Adam Weinstein’s article The NRA Was Waging War on Facts Long Before the ‘Fake News’ Boom singularly, spectacularly fails to prove that the NRA is fact-challenged or pumping-out fake news. Here’s the Trace scribe’s “proof” that the NRA is misleading Americans:
– “The terrorists want you to elect” Hillary Clinton.
– “Chaos is an ever-present danger to Americans today.” (This prediction by LaPierre has been a perennial one, shared on the eve of at least two recent American elections.)
1. NRA Veep’s Wayne LaPierre’s accusation that the ATF’s gun running operation was an anti-gun rights plot hasn’t been proven, but it makes perfect sense. One thing we do know: F&F wasn’t an attempt to arrest gun smugglers, as the government maintained. The fact that the ATF let over 2000 guns “walk” in 10 months puts paid to that theory.
2. The link for the “Obama is coming to confiscate your guns” takes us to a politifact.com page without any direct mention of gun confiscation. The same Politifact with a deep, demonstrable anti-gun bias that infects every analysis of a firearms-related claim. Except for the top article listed at the link, which rates the NRA’s assertion that More people die from “medical misadventures” than firearm accidents nationally and in Florida as “mostly true.”
3. NRA commentator Don Raso’s does indeed state that “the terrorists want you to elect Hillary Clinton” in the video above. However, it’s clear that Mr. Raso isn’t speaking literally. His point: Hillary Clinton’s anti-gun rights pro-“gun free zone” agenda leaves potential victims vulnerable to terrorist attacks, which suits their purposes.
4. Weinstein’s fourth and final example of NRA “fake news” links to his own article NRA’s Leader Warns of “Sprees of Murder and Mayhem” as Elections Near at fortressamerica.gawker.com. Gawker, the how-low-can-you-go, anti-gun, left-leaning organization forced into bankruptcy because of their editorial misadventure, is the source for proof of fake news? Anyway, the NRA’s warnings of an “EMP, a massive cyber attack, another 9/11 or just isolated sprees of murder and mayhem” is positing the possibility. Which is true.
In short, none of Mr. Weinstein’s claims count as fake news. And this is the best he’s got. On the other hands, we’ve fisked dozens of articles proving that The Trace is a constant source of “fake news” — twisting stats to further their holy war against Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
As Dan the Man might say, if gun control advocates like Mr. Weinstein didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all. But more than that, they are people without moral bearings. As proven by The Trace propagandist’s final sentence.
This is the NRA’s pride and pain: It is engaged not in an exhaustive search for truth on gun issues, but in an exhausting, manichaean struggle against everyone who doesn’t understand the absolute need for absolute gun freedom.
According to wikipedia.org, “”manichean” is widely applied (often used as a derogatory term) as an adjective to a philosophy of moral dualism, according to which a moral course of action involves a clear (or simplistic) choice between good and evil, or as a noun to people who hold such a view.”
When it comes to gun rights, there is a clear choice. The NRA makes the right one. Mr. Weinstein and his employers make the wrong one. Which is why The Trace publishes fake news about everything, including fake news.