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Debunking Gun Myths at the Holiday Dinner Table

Fork Over the Facts

Every day, 100 people in America are shot and killed in the United States. There are a lot of widespread myths and conflicting information about guns, gun violence, and gun safety laws in America. To set the record straight, we’ve developed a series of graphics to help you “fork over the facts” and dispel some of the most prominent myths about gun violence.

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MYTH: Criminals will always find a way to get their hands on a gun. 

FACT: Laws like background checks stop gun sales to criminals every day. Since 1994, these laws have blocked more than 3.5 million gun sales to people who could not legally own guns.

Myth: Criminals will always find a way to get their hands on a gun.

Karberg, Frandsen, Durso, Buskirk, Lee. “Firearm Transfers,” 2015; FBI, 2016-2018.


MYTH: Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

FACT: People with guns kill people, and more efficiently than people without guns. The US gun homicide rate is 25x higher than that of other high-income countries.

Myth: Guns don’t kill people, people kill people

Grinshteyn, Hemenway, “Violent Death Rates,” 2019.


MYTH: Federal law prohibits all domestic abusers from having guns.

FACT: Federal law generally does not cover abusive dating partners or convicted stalkers.

Myth: Federal law prohibits all domestic abusers from having guns

Everytown, “Gun Violence Against Women,” 2019.


MYTH: Strong gun laws don’t work. Look at Chicago.

FACT: Chicago proves why we must push for strong federal gun laws. Many of the guns used in crime in Chicago can be traced back to nearby states with weaker gun laws.

Myth: Strong gun laws don’t work. Look at Chicago

Gun Trace Report, 2017,” Chicago Police Department.


MYTH: A small child cannot pull a trigger.

FACT: Every year, nearly 350 children age 17 and under gain access to a gun and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else — sometimes fatally.

Myth: A small child cannot pull a trigger

Everytown, #NotAnAccident Index, 2019.


MYTH: The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

FACT: If more guns everywhere made us safer, America would be the safest country on earth. Instead, we have a gun homicide rate 25x that of other high-income countries.

Myth: The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun

Grinshteyn, Hemenway, “Violent Death Rates,” 2019.


MYTH: Arming teachers will keep our kids safer in schools.

FACT: Arming teachers ignores research that shows the presence of a gun increases the risks posed to children and teachers. School safety experts and law enforcement oppose arming teachers.

Myth: Arming teachers will keep our kids safer in schools

Everytown, “Keeping Schools Safe,” 2020.


MYTH: We don’t own guns, so I don’t need to worry about my kids getting hold of one.

FACT: Nearly 4.6 million US children live in a household with at least one loaded, unsecured gun. Children and teens access guns in homes other than their own.

Myth: We don't own guns, so I don't need to worry about my kids getting hold of one

Azrael, Cohen, Salhi, Miller, “Firearm Storage,” 2018.


MYTH: Everyone already has to get a background check when buying a gun.

FACT: Federal law only requires licensed dealers to perform background checks. That means that millions of guns are exchanged each year without one – often online or at gun shows.

Myth: Everyone already has to get a background check when buying a gun

Miller, Hepburn, Azrael, “Firearm Acquisition,” 2017; Everytown, “Unchecked,” 2019.


MYTH: Red flag laws take guns from people without due process.

FACT: A judge can only issue a final red flag order following a hearing of which the person is given notice and during which they have an opportunity to be heard. Red flag laws also allow an individual to petition to terminate an existing order.

Myth: Red flag laws take guns from people without due process

Everytown, “Extreme Risk Laws,” 2020.


MYTH: Stand Your Ground laws provide everyone an equal right to self-defense.

FACT: Stand Your Ground laws have a disproportionate impact on communities of color. When white shooters kill Black victims, the resulting homicides are deemed justifiable 11x more frequently than when the shooter is Black and the victim is white.

Myth: Stand Your Ground laws provide everyone an equal right to self-defense

Roman J. Race, justifiable homicide, and Stand Your Ground Laws: Analysis of FBI Supplementary Homicide Report data. Urban Institute, 2013.


MYTH: Stay-at-home orders and social distancing due to COVID-19 have decreased gun violence.

FACT: Unprecedented increases in gun sales, combined with economic distress and social isolation due to COVID-19, are intensifying the country’s long-standing gun violence crisis.

Myth: Stay-at-home orders and social distancing due to COVID-19 have decreased gun violence

Everytown, “Gun Violence and COVID-19,” 2020.


MYTH: Gun violence affects Black and white people in the U.S. equally.

FACT: Black people in the US are disproportionately impacted by various forms of gun violence. They experience nearly 10 times the gun homicides, 15 times the gun assaults, and 3 times the fatal police shootings of white people in the U.S.

Myth: Stay-at-home orders and social distancing due to COVID-19 have decreased gun violence

Everytown, “Impact of Gun Violence on Black Americans,” 2020.


MYTH: Active shooter drills make students and school staff more safe in the case of an active shooter.

FACT: There is no evidence to show student participation in active shooter drills saves lives and data shows they do cause trauma and anxiety. The best way to protect schools from school shootings are proven threat assessment programs and gun safety laws.

Myth: Active shooter drills make students and school staff more safe in the case of an active shooter

Everytown, “The Impact of Active Shooter Drills in Schools,” 2020.

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