Sebastian has a fun little troll, who is trying to claim that CCW permit holders are responsible for 200 murders each year. You know how he’s doing this? By making up numbers. It’s really quite cool, actually – just like MikeB’s magical “10%” of gunowners claim, it’s based on a total lack of understanding about how statistics actually work.
Of course, I’ve noticed that this is awfully common among anti-gun advocates. If the facts don’t fit your narrative, that’s no problem, just make up new stuff and portray it as fact! The problem being is that it actually works some of the time, specifically because it targets the general lack of knowledge of firearms, concealed carry, and gun rights issues that most folk are burdened with. So when a guy like Mark says “I’m a reporter and here’s my research”, it’s really nothing other than him trying to leverage his perceived authority as a “reporter” to lend credence to an argument built on lies.
Which goes to one of my favorite drums to bang, namely that of “education”. We win arguments like this not by engaging with people like Mark, but rather by educating the people he’s trying to persuade with his made up numbers.