Think That There Is No Media Bias About Guns? Then Read This

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There is a common talking point from people on the political left (which is where anti-gunners almost exclusively reside politically) that there is no media bias except from Fox News. Yes, you’ll hear that even from people who aren’t old enough to have been one of Timothy Leary’s LSD experiment subjects (though the hallucination is the same).

Of course, if you aren’t already indoctrinated into that kind of anti-gun claptrap and nonsense, then it’s pretty easy to spot the bias, but just in case you haven’t been noticing it, Charles W. Cooke will tell you a common way that this bias shows up. Cooke writes,

This, from ABC, is a nice example of a news organization deliberately bending the truth in order to advance a narrative that it wishes were true but is not:

Venerable gun manufacturer Colt says it will stop producing the AR-15, among other rifles, for the consumer market in the wake of many recent mass shootings in which suspects used the weapon.

Wow. Sounds dramatic. ABC continues:

“At the end of the day, we believe it is good sense to follow consumer demand and to adjust as market dynamics change,” Dennis Veilleux, president and CEO of Colt, said in a statement. “Colt has been a stout supporter of the Second Amendment for over 180 years, remains so, and will continue to provide its customers with the finest quality firearms in the world.”

So the story is that, although it still respects the Second Amendment, Colt is going to stop producing AR-15s after a series of mass shootings in which they were used. Right?

Wrong. That’s actually not the story at all, as ABC notes further down:

The company did not mention mass shootings in its statement about stopping production and instead blamed the indefinite pause in making the weapon on a “significant excess manufacturing capacity.”

Ah.

The phrasing in the above paragraph is remarkable. The reason that the company “did not mention mass shootings” is because mass shootings have nothing to do with its decision. And Colt didn’t “blame” its decision on anything, because its decision isn’t a problem for which “blame” needs to be assigned. As Colt has made clear, it believes that “there is adequate supply for modern sporting rifles for the foreseeable future,” and so it is temporarily shifting its production priorities in order to focus on the military side of its business. That’s it. That’s the whole story.

Compare ABC’s first two paragraphs with those from the Associated Press’s story and you will see the problem:

Gunmaker Colt says it is suspending its production of rifles for the civilian market including the popular AR-15.

Colt’s chief executive officer, Dennis Veilleux, says it is not permanently ending production but believes there is already an adequate supply of sporting rifles on the market. He said in a statement Thursday the company will concentrate on fulfilling military and law enforcement contracts with its rifle manufacturing.

[Telling the truth about what actually was said w]asn’t so hard, was it?

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is one of the common ways that our media lies to us to advance their own agenda, in this case, their anti-gun agenda.

And the mainstream media wonders why we don’t trust them anymore?

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  1. Talk about false news, anyone who knows the AR market knows Colt has a minuscule portion of it but DOES claim a large portion of the REAL military/law enforcement market. They hold this by divorcing aftermarket uppers, with their proprietary pin size.

    • The FAKE NEWS is part of the Feminization of America. Just think back to the 1950s to the 1070s. Men were men and acted like a man is supposed to act. Today the male of the species is more like a woman than men. Some of this can be due to the accepted use of marijuana.

      One early study that got significant attention was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1974. The lead author was Robert C. Kolodny of the Reproductive Biology Research Foundation in St. Louis. The study was based on
      Twenty heterosexual men 18 to 28 years of age who used marijuana at least four days a week for a minimum of six months without the use of other drugs during that interval were studied. Mean (± S.E.M.) plasma testosterone — 416 ± 34 ng per 100 ml — was significantly lower in this group than that in the control-group mean — 742 ± 29 ng per 100 ml — for age-matched men who had never used marijuana.
      That was an average decrease in testosterone level of 44 percent. That would be enough to drastically change the effect of testosterone relative to the effect of the natural level of estrogen in individuals.
      There are numerous studies with seemingly contrary results, but as noted above the truth may be complex. The short-term effect may be different from the long-term effect.
      It is also clear that some of the studies may be due to staunch advocates of marijuana use wanting to deny that there could be adverse effects of marijuana use. One has to make a judgment as to what is valid science and what is the propaganda by marijuanistas.
      My judgment is that there is a definitely a significant diminution of testosterone levels due to long-term use. Then the question is: What are the consequences of that diminution of testosterone and the relative level of estrogen compared to testosterone.
      Possible Consequences
      • Lower sperm count and diminished fertility
      • The development of breasts in males (technically known as Gynecomastia but popularly referred to as Manboobs)
      • Men wearing their hair long like women and looking like scraggly, scruffy women when they look so much better with male hairstyles
      • Men wearing bright-colored clothing more typically worn by women
      While there is scientific evidence to support this there are other contributing factors as well.

