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Media Bias

by Oleg Volk

Many magazines, TV programs and other mass media are in the forefront of the effort to render Americans defenseless. Reality takes a back seat to a concerted effort to blame violence, wars, social inequality on inanimate objects. We can laugh at the witch-hunting of centuries past, yet modern mass media perception of gun as the devil is hardly different. Although the newscasters show little understanding of firearms, they get uninformed viewers, especially children, convinced.

Some of the people behind this propaganda campaign know what they are doing. They are not fond of free speech and wish to control it. Many more journalists don't even realize what bitter fruit their efforts would bear.

Free speech is truly possible so long as the right to it can be enforced. The First Amendment would not hold for long after the Second is gone. The precedents for that abound in recent history.

A common argument claims that "the authors of the Bill of Rights could not have predicted the power of modern weapons, therefore the Second Amendment cannot have been designed to protect ownership of them." By that analogy, free speech as protected by the First Amendment, would have to be limited to quill pens and unamplified voice. Obviously, the Internet, television and radio could not have been envisioned by the Founding Fathers. That way of thinking has been much favored by Communist dictators who either prohibited typewriters and radios or imposed a strict control over them.

Some organizations would strongly support some Constitutional rights and ignore the others. ACLU is one such group: they pick and choose which parts of the Bill of Rights they deem worthwhile. But the idea behind the Constitution was that the enumerated rights were mutually reinforcing. Losing some of the rights would cause the loss of all in a short order.

While the news anchor may praise heroism of American Marines showing courage under fire (somewhere far away), they do not bother to mention a different kind of heroism that occurs more often and benefits our society more. People confronted by muggers or threatened with rape or other abuse sometimes eliminate the threat with judicious use of force. Such use, more often than not, consists of a mere demonstration of willingness to resist. Human predators tend to go for passive prey.

Every spectacular mis-use of a weapon by criminals gets prime time coverage. Very seldom do newspaper or television cover the lifesaving uses of personal firearms. Moreover, newscasters engage in an overt effort to stereotype gun owners as intolerant, homophobic, racist Neanderthals.

The idea is to keep my non-white co-workers and my gay neighbors or anyone else who does not fit that very negative description from realizing that their rights are being trampled, too. When demonizing the NRA and other civil rights organizations, the talking heads try to cover up their incredible diversity and genuine grassroots character.

Do not allow anyone to divide us and rule. You don't have to have an interest in specific types of firearms or like specific groups of gun owners but you MUST support them. Fail to give aid to your allies in the fight for the preservation of our rights and those rights will be taken from us piecemeal.

Many entertainers and news writers exhort us to emulate other countries which have strict laws against self-defense. Yet we need only look to these other countries to see how false is the promise of security through gun control. For instance, England's recent prohibition on most firearms has had dismal consequences. As the law-abiding subjects complied with disarmament laws, violent criminals prey on them with no fear of resistance. The formerly unarmed police are toting submachine guns.

The confiscation of firearms in the UK has occured simultaneously with the suspension of many civil liberties. It is a technique used by Communists, National Socialists and military juntas world-wide. Presiding over defenseless subjects dispenses with the pretense that the citizens can hold politicians accountable. Such countries, in effect, are reviving the most unsavory aspects of feudalism.

Public schools also try to promote gun control. In many schools children are taught that a mere depiction of a firearm is evil and antisocial, that self-defense is wrong and that they should snitch on their gun-owning parents. The idea of brainwashing impressionable children is nothing new: it has been done before with the Hitlerjugend.

Most of the lies are transparent and pathetically illogical. However, unless countered by parents, they will add up subliminally through sheer repetition. If you have kids, please review their coursework. You may be in for an unpleasant surprise.

http://www.a-human-right.com/RKBA/mediabias.html

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The problem is that as gun owners, we have failed to educate the media. They still do not know the difference between an automatic assault weadon and a semi-automatic sporting gun. They still do not know what automatic fire is. Single shot, 4 rounds per minute, or the real capabilities of a bolt act when used for rapid fire. This is our failure not theirs.
 

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OK.

If you were in your back-yard teaching your son to box, and your non sports oriented neighbot were to see you and call the police with a complaint of domestic violence or child abuse, would that be your fault too?

Or could it just be a nosy neighbor jumping to conclusions over something that they know nothing about and which is none of their business?

Do you have an obligation to inform your neighbor every time you choose to engage in a parenting activity in your back-yard?

Don't be a victim, Joe.

When the media shows ignorance, rub it in. Make them look like the tools that they are.

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Media ignorance

It's true enough that most in the media do not know what an assult rifle is, or the difference between that and gandpa's deer rifle. But it's willful ignorance. No amount of effort at educating them is going to alter tomorrow's news report.

A few years ago we had a public hearing on proposed state laws regulating firearms. This meeting was in the auditorium at the local community college. In attendance were 30 anti gun people and 3000 pro gun people. The TV news report made out the crowd to be split fifty fifty. You can't tell me the TV reporter can't count heads. It's that when they do count heads, the multiply the liberals by ten and divide the consertvatives by ten. This isn't just hyperbole on my part, one of the so called million mom marchs on Washignton DC was counted in exactly this way.
 
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