The NRA’s Natalie Foster has some well-intended advice for members of the media when it comes to firearms, crime, prohibition and the good ol’ 2A. It’s all very well reasoned and clearly articulated. And the People of the Gun who hit play will, en masse, nod their heads in dutiful agreement. There’s only one problem: Ms. Foster’s earnest efforts to correct the “inaccurate perceptions” spouted by the fourth estaters with whom she ate bar-b-que in D.C. are based on the assumption that they’re really interested in accurately portraying the truth about guns, the people who own them or their impact on crime and society. If only . . .
Rather, they see any inaccuracies, misconceptions and outright falsehoods they routinely spew – especially where firearms are concerned – as features, not a bugs. It all comports so nicely with their world view, why let objectivity or statistics get in their way? Their “facts” may be fake, but they’re accurate. And they’re repeatedly regurgitated – remember 90% want universal background checks? – in service to the larger, more important agenda of ridding the country of the scourge that is civilian gun ownership.
No, the old days of dispassionately reporting who, what, when, where and why – if they ever really existed at all – are long gone. So while getting the facts out there is always welcome, expecting the kind of people Ms. Foster ran into to change what they’re reporting and how they’re skewing it is like the frog expecting the scorpion to let him get all the way across the stream. It’s just not in their nature.