released this week by States United to Prevent Gun Violence in hopes to ‘shame’ first-time gun buyers out of their purchase. Their “every gun has a history” campaign is used for no other purpose than to make people feel guilty to exercise their second amendment right to protect themselves.
Throughout this video, the ‘gun salesman’ discourages these individuals by telling them that the very gun they’re looking to purchase was used to murder innocent people.
The first woman to come in is looking for advice on what type of gun to use for protection. The salesman then pulls out a .22 revolver and says “It’s the easiest gun we have to use. It is our most popular one. It’s a .22 caliber, 6 inch revolver. It’s also a gun that a 5-year-old found in his parent’s bedroom and went down and shot his 9-month-old baby brother with it”.
The next customer is looking for a 9mm semiautomatic pistol. He is given the story of how the gun he has in his hands was used by a 2-year-old in Wal-Mart who shot his mother.
He does the same thing with a shotgun and an AR-15.
Instead of teaching people how a actually gun works and advising them to keep it in a safe place at all times, this fake salesman literally shames people out of continuing their education.
This ad is completely ridiculous to me. First, it is trying to indicate that the gun itself was the reason these people died and then uses that false idea to dissuade people from purchasing their first gun. These guns weren’t what killed all of the people that he mentioned. It came down to either carelessness on the parent’s part or a mentally ill human being who decided to use a weapon to harm other individuals. The basis of this argument is “you don’t want to buy THAT gun. That gun killed all these people.” Not to mention, the whole premise of this video is implying that current gun owners aren’t sympathetic towards some of the shooting tragedies our country has gone through.
Finally, this video is extremely one sided. If you want to dissuade someone from purchasing a gun (not that it should be your choice anyway), at least give them all of the facts. Not once did this sales person mention how many times guns have been used in self-defense situations such as home intrusions, sexual assaults, and even to stop public shootings. How about you have an area of the store with guns that were used to SAVE lives? Then let’s see their reaction.