Deputies: Pregnant Woman Killed While Admiring Gun Collection the miami.cbslocal.com headline proclaims. Of course, that not the kind of passively constructed story that we’re used to hereabouts. The header clearly suggests that there’s a killer to be named later. Yup, you guessed it: the gun. “The Citrus County woman and her husband were looking at the gun collection belonging to her friend William DeHayes in Brooksville when DeHayes .22 caliber revolver discharged and hit the wife in the head. Katherine Lynn Hoover, 25, was quickly transported to a nearby hospital and then airlifted to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where doctors removed the woman’s baby, but he did not survive. Hoover died early Sunday.” Sad. The news org dishonors their memory by . . . Continue Reading
“Psychiatrists and mental health experts interviewed by NBC News didn’t see gun-toting doctors as a new trend. In fact, they said, guns really aren’t the best protection against a violent patient with severe mental illness.” See what they did there? “Psychiatrists and mental health experts interviewed by NBC News” implies that the network news folks spoke to a wide-range of mental health experts and came up with a consensus about armed shrinks in light of the Dr. Lee Silverman’s defensive gun use at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Anyone who reads TTAG knows there are plenty of pro-gun MDs who understand the value of their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Strange how NBC didn’t manage to find one. But they did find this guy . . .
“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 . . .
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 . . .
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]
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 . . .
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 Weapon, Alexander 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 . . .
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.
“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 . . .
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow - the electronic equivalent of Febreeze for gun rights - revealed to TMZ she took her 15-year partner on a first date to a gun range. A few years ago, Ms. Maddow journeyed to the NRA convention to spew her anti-gun vitriol “from the belly of the beast.” I saw her there looking with [what I thought at the time was] disdain at a tricked-out AR-15. I now realize that Ms. Maddow is a closet gunnie. Setting aside the obvious hypocrisy of someone who lobbies for civilian disarmament recommending ballistic dating protocol, is it possible that the girl’s for the turning? And if she could respect Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, what would happen to the rest of her politics? The mind boggles.
The horrific story coming out of Houston – a man named Ron Lee Haskell shot dead five children and one adult – is bad enough. The response of Gawker commentators is worse (but not unusual or unexpected). JE writes: “After climbing onto the soapbox of ‘acceptance’ they demonize people who hold different values…. for being close minded. They go on to call the firearms owning public a variety of ugly generalizations. And they advocate murder. Why are these people salivating at the thought of the government rounding up their enemies? Are they that shortsighted, or just bloodthirsty?” To which the only possible answer is yes. My question: how can Gawker leave these comments up – unless they approve?
Paul Barrett [far left] is bloomberg.com‘s gun guy. I don’t envy the man his job. While Barrett’s book on GLOCK revealed his enthusiasm for background checks (i.e. “closing the gun show loophole”), ammunition magazine capacity limits and “ballistic fingerprinting,” the man’s not drunk fully of the boss’s civilian disarmament brew. Barrett knows that no gun control law will stem the tide of firearms-related violence in Chicago. Nor will gun buybacks do anything whatsoever to reduce firearms-related crime. And he’s not afraid to say so. Why he’s not afraid for his job is anyone’s guess. I reckon it’s because Bloomberg hasn’t noticed yet. Meanwhile, score one for common sense commentator control. Make the jump for Barrett’s on-camera [auto-play] spiel . . .