Speaking of the media narrative on guns, I have (note the past tense) been impressed with Lois Beckett’s reporting on the give and take when it comes to the right of self-defense in America. She took the time to approach gun owners with an open mind, and turned in some terrific, balanced reporting on the issue.
This tweet, though, shows that despite her willingness to approach and engage with NRA members, she still doesn’t get it.
It looks like the students who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting this February, and the parents of their classmates who were killed, will be living in a state with an NRA-endorsed governor and two NRA-endorsed senators. A lot of grief and anger in Parkland tonight.
— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) November 7, 2018
What does the fact that NRA-supported candidates won in Florida have anything to do with the Parkland shooter? Was the murderer an NRA member? NO! So why involve the NRA with this? As I said in my response to her,
Lois, you’re better than this. That’s like saying “It looks like Texas, which had a harrowing incident with a school bus recently, will be electing a Governor endorsed by AAA.” All that excellent reporting you did and the trust you built with gun owners, gone in a single tweet.
— Kevin Creighton (@ExurbanKevin) November 7, 2018
The NRA is NOT the “gun lobby.” The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) represents gunmakers on Capitol Hill, not the NRA. However, the NRA is feared and reviled by progressives because it registers people to vote, and those voters tend to vote Republican. If the issue was truly about “gun safety,” progressives would welcome and embrace the world’s largest firearms safety training organization and support efforts like Eddie Eddie and Project Childsafe.
Instead, the reverse is true: Bloomberg’s minions were outraged when the Department of Justice teamed up with the NSSF to promote firearms safety, and oppose the world’s largest gun training organization teaching firearms safety.
No, I don’t get that either.
It’s not about safety, it’s about making sure you know your place and making sure your vote doesn’t count.
Make sure it does.