The Column, No. 21:
The Media Bias Against Guns
By Chris Oates
When you watch the evening news or read a newspaper, notice the loaded language they use to paint a negative view of those who own guns. Look for phrases like "assault weapon," "magnum powered handgun," "cop killer bullets," or "deadly hollow-points." They like to make it appear like those of us who enjoy a good afternoon of shooting aluminum cans or hunting deer, are all a bunch of terrorists ready to kill a crowd of people at the drop of a hat.
I'm not like that and no gun owner I know is like that. Fair and balanced journalism is getting harder to find. The Ed Murrow's are pushed out of the way in order to hype news and get better ratings or sell more subscriptions.
Not too long ago there was a man who went into an Amish school in Pennsylvania and murdered several children before killing himself. The media was on it like a pit bull to a pork chop. They went on and on about how the killer had a handgun, shotgun and 600 rounds of ammunition.
They pleaded for more gun control. They didn't mention the fact that the killer would have passed any background check because he had no previous felony convictions and no history of mental illness. They didn't mention that even though the school was a "gun-free zone," it didn't stop an evil man from carrying out his plan.
Here's what we need to do. We need to watch the news in our areas. When an incorrect statement is made we need to call the station and demand a correction. If they refuse, watch another channel. We must NEVER give in to apathy and say, "Oh well, there's nothing I can do." We must fight for our rights and TV is a great tool with which to do it.
Copyright 2006 by Chris Oates. All rights reserved.