Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: YouTube Claims A Victim Edition

“Officer Tanya Turnbow, Tooele Police Department, tells FOX 13 News the [unnamed] man and wife were at home Saturday morning and the man was watching an instructional video on how to manipulate his .40-caliber handgun.” Oh how I wish Fox 13 was more specific. What instructional video was on their computer? Did it tell them to clear the weapon before guiding them through a drill or takedown procedure or gun twirling demo? If it was a “why .40 caliber sucks” video (like James Yeager’s above), point taken! Here’s the passively worded money shot . . .

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Shocker: Dart Center Rejects My App for Gun Violence Workshop

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A couple of weeks ago, I received the expected rejection letter from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma on my application to attend their “workshop for journalists on covering guns and gun violence”.  I expected it because it’s clear that their Bloomberg-funded “workshop” has become a mere exercise in producing disarmist propaganda, rather than an objective effort designed to help journalists get their facts right on events involving guns. To give credit where due, Bruce Shapiro, Director at Dart, was unfailingly polite in the rejection letter . . .

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NRA Demos Suppressors, Dispels Myths for Illinois Media

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Some here at TTAG can be quick to voice our criticism of the NRA. When we think they are slow to react or we think their message is off. But we should also take time to pat them on the back when they get it right. And they did just that in Illinois this week. In a showing of forward thinking, NRA arranged for a shoot and demonstration of suppressors for the capitol press corp. NRA has been working with the American Suppressor Association to legalize suppressors in the Land of Lincoln. Bills have been filed and they continue to work on the issue at the state capitol . . .

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Huffington Post Posts the Truth About Guns. Ish.

Mario Almonte (courtesy twitter.com)

There’s a cold wind blowing in Hell. huffingtonpost.com has posted a TTAG hat-tipping polemic entitled In Gun Control Controversy, Can Americans Handle the Truth? Penned by right-leaning PR strategist Mario Almonte [above], the editorial dropped my jaw further and further towards the poker table that is my desk (when I smoke cigars in the garage). While an anti-gun undercurrent emerges fully-fledged in the last ‘graph, everything up to that point is unabashedly pro-gun. Check this out . . .

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New Jersey’s Anti-Gun Delusions Continue Apace

“IN NEWS that flew slightly under the radar this week, a report published in The Record showed that gun confiscations in Paterson had jumped by roughly 70 percent last year, a promising sign amid more disturbing headlines about a rash of fatal shootings,” northjersey.com’s editorial Getting the Guns reminds readers. Seventy percent! Holy cop stop Batman! Yes Robin, but I remind you once again to follow your math teacher’s advice. Examine the absolute numbers involved rather than simply accept a percentage increase as a sign of a significant trend. Gosh Batman, you’re right! I keep doing that. How many guns are we talking about? Well, old chum . . .

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An Afternoon Shooting with NBC’s Ronan Farrow

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A couple days ago we put up a post asking for volunteers for a segment to air on NBC about “Gun Culture 2.0.” The idea was that we’d all meet up at the range, NBC’s Ronan Farrow would ask us some questions about young people and guns, then we’d all shoot some stuff. A number of our readers showed some understandable trepidation about volunteering for an NBC piece, especially given the mainstream media’s history of making gun owners look like crazed, bloodthirsty lunatics. But we were willing to take the chance, and I think things turned out better than we could have hoped . . .

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Everytown for Gun Safety Creates ‘News’ Service

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“Everytown for Gun Safety, the nonprofit advocacy organization co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, is launching an adjacent news operation, scheduled to debut in June, Capital has learned.” A Bloomberg-funded “news” organ featuring the talents of former New Republic scribe James Burnett and Joe Nocera’s one-time girl Friday, Jennifer Mascia. Mayor Mike clearly sees an un-met need in the information landscape. Obviously, the current mainstream media aren’t sufficiently anti-gun enough, given recent trends in public opinion vis-à-vis firearms. Think of it as an Al Jazeera for the civilian disarmament set. This should be, well, interesting if not entertaining.

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America Launch Be SMART for Kids Campaign

RF recently previewed the latest Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in American “gun safety” campaign. The official video has dropped, along with an MDA press release. A document that begs the question why are we tracking unintentional shootings? How is uniting gun owners and anti-gun whack jobs going to prevent suicides? Clearly, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in American thinks it will. Their latest press release makes the link. . .

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Question of the Day: Does Gun Ownership Make You Less Confrontational?

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TTAG reader DH writes:

Depending on my mood in the mornings, I’ll either listen to XM radio for morning show idiot-free music or NPR. Yeah, I know. Anyway, as luck would have it this morning was a NPR day. They have a long-running a series called StoryCorps. It’s a collection of short three- to five-minute personal stories as filler between the local and national news. I was getting ready to hop out of the truck when the story titled “The Day One Man Decided To Give Up His Gun” came on. I was compelled to stop and listen. . .

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Michael Bloomberg and Hollywood: A Love Story

As we’ve mention a couple of times now, Billy Johnson’s raising funds via Kickstarter to produce a film he’s calling ‘Protecting Liberty.’ As he puts it, “The right to keep and bear arms is preserved in the United States Constitution. The media-fed misperception that we are less safe, and that guns are the cause, has been used repeatedly to deny that constitutional right. To push our political leaders and our fellow citizens to demonize that right.” If you’ve seen any of his excellent AmidsTheNoise videos, you know the voodoo that he do so well . . .

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Larry King: Russian Anti-Gunner?

Larry King still has a television show? On Russian TV? Geddowdaheah! And yet somehow that makes perfect sense. Larry’s always been in perfect lockstep with the Russian propensity to crush liberty underneath its leaders’ jackboots. In fact,one wonders how long it will be before NBC sells MSNBC to RT and whether that would make any difference to their small, left-leaning anti-gun audience. Just sayin’ . . . [h/t DrVino]

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Head of Gun Control Org Kicks Single Mom to the Curb

Bryan Miller in 2008. Photo credit: USA Today.

The Philadelphia Inquirer will never be mistaken for a pro-gun publication, but even their editorial board found the travails of Shaneen Allen — a single mother of two who ran afoul of New Jersey’s Kafkaesque firearms laws — appalling. “Allen’s case illustrates the danger of relying on prosecutors for restraint, a consequence of any mandatory minimum sentence. Tough gun laws can save lives, but rigid penalties for sometimes minor crimes risk needlessly ruining lives, along with the rationale for those laws.” . . .

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