Random Thoughts About Guns and Media Bias

“This is not a neighborhood where you’ve frequently had to deal with sort of stray bullets and gunfire being associated with other types of crime is it?” No, of course not. Only yes. Yes it is. If Ms. Maddow’s minions had Googled “lincoln park denver crime rate” they may have discovered this little tidbit from streetadvisor.com: “Artists and some young urbanites love the area, and with good reason, but unfortunately, high crime and poverty rates make that life less than ideal for many residents and make a painful contrast with the thousand-dollar abstract paintings hanging in the galleries.” Wikipedia on Lincoln Park . . .

The crime rate and poverty rate are also much higher than city and national averages. The crime rate is 196 incidents per 1,000 people and a poverty rate of 37.64%.

Anecdotal evidence of non-Obama-related gunfire in the area? Here’s one that went down two blocks east of Lincoln Park last March from denverpost.com:

A man was shot on the sidewalk on Lipan Street between West 12th and West 13th avenues this afternoon. He was rushed to nearby Denver Heath Medical Center in critical condition, said police spokesman Sonny Jackson.

Why didn’t Maddow do her homework?

Willful ignorance. Maddow didn’t fully consider/investigate an alternate theory for the Lincoln Park shooting because she doesn’t do the “fully consider” thing. She starts with a world view—conservatives are evil, violent, selfish dopes—and then shoehorns the facts to fit. No matter what the topic. Consciously and subconsciously.

It’s easy enough to assume that Maddow found it easy enough to assume that the bullet that struck the Obama campaign storefront was aimed at the Obama campaign storefront. Those evil, violent, selfish conservatives have guns! Why wouldn’t one of them take a pot shot at the well-intentioned political operatives trying to make life better for the 47 percent? It’s common sense!

This [unexpressed] pro-gun = dangerous dudes hyperbole is nothing new. It reached its zenith in 2010, when the media did everything in its power to smear the Tea Party. Maddow and Co. portrayed America’s most polite protest movement as proto-insurrectionists. Armed proto-insurrectionists. By extension, any American who owned a gun and didn’t support the President and/or government was a threat to society.

In her search for character assassination ammunition, Maddow made the trip to the NRA convention. She misrepresented members’ firmly held belief that the Second Amendment is America’s most effective bulwark against tyranny as, well, white power. “The guys with the guns make the rules.” NRA (and Tea Party) members have the guns. They’re white. Do the math.

Thankfully, that approach didn’t work out so well for Maddow and Co. I’m not exactly sure why the left-leaning anti-militia meme ran out of steam. I think it was a confluence of factors: gun law liberalization created millions of 2A-aware owners, the mainstream media’s dominance continued to decline, Heller and then McDonald kicked in, and no armed insurrection occurred.

Today, a media campaign to portray all gun owners as whack jobs would find fallow ground. We need only look at the lack of legislative reaction to the recent spate of spree killings for evidence that gun control advocates have lost momentum. But the cause—and the media bias for their cause—lingers, like a virus, ready to “flare up” should conditions be right.

Gun control advocates need to understand that we cannot lower our guard or surrender one inch of territory to those who would remove our civil right to armed self-defense. We cannot let media prejudice and ignorance go unchallenged. And while Maddow and Co. wait to “move the needle” on “the national debate about guns,” we must fight our battles one at a time, on the local level.

Like this [via The Virginia Citizens Defense League]

I was contacted by a gun owner in Surrey County who has been waiting for over 3 months for his permit.  The Circuit Court Clerk, Ms. Gail P. Clayton, is refusing to issue a temporary permit as is required by law.  I contacted Ms. Clayton and advised her she was in violation of state law and that she needed to get the temporary permit out forthwith.

She was not a happy camper, insisting that she could not issue even a temporary permit without the judge’s OK.  She said the sheriff’s office was still trying to verify the background on the applicant.   I showed her where the law required her to issue the temporary on day 45 with or without the judge’s approval and with or without the background check  results.  If the sheriff is taking too long, then that is too bad.

I advised her that she needs to obey the law.  Either issue the temporary permit, have the judge deny the permit (with a full explanation for the grounds of that denial), or issue the actual permit.

If she is still refusing to do her job next week, I will suggest to the Board that we get a writ of mandamus issued to force her to do her job.

She’s an elected official and she needs to remember exactly who she is serving and that she is not above the law.



  1. avatar Michael B. says:

    “It’s easy enough to assume that Maddow found it easy enough to assume that the bullet that struck the Obama campaign storefront was aimed at the Obama campaign storefront.”


    1. While it’s arguably likely the bullet was aimed at the storefront, it’s also possible that it was a stray round fired by someone involved in some other kerfuffle, not a politically motivated “message” directed at the Obama people. Unless you’re Rachel Maddow.

