In an all-too-rare move by media nowadays, the Dallas Morning Newspublished an article in which editor Mike Wilson admitted that the paper misled the public by uncritically repeating a false statistic about guns in America.
Wilson says that he was alerted by a reader that a figure featured in a Washington Post article and subsequently repeated by the Dallas Morning News could not possibly be correct—namely, that “4.2 percent of children aged 0 to 17 in the United States have witnessed a shooting in the past year.”
A fact-checking inquiry revealed that the original study actually asked whether children had been “in any place in real life where (they) could see or hear people being shot, bombs going off, or street riots?”—yielding an answer of 4 percent. It was a report by a combined research team from the University of Texas and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that changed the wording—and raised the number to 4.2 percent!
That’s right: The CDC is still publishing false statistics about guns to boost its agenda. Remind us again why we need to be funding such “research” with taxpayer money?
Anyway, kudos to the Dallas Morning News for owning up to getting suckered.
Enough With The Fake Outrage Over The NRA Dana Loesch Video
Earlier this month, the NRA posted a Freedom’s Safest Place video from April on its Facebook page. The ad features NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch calling out the left for their aggressive rhetoric that has led to protests, hate speech and violence. “The only way we stop this,” she says, “is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.”
Condemning violence and fighting lies with truth—sounds like a pretty commonsense message, doesn’t it? Not to the violent left, who instantly attacked Loesch with such vitriol that it only proved her point further. Many incorrectly cited her “clenched fist” line as proof that she was inciting violence herself—although as Loesch herself noted on Twitter, a clenched fist is the symbol of the left’s Resist movement.
Social media shamers called her everything from racist and repulsive to mentally ill and a terrorist. Organizers from the Women’s March wrote a letter calling for removal of the “dangerous propaganda” videos. A petition began circulating to remove the video. Journalist Jeff Sharlet even said the video—which calls for nothing more than a truth campaign—is “a whisper shy of a call for a full civil war.”
Perhaps her ad hit the left a little too close to home? Loesch posted a video response on her social accounts, and she also joined NRATV’s Grant Stinchfield to discuss their fake outrage and her thoughts on the video.
Despite High Court’s Decision To Not Hear Peruta, Justice Thomas Says 2A Protects Carry
Even though the U.S. Supreme Court recently chose to not hear the important Peruta v. California case, Judge Clarence Thomas’s written dissent to the decision showed his support for carrying firearms outside the home for self-defense.
In the Peruta decisions, the 9th Circuit Court ruled that “the Second Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.” Thomas obviously disagrees.
“[SCOTUS] has already suggested that the Second Amendment protects the right to carry firearms in public in some fashion,” Thomas wrote in dissent of the decision to not hear the case. “As we explained in Heller, to ‘bear arms’ means to ‘wear, bear, or carry upon the person or in the clothing or in a pocket, for the purpose of being armed and ready for offensive or defensive action in a case of conflict with another person.’ …The most natural reading of this definition encompasses public carry.”
Thomas added: “I find it extremely improbable that the framers understood the Second Amendment to protect little more than carrying a gun from the bedroom to the kitchen.”
The Thursday headline at thenation.com read, “Gun Sales Are Plummeting and Trump Wants to Help.” Within the feature story, author George Zornick wrote: “The gun industry has been experiencing a dramatic decline in sales—which have declined 10 percent in the six months since Trump was elected compared with the same period last year …”
While gun sales are down slightly from last year—when the most guns were sold since records were kept—Zornick completely ignores the fact that the very latest data show that May 2017 was a record month for FBI background checks. The 1.94 million background checks in May were the most ever for that month, showing an upward tick that the media just can’t seem to report.
Georgia Teen Shoots Gunman Who Was Attempting Home Invasion
Malik Hyatt and his sister were sitting in their apartment last Monday morning when suddenly there was a commotion at the front door. The 19-year-old looked through the peephole and saw a strange masked gunman, who was trying to kick in the door.
Malik calmly told Taffany, his 22-year-old sister, to hide in her room. He then grabbed a firearm and went back to the door. As the pounding relentlessly continued, Malik fired through the door twice, striking the would-be intruder, later identified as Eric Ransom, 22. Investigators found Ransom dead on the front stoop with a T-shirt covering his face and a handgun laying at his side.
Police quickly labeled the shooting “justifiable homicide,” as the suspect was unmistakably attempting a forcible entry. DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson told WFTV-9, “In home invasions, you never know what the suspect’s motives are. Maybe it’s money. Maybe the victim had something they wanted.”