Freudian Slip: Newspaper Automatically Blames “Shooter” For OSU Deaths

posted on October 28, 2015

On Saturday, a Stillwater, Okla., woman drove her car into a crowd gathered to watch the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing 4 and injuring 47. The investigation is ongoing, and alcohol, drugs and untreated mental illness are being examined as possible contributing factors. 

But in their Sunday edition, the staff of Michigan’s Traverse City Record-Eagle inadvertently revealed their personal biases when they ran an article on the tragedy accompanied by the headline, “Shooter Kills 4, 30 Injured.” 

A retraction cites a “page designer’s error,” but how ingrained must the designer’s anti-Second Amendment attitudes be to see that lives were lost and immediately jump to blaming firearms? How can the editors hate guns so much (or be so lazy) that they don’t notice a headline holding firearms culpable in an incident where not a single shot was fired?

The people of Stillwater, some of whom are still fighting for their lives, deserve better than this.

Latest

Gun Ad Censorship illustration
Gun Ad Censorship illustration

A Group of Senators Want Government Agencies to Enact Gun Control

Anti-Second Amendment legislators want government agencies to ban gun advertising, to use the financial services sector to restrict gun sales and more. These attacks must be stopped.

First Gear: Prep for the Holidays

Prep for the holidays with these must-haves for gun owners.

The Armed Citizen® December 2, 2022

True stories of the right to keep and bear arms.

A Signal About What the Next Congress Might Do

One noteworthy anti-gun senator doesn’t think President Biden has the votes to bring his anti-gun agenda to fruition.

Shooting Straight with Aurelia Skipwith Giacometto

Aurelia Skipwith Giacometto has a lot to say about the intersection of our Second Amendment rights and wildlife conservation.

New Fronts in the War on Gun Owners

What our adversaries lack in logic, integrity and public support, they make up for in determination, underhandedness and cunning. This is why me must stand together and use the truth to keep our freedom.



Get the best of America's 1st Freedom delivered to your inbox.