Is it any wonder Americans have lost all faith in the mainstream media? First you have a CNN anchor comparing terrorism to random lightning strikes. That piece ironically ended as the network cut to breaking news of a terrorist attack that left 20 dead and another 50 wounded.
Now, you have all the usual liberal outlets—CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post and more—citing stats from the “Mass Shooting Tracker” (MST). By MST’s own admission, “most of us support gun control.” And toward that end, they’ve elected to ignore the law enforcement definition of mass shooting and arbitrarily create their own.
The unsurprising result: They are overstating the number of mass shootings by a factor of 10, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation. Their findings show that of the 48 events cited by MST this January, only five of those concur with law enforcement’s definition of a mass shooting.
The most interesting stat of all? The places most likely to have mass shootings as determined by MST are those where Democrats control the state legislature.
Driver Who Ran Over Man In Road Rage Attack Stopped By Gun Owner
A man driving a pickup truck was run over by the driver of a commercial truck not once, but twice. However, the passenger in the pickup drew his gun and ended the assault.
Montana Police say it was a case of road rage when a man in a Ford F-150 apparently cut off a Billings cargo truck driver, who proceeded to chase the Ford. When the Ford finally parked, the driver and occupant got out of the pickup—then the driver of the cargo truck sped at both men. The pickup driver was hit, then run over again.
At this point, the passenger in the Ford grabbed his pistol and detained the commercial driver until officers showed up. Unbelievably, the driver of the pickup had minor injuries, while the van driver will likely face assault and attempted vehicular manslaughter charges. Authorities say the armed citizen’s actions are justified and he will not be charged.
Florida Range Teaches Safe Gun Handling To Young Children
As gun ownership has risen over the years, firearm accidents involving children have dropped dramatically. While the odds of a child dying in a gun accident today are roughly a million-to-one, these tragedies—such as one recent incident in Jacksonville, Fla., where an 8-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 5-year-old sister and injured a friend—do still occur.
Now, one nearby range has dedicated itself to using hands-on education to further reduce these odds. Jacksonville Clay Target Sports offers classes on how to safely shoot and handle firearms to around 50 children a day—and their average pupil is 5 years old.
Range safety officer Larry Freeman explained the importance of being open with children about guns. “You get rid of the mystique of the gun,” he told WLTV, “and then they’ll know what to tell their parents if they find one, they won’t be sneaking it off to see how it works and wind up killing somebody.” Freeman pointed to his students’ changing opinions about guns as a sign of the program’s success. “Kids are kids, and they’re going to be curious. They weren’t curious anymore.”
Sheriff’s Association Voices Opposition To N.M. Anti-Gun Bills
Now, the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association is speaking out against the proposal, calling the bills “part of a national gun control agenda funded by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg … [that] would criminalize virtually every private firearm transfer in the state.”
“These measures would make it harder for law-abiding New Mexicans to exercise their Second Amendment rights, waste scarce law enforcement resources, and do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” stated the letter, which was signed by 32 of the state’s 33 sheriffs.
The letter went on: “… this scheme would be unenforceable without creating a gun registry. We know this because a 2013 U.S. Department of Justice internal memo on gun violence prevention strategies stated that the success of expanded background check laws depends on requiring firearm registration.”
Mental Disconnect: Because Of Airport Shooting, Gun Shows Under Attack?
It’s hard to understand the minds of anti-gun activists.
A report yesterday in Florida’s Sun-Sentinel reveals how last month’s shooting in the baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is leading to renewed calls for banning gun shows in the city. “I think the incident at our airport brings closer to home how important it is to try to minimize the implements of violence that seem to permeate our society,” City Commissioner Dean Trantalis said in calling for a ban on gun shows at the city’s War Memorial Auditorium.
What Trantalis didn’t say was that the airport shooter didn’t buy his gun at a gun show, and he did undergo a background check in making the purchase. Unfortunately for newspaper readers, Sun-Sentinel reporter Larry Barszewski apparently didn’t find the disconnect curious enough to ask Trantalis what one thing had to do with the other.
Is it too much trouble to expect reporters these days to ask simple, obvious questions about such an important issue? Perhaps Barszewski will answer that question.