Thursday, July 13, 2023

Ryan Busse: Master of Misinformation, Certainly... But an Expert in the Firearms Industry? Hardly.

Every time Ryan Busse, a popular former firearm enthusiast now turned advocate for gun control, is called to discuss gun control issues, one should prepare for a sensational discussion. 

As a Senior Advisor for the Giffords gun control group, Busse was asked to appear on MSNBC's "Reidout" where he conversed with host Joy Reid. Reid lamented about her supposed fear to venture out of her house on Independence Day due to an increasing number of firearms in America, which she referred to as a chaotic situation.

Busse promptly provided the common gun control arguments, irrespective of their factual accuracy, ostensibly to incite fear in Reid and her viewers. The discourse then took an erratic journey through truths, bypassing and circumventing facts, ultimately diving into outright inaccuracies.

Busse often portrays himself as a firearm industry "specialist" to those in the media who are keen on gun control. However, this claim isn't accurate. He often dons plaid flannel shirts typical of hunting attire, enjoys hunting with high-end shotguns, and engages more with blue-anon progressive politics than focusing on the facts.

One shouldn't trust his narrative. He merely represents a contemporary version of a scam artist promoting gun control as an all-in-one remedy.

During his appearance on MSNBC, Busse started off with his fabricated "firearm facts." Reid did not challenge any of his questionable statements, rather, she seemed to feed her preconceived notions with his unfounded claims about the evil nature of all guns and their owners (excluding her guest, of course).

At no point did they consider the necessity to prosecute criminals and hold them accountable. This would negate the need to embrace the gun control solution. 

AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib

Busse's extensive experience in the firearm industry is a point of pride for him. He served from 1995 to 2020 during which his employer produced over 2.3 million firearms for the American market, not including exported items.

Although there are indeed more guns in America today than 20 years ago, just like cars, the legal sale and possession of firearms don't inherently lead to crime, much like the sale of cars doesn't result in drunk driving.

Throughout his tenure in the industry, alleged to have transformed America into a "shooting gallery," crime rates actually fell to record lows. Crime began to surge with the onset of the pandemic and the civil unrest from 2020.

Busse and Reid overlook that the majority of gun owners are law-abiding citizens with the constitutional right to own firearms. Every firearm sold is completed with the necessary paperwork, including a signed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473, and verification against the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

In a highly dismissive comment about civilian gun ownership, Busse told Reid that owning firearms has the potential to swiftly take away citizens' "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness." However, he conveniently neglected to mention that the Second Amendment does not in any way grant anyone the right to infringe upon the "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness" of fellow citizens.

The baseless accusations by Busse against the firearm industry were predictably echoed by Reid, who unreasonably blamed the firearm industry for persuading Asian Americans to buy guns, a notion that questions their ability to make informed decisions about exercising their Constitutional rights.

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In reality, Asian-Americans have become victims of racially motivated violent attacks and have chosen to arm themselves for protection. Yet, Busse and Reid seem to question why they would exercise their right to own guns for protection, the same right Busse exercises in his home in Montana.

There were also a number of falsehoods spread during their conversation. One was Reid's claim that the firearm industry promotes the "stand your ground" laws, encouraging people to use their guns at the slightest provocation. However, this is completely untrue. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the Firearm Industry Trade Association, has never taken a position on these laws, as it isn't an industry issue, but a gun owner issue.

Chris Cheng (courtesy C-SPAN)

Those ill-informed comments about the firearm industry, lacking any factual basis, should be treated the same way as reckless shotgun fire into the night: they should neither be made nor tolerated.

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