Politicians lie. That is their job. They lie so that they can placate those below them and do the bidding of those above them. If, for a minute, you think that there are not those enjoying American violence as entertainment then you need figure out how to look under the hood.
We all benefit from evolution whether or not we see or accept it or not. Man’s primary evolutuionary tool is the ability to think and reason. One plus one equals two. Math that is the answer. Math rarely lies. The only time it does is when the user makes a mistake. American Guns have a similar story.
Some things are designed only with one intended purpose. Even brandishing that thing can be the cause for action. I would rather self regulate and find a peaceful path than stay on track for a violent one.