There are three major news sources that constantly publish “fake news” on guns and gun control: The Huffington Post, The New York Times and The Washington Post. These “news” sources have an entirely reliable record of parroting the civilian disarmament industrial complex’s party line on gun control — without context or “fact checking.” In yesterday’s Post . . .
David Weigel (above) wrote about the fight over gun control in a Montana special election. I’ve already blogged the story here. Basically, the Democratic candidate for Representative, Rob Quist, floated the idea of a national gun registry. Here’s the quote again [via meanwhilemontana.com]:
“They’re only meant to kill people. So maybe there should be some legislation to register those types of things. You register your car to drive, why not register guns.”
Note: Quist was referring to all AR-15-style (i.e., semi-automatic) rifles. Not hunting rifles or handguns. Here’s how The Post’s scribe reported the controversy in his piece To deflect gun rights criticism, Montana Democrat shoots a TV:
Democrats are increasingly bullish on their chances in Montana’s May 25 special election, in which country-folk singer Rob Quist is competing for the state’s sole seat in the House of Representatives. One problem: In a January interview, Quist floated the idea of legislation to create a registry for automatic weapons.
Politically, it didn’t matter that he left handguns and rifles out of the idea, or that some heavy weapons already must be registered. Republicans, always looking for a kill shot, began portraying Quist as a gun grabber. An ad from the National Republican Congressional Committee threw images of hunting rifles on-screen and said Quist would create a “gun registry,” leaving the impression that he’d take away every gun he could.
As you the quote above clearly indicates, Quist did not float the idea of legislation to create a federal registry for automatic weapons — all of which must be registered with Uncle Sam. Quist floated the idea of legislation to create a registry for semi-automatic rifles. Which includes the majority of rifles in Montana and everywhere else.
Bottom line: Quist did not leave rifles out of his registration idea. That is a lie.
More than that, Mr. Weigel fails to explain the connection between a federal gun registry and gun confiscation, stating only that the [mischaracterized] semi-automatic rifle registration proposal leaves the “impression” that Mr. Quist wants to confiscate all firearms. An assertion that no one but Mr. Weigel has made. It’s the fear of the federal confiscation driving this “debate.”
If nothing else, Mr. Weigel’s use of the completely inappropriate, incendiary term “heavy weapons” reveals his ignorance, his anti-gun rights agenda and his bias. And the ignorance, bias and anti-gun rights agenda of his editors. And The Post’s publisher. Which highlights their hypocritical love of “fake news.”