CBS Airs an Anti-Gun Pro-Gun Story

The gunblogosphere lit up yesterday, after CBS aired a “shockingly positive look at women and guns” [above]. Yes, well, I don’t think so. The video above does not include the full report, which starts like this: “Well, good morning. There are a lot of studies out there that show women are taking up guns for many different reasons. Some are for self-defense. But there is another group who see it more as a sport, and the other day, I spent some time down in South Carolina shooting clay targets with women who say this is a lot more fun than golf.” In other words . . .

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CNN’s Don Lemon Owns a Machine Gun! Or Not.

Making talking head Don Lemon look like a gibbering buffoon is a little like making Kate Upton look breathtakingly attractive. Both endeavors require virtually no preparation, planning or significant effort. During this priceless clip in which CNN’s prattling presenter attempts to rally support for more Second Amendment limits, Don Ferguson – who is apparently not related to the troubled Missouri town – attempts to explain the difference between an automatic and semi-automatic firearms to the not-so-pithy Lemon. Exactly what any of this has to do with the Ferguson (the city, not the guy) protests and riots is anyone’s guess, since the only gun involved in the Michael Brown shooting was Officer Darren Wilson’s pistol. Still, it’s a wonderful illustration of the fact that knowledge of your topic du jour is not a prerequisite for getting a high-paying gig as host of your own tragedy TV show. When CNN hired Don, they got a real Lemon.

[h/t Dirk Diggler]

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CNN Wolf Blitzer: Why Don’t Cops “Shoot to Wound?”

Wolf Blitzer asks why cops can't "shoot to injure." (courtesy cnn.com)

“On Thursday, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked guest [lawyer] Jeffrey Toobin why police weren’t instructed to “shoot to injure,” instead of kill,” talkingpointsmemo.com reports. “Blitzer’s questions arose during a discussion on the unfurling conflict in Ferguson, Mo. over the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. ‘They often shoot to kill,’ Blitzer said of police. ‘Why do they have to shoot to kill? Why can’t they shoot a warning shot in the air, scare someone off if they think they’re in danger. Why can’t they shoot to, injure, shall we say? Why do they have to shoot to kill?'” [Click here to watch the clip] TTAG reader F reckons Blitzer’s ignorance . . .

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Fox News Pimps for NY Safe Storage Gun Law. Tucker Carlson to the Rescue!

When you hear gentle music in the background of a TV news package about a shooting death it’s a sure sign that the producer is pro-civilian disarmament. It’s only a matter of time before the announcer says something along the lines of “the bereaved parents are looking to pass Nicholas’ Bill in New York State.” You know; some gun control bill that would have saved the young boy or girl’s life. No mention’s made of the legislation’s downside, or the fact that the new law violates the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Ah, but this time, on Fox & Friends, Tucker Carlson was there to put the report in a less flattering light . . .

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Here’s a Message That Makes as Much Sense as Anything Everytown is Producing These Days [NSFW]

Not that Mayor Mike’s marketing mavens have ever really hit any home runs in trying to convince Americans to support more restrictions on their right to keep and bear arms, but whomever is producing his spots is clearly in a slump. Their most recent effort did a better job making the case for gun ownership and armed self defense than it did at scaring women into relinquishing any of their rights. The video non-sequitur above is obviously a takeoff on the much better executed, more lulz-worthy Bad Lip Reading vids. Still, the producer, dayjoborchestra, managed to repurpose MAIG’s “Demand a Plan” post-Newtown appeal and generate something that’s every bit as effective and coherent as the original. And he probably did it in his spare time. That alone deserves a virtual fist-bump.

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American Rifleman: 7 Reasons Why Pocket Pistols Are, Uh, Less Than Ideal

Pocket guns (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

When the NRA’s Shooting Illustrated made the ill-conceived, poorly constructed and downright dangerous Remington R51 their cover girl, the buff book’s street cred took an enormous self-inflicted hit. Shooting Illustrated’s loss was the consumer’s gain. I reckon R51-gate triggered a new spirit of truthiness. Another NRA pub American Rifleman, in particular, seems to be feeling its editorial oats. To wit: 7 Reasons Why Pocket Pistol Suck May Not Be For YouI’m picking up what B. Gil Horman’s putting down. I mean, I’m not picking up the pistols that B. Gil Horman’s putting down. I mean, SPOILER ALERT! . . .

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SilencerCo’s Marketing Mavens Make Their Mark

We’ve posted a bit of press over the last week about SilencerCo’s new shotgun silencer, the Salvo 12. For those not in the know, the Salvo 12 is a silencer made for your scattergun, and it is making waves, just not the auditory kind. But as the video above shows, SilencerCo isn’t a one-trick pony. They’re adept at making stunning marketing videos, with solid concepts, that appeal to a much broader audience than your “typical” gun owner. Or at least I thought.

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: MMA Edition

Joe Riggs before he shot his hand (courtesy mmafighting.com)

Joe Riggs out of UFN 51 after ‘unfortunate accident’ with gun, the headline at mmafighting.com proclaims. Setting aside the “unfortunate” descriptor, I’m not a big fan of the word “accident” when it comes to negligent discharges. I prefer “negligent discharge.” It’s a term that ascribes blame for an inadvertent ballistic event. “The UFC announced Tuesday that ‘Diesel’ injured his hand while cleaning his own pistol and won’t be able to recover in time for the UFC Fight Night 51 card in Brasilia, Brazil, on Oct. 13.” Yeah, about that cleaning thing. Are there really people stupid enough to shoot their hand before cleaning their gun? Shouldn’t that whole “accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun” thing be reserved for police suicides, protecting widows’ pensions? Anyway, the passive part . . .

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Mother Jones: NRA General Counsel Robert Dowlut is a Murderer

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If you’ve been reading these pages in the last few months, you’re probably aware that the lefty magazine Mother Jones has been on its own anti-gun jihad of late. Apparently supremely peeved by the lack of anti-RKBA progress — particularly on the national level — in the 18 months since Sandy Hook, the gloves have clearly come off. And, like most members of the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex, pro-gun public enemy number one is, was, and always will be the National Rifle Association and its 5 million members. As seen by Second Amendment foes, the NRA is the 800-pound gorilla of gun rights advocacy, the lobbying colossus that bestrides Capitol Hill striking righteous fear into the hearts of any who would presume to oppose them. Which means they must be struck down at any cost. And that explains MoJo’s article recounting NRA general counsel Robert Dowlut’s 1964 murder conviction . . .

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: Pregnant Woman Edition

FN 1911 (courtesy miami.cbslocal.com)

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

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NBC: Gun-Toting Shrinks Are a Bad Idea

“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 . . .

 

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