Ever since I first noticed the media noticing Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, I’ve complained of carefully chosen camera angles. It’s the Moms’ media enablers’ attempts to hide the fact that MDA events are sparsely attended. Well, here it is again. Except this time, Dallas’ WFAA used editing to hide the fact that the police-averse Huey P. Newtown Gun Club consists of six – count ’em six – members. The written version of the story is similarly bereft of numerical context . . .
They are armed with rifles and clips, and ready for action.
“We felt it was up to us to patrol our communities — especially since a number of police acts of terrorism have occurred in Dallas,” said Eric Khafre with the Huey P. Newton Gun Club.
This is an organized force; a recently-formed group made up of several paramilitary organizations in Dallas. Their mission is to become a regular presence, and they are recruiting . . .
They are calling themselves the Huey P. Newton Gun Club. One of the factions involved is the controversial New Black Panther Party. They say they are for gun rights and the right to openly carry guns, but make no mistake, the group doesn’t like law enforcement.
“Police are running rampant in the community, and they say police are to protect and serve, but basically they are gunning down our people,” Khafre said.
The Newton Gun Club is a bigger group, perhaps, but it uses the exact same rhetoric used by members of the New Black Panther Party. That group has protested Dallas police-involved shootings for years. They protested in 2005 in front of DPD headquarters.
Hey WFAA, how about some numbers? How many armed followers assembled for the carefully orchestrated, gratefully received (by the TV station’s producers) Huey P. Newton Gun Club media event? How many African-Americans are part of this “recently-formed group made up of several paramilitary organizations in Dallas”?
Don’t get me wrong. All Americans have a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. But as a Jew, as a Texan, I’d like a little intel on the unabashedly anti-semitic (not to mention racist) New Black Panther Party.
To its credit, WFAA shares my disquiet. At the same time, they want to exaggerate the threat to public safety to cast aspersions on all armed Americans. Hence writer Rebecca Lopez’s closing question: “Is this a positive force, or is it creating the potential for violence?” As if any armed group is a bad thing, right?