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Gun Rebuttal Cheat Sheet

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What is this?

This is a compendium of rebuttals to extremist pro-gun arguments. Our centerpiece is the Gun Rebuttal Cheat Sheet, a quick and handy lookup of retorts you can use in real life. A compact list can be found here.


Why is this needed?

Too often, legislators, gun-control advocates, and journalists are left speechless by claims made by gun extremists. The goal of this website is to help people respond to gun extremists' false and manipulative claims, by:

  • deconstructing those claims,
  • providing concise rebuttals,
  • putting crucial statistics, laws, history, and documents at your fingertips.

Our goal is to change the conversation, and transform people's thinking. By deconstructing and rebutting every known gun-rights argument, we give everyone the tools and language to rebut those arguments in the news media, in journalism, in state and federal legislatures, in academia, in American homes.

Ending gun violence in America requires many strategies. Effectively responding to extremist gun rhetoric is an important part of the solution.

Philosophy

Common Ground

 CommonGround  Although this website provides rebuttals to rhetoric, we do not promote hostility toward gun advocates. We view all Americans-- including gun advocates-- as our fellow Americans. We won't end gun-violence in America by sowing divisions between Americans. Most gun advocates, like most people, are motivated by a sincere desire to do what's best for their families and communities. Let's not demonize each other. Good people on all sides have got to find common ground, and work together.

Let's not allow vested interests to divide us. Let hostile extremists isolate themselves.

"Winning" doesn't mean winning the debate. It's means bringing Americans together for a shared vision.

Finding Common Ground does not mean compromising. It means sharing a bold vision, and taking bold action, together, across political divisions.

Ground Rules

This website insists on:

  • Factual, well-supported data, not deceptive or exaggerated claims.
  • Strict definitions of things like "mass shooting" and "school shooting".
  • Critiques based on evidence, history, and logic, not ad hominems.
  • Emphasis on public health.
  • Calm, respectful tone.
  • A high level of professionalism and literacy.
  • Clear, understandable language.

Source material

  • American Founding documents and history.
  • Academic, government, and respected independent research.
  • First-hand accounts.
  • Court proceedings, Supreme Court Opinions, police records, forensic evidence, photographs, and other public domain material.

What This Isn't

This site isn't a discussion or debate forum, social media site, petition site, or breaking news site.

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  • Apply to become an editor, to help improve and expand this resource, and make this the go-to resource for gun-sense rebuttals.

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