Category: Media

Media Matters: Registration ≠ Genocide

“A new video commentary released by the NRA references the Holocaust and other instances of persecution to advance the baseless claim that ‘the government is collecting more and more gun registration data which could be used against gun owners in the form of full confiscation,’” Timothy Johnson writes at the 501(c)(3) non-profit “progressive research and information center” known as mediamatters.org. “The NRA frequently uses the Holocaust to fearmonger about gun rights, and has on three recent occasions been rebuked by civil rights group Anti-Defamation League for misappropriating the history of the Holocaust.” In other words, Media Matters agrees with the ADL that gun registration has nothing to do with the Holocaust. Perhaps they didn’t read . . .

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“Anonymous gun tip lines helping police confiscate more illegal weapons.” Or Not.

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I sometimes wonder if the people writing mainstream media headlines bother to read the story beneath their header. Oh sure, they get the general gist of it. But I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve encountered an anti-gun headline above a story that didn’t accurately reflect the content. The cbs58.com headline above - Anonymous gun tip lines helping police confiscate more illegal weapons – is the best ever example of just how biased and plain old wrong a header can be. I’ll cut to the chase . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: New York Post Cache as Catch Can Edition

Drugs and gun "cache" (courtesy nypost.com)

Cops find cache of guns and heroin in storage locker nypost.com proclaims. “They were prepping for a different kind of storage war,” the lead asserts, making a pun while unintentionally drawing attention to the pathetic nature of the gun “cache.” “Police discovered a trove of guns, heroin, and cash while executing a search warrant in a Brooklyn storage locker and a nearby car Monday night, authorities said. Cops raided the unit at Lockaway Self Storage in Fort Greene at 6:30 p.m. after three men wanted for recklessly driving ATVs on a public sidewalk were spotted parking inside, according to police. Officers found fourteen ATVs and dirt bikes inside the unit along with four loaded handguns, officials said.” I hope they were more careful unloading the guns than the Post’s editors were about unloading their usual anti-gun hysteria on unsuspecting readers. [h/t DD]

How to Beat Rolling Stone’s Anti-Gun Agitprop in Three Easy Steps

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Rolling Stone is attacking Americans’ gun rights like never before. We’ve seen The Five Most Dangerous Guns In America, an epic Larry Pratt hit piece and How to Beat the NRA In 7 (Not-So-Easy) Steps. If that’s not enough – and it really is – RS also serves-up an interactive America’s Gun Violence Epidemic page. (The publication offers one pro-gun piece, Confessions of a Liberal Gun Lover.) Needless to say, the anti-gun articles are riddled with misinformation, mischaracterization and misdirection. So what’s a gun guy to do? You could write a stern email to Jan Wenner or post a comment underneath the articles in quesiton, but that’s bound to be as effective as, well, gun control. So here are three things you can do to make Rolling Stone – or any other pro-gun control media outlet – eat their words . . .

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Larry Pratt is Responsible for the Waco Siege. Or Not.

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Rolling Stone Magazine’s latest anti-gun polemic is a tome-length effort at taking down Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt. In The Zealot: Larry Pratt Is the Gun Lobby’s Secret WeaponAlexander Zaitchik recounts – in mind-numbing detail – Pratt’s career, highlighting his alleged links to everything from white supremacists and neo-Nazis to the biblically-inspired basis for his uncompromising views on the Second Amendment. There’s no shortage of guilt by association employed, as well as some rather spectacular glossing over of salient points that wouldn’t otherwise fit the article’s narrative. Perhaps no example is as illustrative as Zaitchik’s rendering of the roots of the Waco siege . . .

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Question of the Day: Is This the Best Gunfight Scene in Movie History?

The story goes that Harrison Ford had the flu when he was supposed to shoot a fight scene for The Raiders of the Lost Ark. The result was an on-the-spot script change that will live forever in movie history as the best ever-gunfight. Of course, you may beg to differ. Don’t beg! Paste. Just paste the YouTube url in a comment below – without adding text. Anyway, why would you? Great gunfight scenes speak for themselves. And us.

An[other] Excellent Reason Why Cops Shouldn’t Shoot Dogs

Crime scene (courtesy walb.com)

“Coffee County Sheriff Doyle Wooten confirmed late Thursday night that a 10-year-old boy was shot while investigators stormed the scene where they said the suspect in a shooting traveled to,” walb.com reports. Ending a sentence with a preposition? Up with that we should not put! Anyway, translation: a Georgia deputy shot a 10-year-old boy while trying to apprehend a suspect in a police shooting – which always pisses cops off (oops!). And here’s the kicker . . .

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