I have never ever been embarrassed to be a pro-Second Amendment advocate. To me it’s far from something that should cause a person shame. After all, guns are a necessary tool and pastime for a lot of people. It seems naive for folks without an understanding of a way of life to say “these are antiquated and unnecessary!” I mean, personally I think baseball is antiquated and unnecessary but I’m not going around trying to make it illegal, trying to make everyone turn in their bats and bases and sixty-feet-six-inches measuring tape.
But now, since “Sandy Hook” or “The Newton Massacre” I’m seriously wondering about some of the folks who are sharing the pro-gun bandbox with me.
Let me be very clear right now. If you think that that murder of innocent people going about their day in an elementary school was either staged–with no one actually dying–or orchestrated by President Obama/the CIA/Homeland Security/the NSA/the Democratic Party you have optioned yourself out of any responsible conversation about the issues of media responsibility and government-ordered disarmament*.
The media did really screw up with Sandy Hook coverage in the first 24 hours. They all admit this–print and television news coverage both online and in traditional outlets. They got names wrong, occupations wrong. In fact nearly every fact of the shooting was initially misrepresented.
Yes, this is cause for outrage and says an awful lot about how news works now and should be a good lesson in why it’s not the worst thing in the world to avoid immediate news coverage. I have done for years and I’m actually happier for it and much more well-informed.
These errors do NOT mean that everything was made up, or that there was confusion before the official press release on Oval Office Stationery hit the news desk. The fact that there are people who want to believe this is understandable. I’d rather believe that people didn’t actually die. I know that some people have spent 8 years with entertainers bombastically declaring to them that President Obama is evil. They’ve invested so much of their lives in that lie that the idea of him masterminding this horror seems perfectly in line with their assumptions thus far.
But it’s not the belief of a well-ordered mind. It’s magical thinking. And it’s ridiculous.
*I no longer say “gun control”. That’s a spin term that makes it sound nice and neat. Disarmement is the legal term for what is happening–registering private weapons in databases and seizing those weapons is disarmement.