Have You Noticed That The Media Turns Off Comments for Gun-Related Stories?

Gun owners are a fairly vocal group of people. Well, some of them are. And the ones that are, really are. When The Huffington Post takes a proverbial swing at gun owners’ rights (or hopeful lack thereof), the comments section runs longer than the Energizer bunny. And that’s not including the comments the site’s editor eliminates with extreme prejudice. More often, news orgs simply turn off the comments section, rather than allow Second Amendmentistas to gun down gun control supporters’ rhetoric, or vice versa. Here’s a good example, after a KGW.com story about a gun accident in Portland, where a 22-year-old man was killed during armed horseplay. “Comments have been turned off for this article.” Admittedly, the arguments for and against gun ownership laws become extremely repetitive over time. But if I had to choose newspapers without gun owners or gun owners without newspapers, I’d continue to surf the net and call it good. Oh, and when will the press stop using pics of gun shops or police crime scenes to illustrate stories about firearms? Just sayin’ . . .

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  1. avatar Jeff says:

    It's their site, they can do what they want. You did the same at times at TTAC as did I, especially when the ad hominem arguments got out of control.

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