The mainstream media often reports negligent discharges (ND’s) in the passive voice. This is particularly prevalent in stories of police ND’s and ND’s that claim the lives of children. The technique sugar coats the shock and deflects blame from the person responsible for the “accident.” Unfortunately, it leaves readers with the impression that the gun was somehow responsible for the damage done. For example, “A 12-year-old girl is dead after a rifle discharged, fatally shooting her during a youth hunting event on Drummond Island,” Michigan’s abc10up.com reports . . .
The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened late Sunday morning. They say two children and two adults were driving on Glen Cove Road when a hunting rifle discharged and shot the girl, who was sitting in the back seat.”
Someone put a loaded rifle in a car/truck/SUV. Someone pointed the gun at someone. Unless it was a Remington 700, and maybe even then, someone pulled the trigger. To suggest anything else is factually incorrect. Worse, it turns a teachable moment that could save the lives of other gun owners into a senseless tragedy that poisons peoples’ minds against Americans natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
Everytown for Gun Safety should take up this crusade for ND truth-telling. The fact that they won’t shows you where their head’s at, and why we should hold the media accountable for sacrificing lives on the altar of anti-gun political correctness. Just sayin’ . . .