It’s like someone wrote a script and we’re all reading from it. A crazed gunman kills people and the left works into a frenzy. They first begin by scrutinizing the motives of the gunman. If the gunman was even vaguely, possibly kinda-sorta conservative, that becomes the predominant talking point. If he was liberal or a Muslim, they promptly ignore this fact and move on to the next talking point:
Guns. The left almost always stirs panic over firearms and the availability of firearms. They obscure this issue by talking about background checks or the oh-so-scary cosmetic accessories of scary-looking rifles.
And then, of course, the media begins their exposes. Dedicated liberal blogs like the New York Daily News rant and rave about “assault weapons” as more mainstream outlets send reporters to expose how shocking it is that law-abiding citizens who undergo legal background checks are able to *gasp* purchase firearms!
Voiceovers accompany B-roll footage as the narrator explains, “It only took ___ minutes for so-and-so to purchase an ‘assault rifle.’”
If we’re really lucky, we’re treated to explanations of what this “assault weapon” can do- it can fire 800 rounds a minute, it kills puppy dogs and texts during movies- all the things we hate!
If we’re really lucky, we will see a manipulated report where a major news reporter commits a felony to purchase an AR-15 and prove her point.
To highlight the absurdity of these exposes, the Washington Free Beacon crafted an expose of their own. They discovered that shockingly, people were able to purchase assault pencils- even mechanical pencils used by the military and capable of extremely efficient writing- without a background check!
That’s right, law-abiding citizens are able to go to a store in America and exchange their money for a legal product. I don’t know about you, but I am outraged!
The video sounds silly… and it is. But that’s pretty much the point.
The video details how the media operates. They note that they are focusing on the AR-15, despite the fact that the rifle was not involved in the Orlando shooting. “But we in the media don’t like to make that distinction,” the reporter notes.
The “report” shows an “undercover” reporter buying mechanical pencils and pencil lead (or ammo) at a CVS and spoofs perfectly the idiocy of these kinds of reports.
Then again, nobody needs a pencil these days and even if they do, we should probably only allow wooden pencils, not pencils that can write and write without having to stop and sharpen.
Further, when the Founders authored the First Amendment, they likely never imagined a world with mechanical pencils that could write tons of mean things.
The fact is that guns are no more to blame for shootings as pencils are for mean things written. They’re tools and the media needs a good dose of reality.
People are allowed to procure chainsaws, automobiles, firearms and other deadly, but legal, items and we should expect that they be used lawfully.
If they are not, we should be prepared to enforce the law and those who have armed themselves should feel free to do what is necessary to protect their life and the lives of others.
Let’s fight the real enemy. Forget crusading against legal gun ownership; let’s work to make smug media reporting a thing of the past!