      1. avatar Michael B. says:

        I get it, just pointing out that the sentence is a bit clunky.

        BTW Maddow and the squawkers on the left always harp on pointless incidents like this but never really cover the violence of their own “side.” Remember the FBI investigation of the OWS (IIRC) dudes who wanted to blow up a bridge? Never covered by Maddow.

        Hacks gonna hack.

  2. avatar SCS says:

    “Why didn’t Maddow do her homework?”

    Because she is a Pinko-commie liberal media gun grabber.
    Next question?

  3. avatar Curzen says:

    So why didn’t you do your homework and instead of waffling about crime rate provide information about how often that includes gun use by criminals as that would be relevant to argue Maddow’s point. And why exactly do you go oin a long rant trying to rule out that it was a deliberate shot fired at the office? Your post is a somewhat lame attempt at counter propaganda.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      I’m not ruling out the possibility that someone took a shot at the Obama campaign outpost.

      I’m saying that Ms. Maddow dismissed the possibility of an alternate explanation without even glancing at the idea in the rear view mirror. Her leading question betrayed her bias.

      1. avatar JPD says:

        “Why didn’t Maddow do her homework?
        Willful ignorance. Maddow didn’t fully consider/investigate an alternate theory for the Lincoln Park shooting because she doesn’t do the “fully consider” thing. She starts with a world view—conservatives are evil, violent, selfish dopes—and then shoehorns the facts to fit. No matter what the topic. Consciously and subconsciously.”

        This is hysterical. The very thing that you accuse Maddow of……see statement above……applies to many of the pro gun crowd.

        I am Republican. Two of my trap shooting buddies are Democrats.

        But to listen to Maddow or the pro gun crowd, it is always the same. Republican…GOOD!!! Democrats EVIL!!! Or the other way around. Hard to keep up…..

        Time for those of us, of any persuasion, who choose to use our brains, to lump ALL the unthinking, ignorant, biased people into ONE group.

        I propose a NEW label, since we all LOVE labels.

        ZOMBIES!!!! Yes, and the first pro gun, pro hunt advocate that has done more damage than any other idiot to our rights to hunt and bear arms??? Ted Nugent, our idiot of the year. He makes Maddow look like a genius.

  4. avatar shawmutt says:

    This again brings up the point I made in an earlier post. The media is a bunch of biased, lying, incompetent morons with a liberal agenda…

    …unless we agree with them–then they are the best source available.

  5. avatar Greg Camp says:

    Maddow does what she’s paid to do–yammer incessantly about her left-wing agenda. I don’t bother with cable, so I rarely see her, other than when someone posts a clip. (Yes, a clip. That’s one correct use of the word!) From what I can tell, she’s not news. She’s commentary. You get what you pay for, I suppose.

    As the distribution of power continues with the Internet, people like Maddow will become increasingly irrelevant. Expect to see ever more shrill messages while the viewers slip away.

  6. avatar jwm says:

    Rachel who? and why should i care about her opinion? Everybody has one.The homeless guy at the bus stop talking to a bottle of his own urine has an opinion. I don’t value his either.

  7. avatar Ralph says:

    Why would anyone waste their time listening to a cranky beyotch with a bad haircut?

    1. avatar shawmutt says:

      Because even cranky bitches with bad haircuts make good points once in a while. Look, I’ve watched Ann Coulter become a delusional transvestite copy of herself over the years, but even she occasionally makes a good point.

    2. avatar dan says:

      Well I’m married, so I have to.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        If the missus reads over your shoulder you’re gonna see a whole new level of pissed off.

  8. avatar Paul M says:

    Never thought I’d be defending Maddow, but the article and comments all seem to me like they’re putting a lot of words and assumptions into her report of a shooting at campaign headquarters. Did I see the same clip of Rachael you did?
    Shooting at campaign HQ is something I’d expect in a third world country, and I hope America hasn’t come down to that level.

  9. avatar Aharon says:

    2008 History repeating itself??

    ’08 race worker held in damage to Colorado Democratic HQ’

    “One of two people suspected of shattering 11 windows Tuesday morning at the state Democratic Party headquarters has an arrest record and a history of helping a Democratic political candidate, public records show”

    — Leftist supporter Maurice Schwenkler — a male who looks somewhat like Rachael Madcow — was the window breaker. Moving forward to today: False Flag possibility.


  10. avatar IndyEric says:

    Who is this Maddow guy? I don’t think I like what he has to say.

  11. avatar JJ Swiontek says:

    As a resident of Denver, I can add that there are some neighborhoods that are very high crime (armed robbery, muggings, gang on gang shootings) and that area is one of them.

    Also, the windows in question have been broken before… by a leftist Democrat who thought the country wasn’t being socialist/communist enough.

  12. avatar GS650G says:

    The few hundred people watching MSNBC were sure fooled by that one.

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