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Posted: 12/17/2005 2:27:59 PM EDT
My most recent post at The Smallest Minority

Being a knuckle-dragging, rednecked, pickup-driving, Bush-loving Neanderthal ignorant racist gun owner with one tooth and a two-digit IQ like I am, I was listening to NPR this afternoon while running some errands. Weekend America was on, and they ran a little blurb for an upcoming segment that piqued my interest. They're going to do a piece on gun control early next year, and they're looking for questions from their audience. The site is WeekendAmerica.org, and if you look over at the right-hand column, you'll find this link to click:

» Sound off: Early next year, we'll take on the hot-button topic of guns and gun control. No doubt, you probably have a few questions of your own. We'd like to hear from you.
Well! Not one to pass up such an invitation, when I got home I headed straight for my computer and (without knocking over my spit-cup on the keyboard!) one-finger-typed in the following:

My question, if I am limited to only one, is why do gun control proponents so often find it necessary to twist, obfuscate, exaggerate, and sometimes outright and apparently quite deliberately lie to support their agenda?

This is not to say that the gun-rights side is pure as the driven snow, but I've studied this topic in detail for the last ten years, and one side is more wrong, more often, more egregiously, and more blatantly than the other by a large margin.

Now, as an informed observer it's generally immediately apparent to me when either side lies, but I find it fascinating that whatever comes out of the gun-control groups is often accepted at face value by the media, (is often, in fact, misinterpreted and/or inflated) and is propagated as though it was unimpeachable, whereas whatever comes out of the gun-rights groups (when it's reported accurately at all) is nearly always prefaced with a warning that it comes from "the gun lobby," or some other disclaimer.

On further thought, let me rephrase my question: Why doesn't the media treat the press releases of gun-control organizations with at least as much skepticism as it does the press releases of the NRA and like organizations?

If you'd like more questions, I have plenty.

Thank you for your attention.

Do you have a question for Weekend America on the topic of guns and gun control? Please, feel free to drop them a line. They'd love to hear from you!

Hotlinks are available at the post.

Please, be my guest. And remember to copy your questions back to this thread. I'd love to post some of them.
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 2:40:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/17/2005 2:40:20 PM EDT by Tango7]
http://weekendamerica.publicradio.org/ (link left cold)

Short and to the point.

The concept of "gun control" is dependent on criminals (who routinely ignore, break, or otherwise disregard society's written, moral, and scriptural laws) obeying yet another law.

Why are the people who desire to "rid the streets of guns" seemingly ignorant of the basic concept that the only people who obey laws are the law-abiding, and any laws that disarm the population will, consequently, only effect the people that aren;t commiting the crimes?

Link Posted: 12/17/2005 2:41:32 PM EDT
Keep 'em coming.

Maybe they'll blow a fuse!
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 5:19:36 PM EDT
What? Nobody's got a question for NPR?

I find that hard to believe!
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