SAF Condemns Media Bias as Election Looms

Second Amendment Foundation condemns media bias

From the Second Amendment Foundation:

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today condemned what it considers blatant media bias against firearms, which invariably seems to show up in headlines and news reports just prior to an election.

“We’ve got an important midterm election next week,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “and gun control versus gun rights is an important shadow issue because Democrats have already made it clear that guns will be on the agenda if they take control of the Congress.”

He was not surprised that the Associated Press circulated an article headlined “Guns send over 8,000 US kids to ER each year, analysis says.” Gottlieb said it is “no coincidence” that such stories appear before an election.

“Guns haven’t sent anybody anywhere,” Gottlieb observed. “Careless people or criminals misusing guns are responsible, but guns get the blame. The problem is that many people never read past the headline, and this sort of thing contributes to the public’s impression that bias drives such sensational headlines.

“In Washington State,” he continued, “there is obvious media bias in some publications about a gun control initiative on the ballot. All five major law enforcement groups in the state, representing thousands of rank-and-file lawmen and women, are opposed to the measure, but the media downplayed their importance, referring to them as a ‘handful of law enforcement groups,’ or ‘some law enforcement groups,’ while vastly inflating the importance of three officials, including a single county sheriff, who are supporting the initiative.

“The press screams when anybody talks about ‘fake news’,” Gottlieb noted, “but this bias is exactly what people are talking about, and when it comes to gun issues, it’s blatant. News agencies refer to gun prohibition lobbying groups as ‘gun safety organizations’ to help disguise their true intent. They talk about ‘semiautomatic assault rifles,’ when there really is no such thing, since true ‘assault rifles’ are fully automatic.

“It’s all subliminal, but it is designed to create an impression about firearms, gun owners and their desire to add further restrictions on the Second Amendment,” he stated. “It’s deplorable and dishonest, but it exemplifies why people no longer trust the media. The public is not as dumb as the press thinks, and the proof is shrinking newspaper circulation and declining ratings. The press needs credibility, but on the gun issue, that was sacrificed a long time ago.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

 

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  1. avatar JasonM says:

    They talk about ‘semiautomatic assault rifles,’ when there really is no such thing, since true ‘assault rifles’ are fully automatic.

    But what about the ones that are “fully-semi-automatic”?

    1. avatar Jeff in CO says:

      Those are called ghost guns and use a 30-round magazine clip and shoot 30 bullets a second…

      1. avatar Oliver says:

        Those also have a selector lever that is able to go past semi to FULL RETARD. That’s when you know it’s a legitimate military grade fully semi automatic weapon. That and a barrel shroud that goes up on your shoulder.

        All kidding aside, the Anti-gun left knows exactly what this all means over the years. They know damn well that by inventing a million new nonsensical definitions that are then baked into federal and state laws, gun owners will now be walking through legal minefields just to own and carry firearms. Sure you can own a rifle…wait a minute, is that little piece of metal hanging off the end a bayonet lug? Well now, you now have an unregistered semi auto assault weapon you bad felon! It’s death by a thousand cuts. Seriously. Mike Bloomberg pilots helicopters on top of being a financial wiz. Do you honestly think he has no idea how an assault rifle differs from a semi auto? They’re even getting dictionaries to redefine the terms on their own terms: http://thefederalist.com/2018/03/31/merriam-webster-online-dictionary-changes-definition-assault-rifle/

        So yeah, they know exactly what they’re doing.

        1. avatar GunnyGene says:

          You’re right, of course they know, and they are pretty good at manipulating public opinion. While they’ve been focused on semi-auto “military style”, magazine capacity & rate of fire (bump stocks are the poster boy for that), for some years now, that’s not the end game. They will go after other accessories and capabilities. Scopes and other common products that increase accuracy at long range for example, especially those that are in use by the military. A mil-dot illuminated reticle scope on your favorite fudd gun, you say? No-no, can’t have that piece of “military” hardware. And so on. Don’t think for a second they will be satisfied with just AR/AK or other semi-auto’s. Eventually, they’ll get around to anything that will throw a bullet more than 10 ft.

      2. avatar Geoff says:

        LOL! Kevin “Ghost Gun” DeLeon.

  2. avatar Wayne says:

    I have been telling people at work for many weeks, there will be something big make the news before the midterms. I was so correct.

  3. avatar Realist says:

    Even if Dems had House, Senate & White House, there’s no guarantee gun control legislation would pass. After all, Reps have had all the levers for two years, and the deficit keeps growing, Obama-care is the law, there is no immigration or social security reform, etc.

    1. avatar New Continental Army says:

      Democrats are good at one thing. Voting in lockstep.

      1. avatar Realist says:

        Doesn’t do any good without Senate and White House. And they are no better voting ‘lockstep’ than the Reps.

    2. avatar HP says:

      Refresh my memory, didn’t they have all 3 after the Sandy Hook shooting?

      1. avatar Geoff says:

        Democrats had all 3 in 2009 and 2010 and all they did was force obamacare down our throats. They did nothing on gun control but run guns to the Mexico Cartels.
        They lost the midterm elections to the Republicans.
        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/nov/03/us-midterm-election-results-tea-party

  4. avatar frank speak says:

    the dems feel gun control is a winning issue…we’ll see…

  5. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    Proud Boys banned from Fascist Book.

    1. avatar Mister Fleas says:

      Social media needs to be regulated like a utility to keep us from being silenced.

      1. avatar Conservative says:

        anti-capitalist bulls4!+

  6. avatar Sora says:

    THIS is why it’s ever important for YOU as someone who understands #2A to confront these lies and talk to others.
    Yes, not exactly polite but when they learn from you that BIG BAD NRA only threw in $30 Millions in 2016 while Bloomberg alone threw in $100 Millions, plus much more from George Soros (with articles from Forbes.com etc) you can change the minds of the people once and for all about what the media really is about. One talk from you makes them stop reading just the headlines from #FakeNews

    I’ve personally converted more than one person to vote away from Dems.

  7. Come on come on say it like it is…. Willful political propaganda by groups of people and political organizations that wish to overthrow US Constitution/ Bill of Rights. Number one groups being: Democratic Party, media corporations, Silicon Valley, excetera excetera…. all in League to bring about their form of a utopian Marxist regime. I don’t think United States voters of that stupid not to see all these groups, organizations ,and media Outlets are acting. Almost alarming. Like a foreign invasion. Like going to bed and suddenly waking up in the Soviet Union.

  8. avatar California Richard says:

    News headline: “MEDIA BIASED RE: GUN CONTROL”, next: “WATER WET”.

  9. avatar m. says:

    f the media, sore-ass, and all other anti-2a d-suckers

  10. avatar joefoam says:

    Yes the media is totally biased, gun owners are very aware of this fact. The question is how to combat it. Endless barbs about gun nomenclature will have no effect. Anti gun sentiment has nothing to do with the details. To most who oppose gun ownership the weapon or how it works isn’t an issue.

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