Media ignores stories where legal gun stops crime
Those who are familiar with the gun-control-supporting media (but I repeat myself) know the pattern all too well. When a mass-shooting takes place, it gets wall-to-wall coverage. When a mass shooting in-the-making is stopped by a law-abiding citizen with a gun, this is all we hear.
Of course, when a mass shooting is not stopped by someone on the scene, many more people are killed. This is more sensational, and thus bigger news. But there is also agenda involved, because an intrepid citizen using his or her weapon to thwart a crime ought to be news as well, and big news! It’s an exciting story. A hero story. But it never is, and gun-rights advocates know why. It doesn’t fit the agenda. It doesn’t fit the narrative that guns are always bad, and cannot be used by good people to defend others.
The latest example is from San Antonio. The story is going around via email now; it takes a somewhat sarcastic approach to make a point:
On Sunday December 17, 2012, two days after the CT shooting, a man went to a restaurant in San Antonio to kill his ex-girlfriend. After he shot her, most of the people in the restaurant fled next door to a theater. The gunman followed them and entered the theater so he could shoot more people. He started shooting and people in the theater started running and screaming. It’s like the Aurora, CO theater story, plus a restaurant!
Now aren’t you wondering why this isn’t a lead story in the national media along with the school shooting?
There was an off duty county deputy at the theater. SHE pulled out her gun and shot the man four times before he had a chance to kill anyone. So, since this story makes the point that the best thing to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun, the media is treating it like it never happened.
Only the local media covered it. The city is giving her a medal next week. Just thought you’d like to know.
This is one example among thousands. Every year, close to two million crimes are thwarted or mitigated by the lawful use of guns. Many of these make the local news, but they never go national. We can’t have the masses knowing that good people can defend themselves, now can we?
Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.