“It’s a controversial raffle involving a controversial rifle,” wsbtv.com reports. “The Georgia Gun Owners Group is giving you the chance to win two AR-15 rifles at upcoming gun shows.” Wait. What? What’s controversial about a rifle raffle in Georgia? In Jersey? Sure. Several dozen SWAT teams would be on red alert; the media would be doing its level best to redefine the word apoplectic. But the Peach State? Bottom line: there is no controversy. Except the one that wsbtv.com manufactured, tapping into the local gun control industrial complex. Now why would they do that? I reckon it’s because the aforementioned group emailed the station’s Executive Director . . .
The gun advocacy group called Georgia Gun Owners is raffling off two of them at upcoming gun shows. In an email sent to Channel 2 Action News, Executive Director Patrick Parsons said, “We want more AR-15’s in the hands of Georgia gun owners who want nothing more than to protect their life, liberty and property from the actions of criminals and thugs.”
According to tvnewscheck.com, WSBTV’s News Director Mike Dreaden “honed his skills as an award-winning news manager while working in New York City and Miami prior to joining WSB in 1998.” I’m guessing Mike’s your basic left-leaning, anti-gun media type.
Cox Communications owns WSBTV. According to USA Today, the privately held media conglomerate has “restrictions on certain types of weapons ads.” The “no gun ads allowed” company isn’t likely to be drawing execs from the ranks of The People of the Gun.
So the “AR-15’s for all” email was your basic case of red rag meeting bull. Anyway, here come the usual suspects . . .
“Too much violence already out here, and it gets into the wrong hands and no telling what would happen,” said Atlanta resident Beverly Marks.
That would be some random person carefully chosen to camouflage the fact that the news story has no basis in popular opinion. And check out how the report doesn’t take the word of the Georgia Gun Owners Association that it will run the rifle raffle winner through an FBI NICS check but does accept the gun control advocates’ entirely debunked (i.e., false) claim that 40 percent of gun sales aren’t NICS checked.
Dealers we spoke with said the winners will likely have to fill out an application and get a criminal background check before a rifle is handed over. Organizers said they will do a background check at a gun store. But some worry that if the rifle did not come from a federally licensed dealer, that may not be the case.
“Forty percent of all firearms sales transactions, which are legal under federal law, are conducted without background checks,” said Alice Johnson with Georgians for Gun Safety.
Johnson said high-capacity weapons like the AR-15 are especially troubling.
“We’re talking about high capacity, difficult-to-control firearms that can kill people, masses of people in a very short period of time,” Johnson said.
We’ve said it before. I’ll say it again: no place is safe from the anti-gun agitprop propagated by the liberal leaders of the mainstream media.