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How the Anti-Gun Media Skews Public Opinion

Fake News Media BiasedU.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- There was a mass murder at a Pittsburgh Synagogue. If you read the posts on social media after that attack then you would think that guns are pure evil. Those writers seem not to know that guns save lives every day. Unfortunately, they are not alone.Public MisperceptionI’ll go further and say the average voter is only vaguely aware that ordinary citizens use their firearms to save lives every single day. Most people don’t know that firearms are life-saving tools because the US news media hides that story from us. This media distortion has serious consequences. What voters don’t know can move elections. Ignorance can cost lives.Media DistortionI don’t think the media’s treatment of self-defense and mass murder is merely a subtle editorial choice as assignment editors select articles based on excitement and novelty. It’s definitely newsworthy when a gun owner stops a sexual assault. It is important to the public debate that we know a legally armed citizen successfully defended police officers who were under attack. It is compelling news when a dad stops mass murder in a fast food restaurant, not just once, but here, and here again at a park. We could go on with millions of examples.I’d have a lot less to write about if the media would set aside its agenda and tell the whole truth. Unfortunately, many of us only know what we read in the papers.Crime PreventionIf you search deeply enough, you’ll find that victims who defend themselves with a firearm usually save their life. In addition, they make crime more difficult and less rewarding. An armed defender makes me safer even if I don’t carry a gun. Armed defense also reduces the incidence of rape after a sexual assault. Doesn’t that seem newsworthy to you?Saving a FamilyPeople who use a firearm for defense might protect themselves, but the might also protect their family. That saves lives for generations to come. I celebrate their defense as I would mourn their loss if they were injured.Stop Mass MurderSometimes, people who defend themselves save many lives as they stop what could be a mass murder. These events are more frequent than we would know by looking at the television, the newspaper, or from most online media. When a mass murderer is successful it is on the front page for days. The self-defense story that stopped mass murder might never make it to the last page of Section B. That editorial decision means we never hear about the mass murder that didn’t happen.Effective Self-DefenseThe debate over guns in the US is skewed by media distortion and by public ignorance. The public thinks TV crime dramas are real. They don’t know the real-life drama where law-abiding citizens defend themselves with a firearm millions of times a year. The public never learns that firearms are effective tools in civilian hands. Citizens use guns more often than they use fire extinguishers.Firearms SafetyThe average citizen doesn’t know that US citizens with their concealed carry licenses are among the most law-abiding and non-violent group of people on the planet. That means that guns in the hands of honest citizens are extraordinarily safe. Even with that safety record, we continue with firearms safety education. The Eddie Eagle gun safe program reached its 31 millionth child this year. Unfortunately, there were 64 fatal firearms accidents with children under 13 years of age, so there is more work to do. The number of firearms accidents continues to fall over time.Informed DebateIf you didn’t know that guns save lives then it makes perfect sense to restrict gun ownership. Firearms and firearm ownership only looks like a virtue after you learn that people save their lives by using their gun as a defensive tool.The gun debate generates a lot of heated opinions. I wish the argument was over different interpretations of the benefits and costs of guns in society. We can’t have that debate until we have a common set of facts. That means we have to get unfiltered news.I say guns save lives. Now do your own research and find out what the news media won’t tell you.About Rob MorseThe original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.The post How the Anti-Gun Media Skews Public Opinion appeared first on AmmoLand.com.


Same Old Problems with the New Socialists

Liberal FascismU.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- The classical Democrat from the early 20th century supported individual independence. That changed in a number of important steps. Today we hear Progressive-Socialist-Communist Democrats steal the rhetoric of the 1920s as they promote the communism of 1917. That is a contradiction, and you can’t have it both ways. Citizens were better off with the old Democrats who were classical liberals.Classical Liberalism- I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.Progressivism- I disapprove of what you say, and I will publicly shame you, lobby to have you censored and demand you be fired from your job!We’ve always had the problem of big-government colluding with big-industry. In the 1870s, the railroad shouldn’t be able to control the farmer. In the 1910s, the county road commissioner shouldn’t be able to extort bribes from the rural manufacturer who needed a road to his small factory. In the 1920s, the mine owner shouldn’t own the mine-town and its labor force. The common theme is that we want a number of employers who compete for local labor and who also compete against each other. That made sense back in the 1700s and it makes sense today. Back in the 1700s, Americans didn’t much care for government-granted monopolies, and we don’t much care for them today either.In some ways, we have the same problems, except the Democrats, now rebranded as Progressive-Socialists-Communist Democrats, switched to the other side. Today, Google and your ISP shouldn’t own every online-click you ever made. The single mom should be able to arm herself and protect her family rather than have to beg her local bureaucrats for police protection from the drug gangs working her street.From our perspective today, we can see the transition of the Democrats as they switched into the new labor coalition. The movement that was once filled with trade unions of the 1920s is now filled with the public employee unions of the 1970s. Today, the Socialists control state employees, who are then expected to politically support the state Socialist party. Sadly, any other activity of state government is incidental to the big-state Socialist politicians. That explains why schools and roads are so bad despite the high taxes in Progressive-Socialist-Communist Democrat controlled cities and states.Look at Democrats politicians today. Rather than oppose the local mine owner, the democrats now want to control our local Internet Service Provider, the big tech firms, the public school employees, and the local bank. The Socialists want to choose winners and losers.The chief attribute of these firms isn’t the likely size of their entrepreneurial success, but the size of the political kickbacks and political control they guarantee. Money talks now as it did before. Big failures and big political donations are far more politically profitable than small commercial successes.Some things never change. We need a reformation away from big-state politics with their big-government “solutions”. That was true in the 1700’s and it’s true today. Big-government collusion with big-business oppressed the Americans of the 1700s and they do today as well.The more I learn, the more I want the politicians out of my life. Don’t you?About Rob MorseThe original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.The post Same Old Problems with the New Socialists appeared first on AmmoLand.com.


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