|Firearms are the medias biggest bogeyman. And like all bogeymen, this fear is based on ignorance.|
As Puter covered beautifully in our absence, none of the arguments for stricter gun control make any sense whatsoever. But the media has been vomiting out their fear of guns repeatedly: even other gun mishap storieswhich might not normally make the newsare popping up as grim reminders that guns must always be bad.
The more the media talks about gun control, the more worried Americans fear their rights could erode even further...and with that, they race out and purchase that additional pistol, revolver, shotgun, or rifle they have been putting off or mulling over. The media, in our opinion, is responsible for the surge in gun sales. Nice work, ladies and gentlemen!
Ever wonder why the media is so stupid about firearms? Even regardless of your position on gunsplenty of conservatives support some form of gun controls and plenty of liberals enjoy responsible shooting sportsthe media is a complete charlie foxtrot on firearms.
For example, the rifle Holmes actually used in his shooting spree is a domestic hunting rifle that requires you to pull the trigger each time you want to take a shot. It must be aimed between each shot, which is why the body count was so lowthankfully, Holmes appears to have been unskilled in that regard. However, the media continue to report it as an AK-47 (wrong), an assault rifle (there is no such thing, any more than there is an assault toaster or assault washer/dryer combo), a military-style weapon (what does style mean?), or that he used some magical military-grade ammunition (nope yet again: the rifle uses standard ammunition). Nearly every reported fact in this regard has been wrong.
The reason is simple: the medias opinion of firearms is never backed up by the facts. Anytime a reporter decides to go in deepreal deepinto the world of firearms, one of two things happens:
- They realize there is no story there and give up.
- They become huge enthusiasts of shooting sports.
But once in a while, an intrepid cub reporter attempts to do real research on how out of control gun sales are! The Czar was livid when he saw USA Today write a story about that very topic. Either click on that link or sit tight, because here are their conclusions:
- Somehow James Holmes managed to purchase all of this weapons legally. Can you imagine?
- A check of websites shows how quickly he could have done this.
- His AR-15 and one of the .40 Glocks were purchased from Gander Mountain. According to Ganders website, the rifle costs $729, and the Glock costs $600.
- The Remmy 12-gauge ($319) and the other Glock ($600) were purchased from Bass Pro Shop, according to the prices on Bass website.
- The Colorado State Police website allows Holmes to carry a firearm in a vehicle.
- Atlantic Firearms.com sells the 100-round drum magazine he used for $279, although the website does not indicate whether it is legal to ship this to Colorado.
- Gander Mountains website estimates the total value of the ammunition Holmes had to be $2,870.
- You can get body armor similar to Holmes at bulletproofme.com for $560, with the rest of the gear totalling up to $970.
- And his apartment boobytraps could be made for $300 with supplies available from bigfireworks.com.
See? This is why the Czar thinks that a free sample hooker at a rundown desert bordello has a more honorable profession than a 21st Century journalist. The sheer intellectual laziness of the media is exactly why we get terrified story after story about the evils of firearms. And its source is this exact sort of ignorance.
Good news: despite all of Ghettoputers challenges on this site, and despite all the ridiculously easy fact-checking that rips the media narrative to shreds, none of this matters. Americans are voting with their wallets right now, and guns win. The gun control debate is over, folks. And the gun control side has lost; every argument has been debunked, and recycling the same nonsense over and over never makes the arguments fresher.
Let us move on, as the liberals say.