“There are a lot of reasons why Americans buy firearms, but one of the main reasons is the concern that gun control is, this time, really going to happen, and it’s necessary to buy guns now, because you won’t be able to later,” Dan Cassino (above) opines at newsweek.com. “Why would Americans think this? Perhaps because the news media, and Fox News in particular, are saying it. The possibility of gun control may make for good ratings, but it’s also directly responsible for millions of additional gun sales in America over the past few years.” The possibility of gun control? What about the reality? Like New York’s SAFE Act. Or California’s Gun Violence Restraining Orders. Or the Golden State’s forthcoming ban on “high capacity” magazines. Or Connecticut. Or Maryland. That said, I am angry at Fox for . . .
giving that secret statist, faux populist, anti-firearms freedom blowhard Bill O’Reilly a platform for his toxic blend of bombast and bilious bullying.
Then again, ratings. Like Mr. Trump, Mr. O’Reilly is giving “the folks” what they want. Like it or not — and I think I made it clear that I find the duo’s popularity deeply disconcerting — that’s how we roll in a Constitutional republic.
By the same token, if Fox sounding the alarm on gun control leads to more Americans exercising their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, why is that a bad thing? If Fox’s coverage of yoga led to more people exercising their right to exercise, result!
I am equally curious why the left-leaning mainstream media — led by their imperious leader in the White House — suddenly decided to tell voters that “no one’s coming for your guns.”
Statistically minded members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia may wish to examine Mr. Cassino’s number crunching and mark his paper WTF. Suffice it to say, the New Jersey professor’s “reasoning” led to this inherently dubious correlation = causation conclusion:
All told, coverage of gun control on Fox led to an additional 1.9 million background checks in the three months following the Sandy Hook shootings, and millions more over the course of Obama’s term in office. Those background checks, of course, represent far more than 2 million additional guns, though we don’t know exactly how many.
Any coverage of gun control on Fox leads to additional sales, but when Obama is popular— and perceived to be able to actually do something about gun control—the effects go through the roof. Fox News is telling people that Obama is about to take their guns away, and America has millions more guns on the streets because of it.
Note to Mr. Cassino: it’s not paranoia when people are actually out to get you.