The gunblogosphere lit up yesterday, after CBS aired a “shockingly positive look at women and guns” [above]. Yes, well, I don’t think so. The video above does not include the full report, which starts like this: “Well, good morning. There are a lot of studies out there that show women are taking up guns for many different reasons. Some are for self-defense. But there is another group who see it more as a sport, and the other day, I spent some time down in South Carolina shooting clay targets with women who say this is a lot more fun than golf.” In other words . . .
The network reporter’s intro immediately separates guns for self-defense from guns for sport. [Click here for a transcript of the entire report.]
Now you could say, who cares? We’ll take whatever pro-gun message we can get from the mainstream media. Or you could say, it’s the same old Fudd (guns are OK for hunting but nothing else) in a different wrapper. That the anti-gun media is dividing the gun world into “good guns” and “bad guns”; “good gun owners” and “bad gun owners.” Just like anti-ballistic billionaire bully boy Michael Bloomberg.
Note: I’m not making this up.
CRAWFORD [reporter]: You know, it is like you are talking about something that is completely different, completely removed from handguns and gun violence. I mean, these women see their sport as this great American tradition that they hope their daughters and their granddaughters will continue and that others will go out and pick up those guns as well.
See what I mean? Crawford’s talking about an activity “completely removed from handguns” because handguns – all handguns – are tied to “gun violence.” How shockingly positive is that? Nor am I surprised that this entire news package is based upon the magazine Gardens & Gun, which treats guns – when it even mentions them – little more than object d’art. A lifestyle accoutrement.
It’s great to see women shooting clays on the network news. But I’d rather see them defending their life and the lives of their loved ones through force of arms. And hear them talk about their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms as a bulwark against government tyranny. Suffice it to say, I’m not holding my breath.