With increased communications and technology, the power of a compelling narrative is more important than at any other time in history. In our need for immediacy, few possess a need to understand or a need to obtain truthful reporting. As a result, it’s become common for leftist sheep to grab hold of a narrative and remain immune from further understanding.
Remember the mass hysteria that ensued when it was discovered that the South Carolina shooter had a Confederate flag? A politically correct jihad ensued which was devoid of any nuanced discussion.
Remember when the government shutdown was “devastating” America? The actual catalyst for the shutdown was a measly 2.4% reduction to expected spending growth. That meant that instead of the government getting an extra dollar the following year, it would be 97.6 cents.
For that, the left panicked and Obama shuttered open-air monuments and the White House.
As is common after a shooting, the left has clung-onto the demonization of gun owners. Forget Islam, forget true evil, forget the radical decline of moral standards; to the left, the true purveyors of destruction are those who refuse to surrender their Second Amendment rights.
…Oh, and those dreaded “assault weapons,” the notorious man-killers that are the AR15s…
Yes, virtually every mainstream media outlet has latched-onto the “AR15s are killing people!” message. They claim that the Orlando terrorist shot and killed people with the weapon that liberals love to hate. Hillary Clinton and countless other Democrats are calling for bans on the weapon.
The only problem? It wasn’t an AR15.
Let me say that again: the weapon used was not an AR15.
Though the media took the scary-looking weapon and ran with it, more-detailed reports have emerged indicating that the terrorist used a Glock 17 and a Sig Sauer MCX rifle- a weapon that is not an AR15 but looks oh-so-scary to the mindless sheep on the left.
Unlike the AR15 that shoots 5.56 ammo, the MCX is a rifle capable of swapping-out calibers. It can shoot 5.56 NATO, 300 BLK, and 7.62×39 and uses a STANAG magazine that is commonly found on over 60 different firearms.
The MCX does not operate in the same way as the AR15. It is semi-automatic; however, so is my grandpa’s .22 and nobody could confuse that with an AR15 either.
The left has latched-onto a narrative that is demonstrably false and yet, they appear thoroughly unwilling to correct themselves.
It seems clear that the mainstream media and the liberal zealots shouting for increased gun control efforts are uninterested in the truth. When one willfully disregards the truth in favor of maintaining a fictitious (but politically advantageous) narrative, he has crossed into the realm of propagandist.
This information has come to light. Now, let us use this as a litmus test to determine who is committed to reporting information and who is committed to falsifying a narrative for their own political ends.