A recent fake news report from Reuters concerning a new anti-gun “study” shows why you must read carefully when dealing with the so-called “mainstream” media.
Under the headline, “Stricter gun laws tied to fewer fatal police shootings,” reporter Lisa Rapaport’s lead sentence said: “U.S. states with tighter restrictions on the purchase and use of guns and ammunitions may have fewer fatal police shootings than places with more permissive firearm policies, a recent study suggests.” (Emphasis added.)
Hedge words like “may” and “suggests” are commonly associated with fake news, and that’s the case here, too. In fact, “researchers” got about half of their “data” for the study from none other than those well-known liars at the staunchly anti-gun Brady Center. Heck, the Reuters author even admitted toward the end of the story: “The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove how or if specific gun laws might directly help prevent fatal police shootings.”
In truth, the study didn’t prove anything—except that Reuters doesn’t care if news is fake or not as long as it can be twisted to push for more restrictive gun laws.
Orlando Sentinel Op-Ed: 2A “A Uniquely American Tragedy”
In a whiny, nonsensical rant in the Orlando Sentinel, Maryland sociologist Fred Decker opined about what he perceives as “America’s fundamental gun problem.” Except his article had nothing to do with criminals, gang culture or lenient sentencing. Instead, he was talking about the Second Amendment.
When Decker blames “the NRA’s construing of the Second Amendment as an unconditional ‘right’ to own and carry guns” as to why it thrives and has clout, we wonder how there could be any other interpretation of “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
From his calling firearms a powerful device to “accessorize the ego” to his claim that the Second Amendment is “convenient clothing to cover deeper unspoken needs,” one has to speculate as to whether Decker has ever even met a single gun owner.
Regardless, his agenda is clear. And while he currently faults the NRA, he blames the Founding Fathers for even penning the amendment. Gun violence is our punishment for the “rights-based hubris” of the Second Amendment and is a “song of a uniquely American tragedy,” he concludes.
Is Terrorism Spurring The Latest Gun Buying Surge?
We told you earlier this week how the so-called “Trump Slump” in gun sales has become the “Trump Jump,” with May setting a new record for the number of FBI background checks conducted.
While the trend will likely be ignored by gun haters, some in the media are speculating whether increased terror attacks are leading to the jump. And some gun dealers are answering that question with a resounding “Yes.”
“We are continuing to see brisk sales of self-defense and concealed-carry firearms. We're also continuing to see new gun buyers," Justin Anderson, marketing director for Charlotte, N.C.-based Hyatt Guns, told the Washington Examiner.
"People are nervous about their safety, and rightly so,” Anderson continued. “It's a dangerous world we live in, and American citizens know that we're not immune to terrorist attacks. They're taking the necessary steps to defend themselves. Frankly, the most recent terrorist attack in London underscores the importance of an armed populace. Remember that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”
California Gun Range Needs Your Help!
Finding a shooting range in California is already a lot harder than in most other areas of the country. And the problem may soon get a lot worse, as the Cordova Recreation and Parks District (CRPD) administrators, who manage the land the 73-acre Cordova Shooting Center occupies, have recommended closure of the range.
With the growth of housing and shopping developments near the range, “We do need to consider the biggest bang for our buck …” District Administrator Patrick Larkin told KCRA. That’s an odd choice of words, however, since with 30,000 customers visiting the Rancho Cordova, Calif., range annually—leading to $183,000 in revenue generated for the CRPD—there seems to be more “bang” and more “bucks” in keeping the range open.
Use Your Power!
Fewer places to shoot mean fewer new shooters—leading to a weaker shooting culture and fewer pro-gun advocates in a state in dire need of both. California residents are strongly encouraged to attend a hearing scheduled for Monday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Cordova City Hall American Room. Also, contact the CRPD directors now and urge them to keep CSC open. Learn more byclicking here.
Alabama Man Shoots Armed Robber, Saves Two Lives
A Selma, Ala., couple arrived home last Wednesday, pulled into the driveway, then saw a man appear at the driver’s side door—carrying a gun. The armed robber simply said, “Give it up.”
Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier relayed the fate of the robber to WSFA-TV: “As he approached the driver, he attempted to rob him and shot him, and after that, he went around to the passenger side and got the purse from the female. The male victim was able to produce his firearm, load it, and engage in gunfire to protect his life and the female’s life and killed the subject.
The suspect, 20-year-old Tyner Rose, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the male victim was treated and released from the hospital. District Attorney Michael Jackson doesn’t expect any charges to be filed in the shooting, telling reporters, “We’re going to stand behind victims who protect themselves.”