      For the decades beginning in 1980 to the present out children have been educated in liberal schools by liberal female teachers with lying liberal school books to back up the lies being pushed into unsuspecting young minds. Many of these children being raised in single-parent homes where the only adult was their mother. Many of these mothers didn’t have even a high school education. Add to this the low pay these mothers were paid that they had to work 2 or even 3 jobs just to pay the rent, food, and utilities. The democrats want to keep the people down so they can lie and deceive them into voting for these liberal democrats and to support their liberalist agenda. Woman for the most part don’t like guns. Many even fear them. From this, we see how the lying Democrat Liberalist/Socialist/Communist is able to convince these weak-minded feminized people that taking away guns from LAW ABIDING CITIZENS WILL SOMEHOW STOP MASS SHOOTINGS AND HUGE MURDER RATES. The truthfully educated people. People with common sense know that just the opposite is true. Study after study shows that communities that allow responsibly armed citizens to carry concealed handguns and allow them to possess AR-15’s, AK-47’s or any other firearm used by the police to defend themselves, their loved ones and even these other shriveling cowards from those criminals that carry stolen guns. Well, their crime rates are almost nonexistent. Compared to places like Chicago where LAW ABIDING CITIZENS are not allowed to carry or even own a handgun and heaven forbid owning an AR-15 / AK-47. Look at their high crime rate. Go to http://www.gunfacts.info/gun-control-myths/concealed-carry/ to get the TRUTH!

      • I ‘ll agree with the 2nd part of your statement. I’m not so sure about the 1st part. I’ve smoked weed on & off for 45+yrs. I have 4 grown kids, wife. I built my AR-15 (an accurate & dependable weapon 5.56NATO).l’ve had a CCP for 15yrs. Anyway my testosterone level is good. When I was a kid I learned gun safety and marksmen skills at the local military base on the NRA Sponsored rifle team. I earned my Expert Marksmen level. To all anti-2nd Amendment asshats just leave me and my guns alone. Thank-You. JW

  2. I hope everybody ready to vote that is the answer to stop this we most vote the Dems out to save our country from the left our they will find a way to take your guns that’s what they want because they no we are the biggest standing army in the world that way wev are free it was us ho stood up to the Brits when we became free an it’s us who most keep us free so vote everybody the Dems most be stopped they want you to be a slave to them we are free an going to stay that way vote is the answer vote the Dems out

  3. So, it’s journalism when you put words in the mouths of other people? Isn’t that called “Yellow Journalism” and lying?

  4. Trump has it right – fake news. What a manufacturer chooses to do is their business. That also applies to buyers. And the Second Amendment confirms the rights of citizens to purchase and carry firearms. To those who do not like that concept, TOUGH.

  5. The government has been working for the past 50 years on a plan to disarm the American Citizens. Once this happens we will become a police state, no way to defend ourselves against big government. We have become a more passive society during these years. If we can’t correct our corrupt system I honestly believe here will be a civil war as Jefferson’s Letters suggested.

  6. There should be a watchdog organization similar to the ABA to sanction lying journalists and the various medium up to and including loss of career. Unless they want to work for a rag covers alien abductees.

  7. Democrats aren’t the only ones wanting to take our guns! That is more “fake news”. There are Republicans out there who are just as eager as the Dems for the private citizen to be disarmed and rendered helpless in their totalitarian grasp. They just haven’t shown their faces as of yet, but, they will, soon after the election they’ll turn up with some sweet sounding rhetoric to entice us to give up our Second Amendment rights, and when that fails, they’ll start “getting tough” and introduce more “red flag” laws and other infringements on our 2A rights!

  8. We need a competent press core, which we do not have. What we have is a propaganda core, pumping out lies by the ton. Until we have a process to charge, convict, and punish the press for spreading propaganda, misinformation, and out right lies, we will never have a trustworthy press. Not only the so called reporters, but the media companies they work for should be fined not less than their total income for 10 days for each day a false story runs. So a false story which ran for 3 days would cost the company and the reporter 30 days total income. Only once these companies, knowingly spreading lies, income is removed will they stop prospering from their lies. If nothing else the bankrupting of these companies would remove them from publishing more lies in the future.

    Always check what you hear on any news media story before you believe a single word of it. The complete truth is almost never to be found in any modern news media story. The story above is a fine example of how news media lies. They also lie by deliberately misleading people with imagery during stories. For instance while lying about semi-automatic rifles, in a “so called news story” they will have background images / video clips of full automatic rifles being fired. This is done to confuse the unknowing public into thinking the imagery is what they are talking about. It is a deliberate deception, this too should be punished.

    Any Anti Bill of Rights, Anti-American, Red Flag Law Supporting, activities should be punished as treason. Which they are. Our elected officials, and even law enforcement, should be charged with treason, dereliction of duty, breaking their oath of office, perjury, and impeached for ever supporting any law which restricts, let alone removes, the rights of the American people. These laws are known to be unconstitutional when they are voted on, making them illegal to begin with. Be they Democrats, RINO’s, Leftists, Feminists, Socialists, Communists, etc. it does not matter, they should all be charged, tried , convicted, and publicly hung. American citizens’ civil rights are sacrosanct, and shall not be infringed, be it Anti-Gun laws, illegal search and seizure Red Flag Laws which also violate due process, or any other illegal law.

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