Sunday, October 23, 2016

New York Times gets Gun Stories Wrong

The New York Times produced another hit piece on guns, pushing for some sort of general increase in the current infringements on the Second Amendment.  At, Brian Doherty did a good job of taking apart much of the bias and ignorance displayed in the article. The article is worth reading, and I recommend it.  A fair amount can be summed up in these two paragraphs.  From the
The findings are dispiriting to anyone hoping for simple legislative fixes to gun violence. In more than half the 130 cases, at least one assailant was already barred by federal law from having a weapon, usually because of a felony conviction, but nonetheless acquired a gun. Including those who lacked the required state or local permits, 64 percent of the shootings involved at least one attacker who violated an existing gun law.

Of the remaining assailants, 40 percent had never had a serious run-in with the law and probably could have bought a gun even in states with the strictest firearm controls. Typically those were men who killed their families and then themselves.
I read the article at the New York Times.  I seldom visit it because of their highly selective rendition of questionable facts, and their obvious pushing of an anti-Second Amendment agenda. Why corrupt the data stream with data from an obviously corrupt source?  But this article was in my area of expertise. 

The article referenced three cases that I recognized, cases I have written about. The New York Times mis-characterized or left out important information in all three cases. Color me not surprised. 

The Conyers, Georgia case involved an attempted mass shooting that was interrupted by an armed citizen.  The NYT mentions the armed citizen, Todd Scott, but fails to mention that he was openly carrying his firearm.  It is noteworthy, because of their characterization of open carry in another of the three cases.

In the Colorado Springs case, the New York Times mis-characterizes the shooting rampage as someone openly carrying.  A man in the middle of a crime spree was carrying a rifle between two buildings, going in and out.  The NYT claims that police response was delayed 11 minutes because open carry is legal in Colorado.  That is simply false.  The police in Colorado Springs responded as if the call were a burglary in progress.  The New York Times accepted a debunked hypothetical that the police would have responded faster if open carry was illegal in Colorado.  It it highly unlikely.  Criminals who are committing crimes are not the same as citizens openly carrying.  In this case, the lawbreaker was acting suspiciously and carrying a rifle back and forth and in and out of two buildings while carrying gas cans. The actions warranted a burglary call. The police responded appropriately. The NYT focuses on creating the false impression of open carry in this case, but failed to mention that it was an open carrier who stopped the mass killing in the Conyers, Georgia case.

The last case is the shooting that occurred at Northern Arizona University.  It is a claimed case of self-defense.  The New York times left out important information, and emphasized other information to make it appear that the shooting was not justified.  The case is in the courts.  The prosecutors office is notoriously biased against armed self defense, as evidenced from the Harold Fish case.  It is likely the final result will be that a jury finds the shootings justified.  An important fact the NYT conveniently left out: all the attackers were found to have high levels of alcohol in their blood, several had THC (marijuana) traces.  The shooter had no traces of alcohol or drugs in his system.

For decades the NYT has been all in on pushing to neuter or destroy Second Amendment rights.  It is no surprise that their stories reflect this.  We are returning to the era where every media source was known to be partisan, and people accepted that, and took it into account.

Our problem is that most of the old media has come into being and has been granted special legal privileges on the basis that they would be objective and fair reporters of fact.  It has lead to the current crises, where a minority trust what the old media says, but the accumulated power may still be enough to determine who wins this presidential election.

Be skeptical of what you read and hear, and compare a number of sources.  You will come closer to the truth with that approach.

©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.
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Anonymous said...

Those couple of paragraphs demonstrate willful ignorance (otherwise known as intentional intellectual dishonesty). Within them is the plain, but disguised, admission that there are no legislative solutions because even absolute prohibition for "felons" nether stops a person from getting a gun nor doing something nefarious with that gun they get.

This is what they call "journalism" today, or sometimes even "critical thinking skills". Really it can not get any more ridiculous than that display.

The real deal is that Laws (code) has a function, a specific purpose. While a side effect can sometimes be deterrence, the primary focus is to punish someone for something they already did to someone else. It seems to go without saying that a crime requires a criminal and a victim, right? That means for there to have been a crime to punish, a victim must be present. Yet, we see all these laws claimed to be there to "prevent crime". Ahem.

The only thing these laws prevent is rights exercised by innocent people. They are admitting in that piece that even outright infringement to the tune of absolute prohibition is useless, is not effective, does not produce what they claim it "would". In that sense, they admit the abject failure of the very thing they continue to demand more of - when they know full well that it isn't and cannot be the "solution".

Enough of it. The "prevention" dogma has to be called out and demolished for the false premise that it is now and has always been. It is time for the abridgements and infringements to be eliminated from code - and I mean all of it from the most local tiny unit of government like a homeowners association or a School Board all the way up to the federal code itself. In addition, it is time for the 'gun debate' to end, because it really and truly ended two centuries ago with the same answer that their own admission today shows - The Second Amendment IS the solution, and it amazingly has been all along.

Anonymous said...

The picture appears to show a homerless gun. I do not like hammerless guns, I think they cause accidents. they went hammerless to avoid the safety bar. You need thumb control of the hammer.

Anonymous said...

as I have said before Shall Not Be Infringed is all inclusive, even the 1934 NFA is unconstitutional. Not very many people can John Wayne an M-60 and only the government would fear anyone that can. they teach you how and then say you cant have one. Not a good Idea to use a Thompson for deer hunting but they will bring down a deer or a grizzly or a heard of gun grabbers.

Anonymous said...

They don't " get it wrong " or misquote or lack information ... they flat out LIE !!

The media has been lying to us for decades and when caught they say ' oopppss '

The old guard gatekeepers are DEAD. What they call the - Alt -Right is simply the TRUTH GETTING OUT !!

C. S. P. Schofield said...

The New York Times doesn't 'Get' stories wrong. It TELLS stories wrong, because it has an agenda, and not a subtle one.

Anonymous said...

Laws do not prevent crime they are used to punish crime Like was said above there has to be a victim for a crime to exist. laws define the victim. some people are afraid of the dark. to bad the sun does go down every day. some claim fear of guns to bad they are never going away. people that fear the dark should stay home with the lights on people that fear guns shave the ability to turn their heads and look the other way. their phobias are not my problem, I'm not going to pay their light bill and I am not going to stop carrying.