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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

These Are The People Agitating For Gun Control...

Wally sends in this lovely snippet from the Chicago Tribune:


Yeah, they really published that. Here's the retraction.

They get a little miffed in the retraction:
Here’s what isn’t fair, though: Some readers seized this opportunity to accuse us of using this graphic to promote what they termed a specific liberal agenda on the topic of gun control. They saw our labeling mistake as a deliberate misrepresentation, one that made these weapons seem more dangerous. Let me say emphatically that this was a careless mistake, not an intentional deception nor bias. It is regrettable because we got a basic fact wrong, period.

No, you know what the issue is? The issue is that you're agitating for gun control and you haven't the foggiest idea what you're talking about. If you had even the most cursory of knowledge about firearms - or slings for that matter - or took a few moments to get in touch with folks who did, this never would have happened. But no, you think you're smarter than us - if those inbred hillbilly gunhumpers can figure these out, by golly us ivory tower eggheads can't possibly get it wrong!

But get it wrong you did. You identified a sling swivel as a bayonet lug/grenade launcher attachment - in and of itself an amusing slip - in your attempt to educate the non-gunhumpers what made those "assault weapons" so gorram deadly. ZOMG! Large capacity bullet clips! Folding stocks that allow the gun to fit in a shirt pocket! Bayonet lugs that allow you to add on a heatseeking missile!

In actuality, the stock means that different shooters of different sizes can share the same rifle without having to take 20 minutes to disassemble the rifle. The magazine is the same size as that which is issued to our police and military forces - 30 rounds is standard capacity; the magazines you wish us to have are low capacity. Words matter. And the bayonet lug? Really? Are drive-by bayonetings that big of an issue? Grenade launchers? Do you have any idea how heavily regulated explosives are?

Your ignorance of firearms is exceeded only by your arrogance towards those of us that own them...

That is all.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Re: the retraction/explaination,to say that the newspaper didn't intentionally mislead the public,just made a "careless mistake",doesn't really make me feel better.
Bill

Jester said...

I should send them my face book post regarding this.

It is always interesting to see someone or an organization calling for this or that to be banned yet they flip flaming kittens when it is something they adore being outlawed.

Old NFO said...

Concur with Bill, 'careless' mistake OR??? Of course we know their agenda...

Ferret said...

Like most of the media in the great gun panic of 2013, they're just going by canned lists of what's bad. Bayonet lugs are bad according to Diane Feinstein because they allow the sharp pointy thing to go where the bullets come out. Therefore that tab sticking out must be where it mounts. No further research is needed.

However, if there were a rumor circulating involving Chrysler sending out vehicles with carcinogenic headlight fluid or muffler bearings that explode above 88 miles per hour, proper research and vetting of sources would be mandatory.

Chasing Freedom said...

Jay, I'm certain that someone spent hours pouring over the internet trying to find a correctly labeled rifle and just *couldn't*, no such images exist in today's world. So they did the best they could - why are you so mean to them?
/sarcasm

B said...

Yes, a Chicago newspaper would NEVER, EVER, use ignorant misleading bullshit to promote a specific liberal agenda on any topic. In actuality, I'm pretty sure that's the Chicago Tribune Mission Statement.

They're only pissed they got called on it.

Oh, and whining about "fair" when you're trying to eliminate someone's Constitutional right? Seriously?

Just because loud noises and 500 year old technology frightens you, it doesn't mean everyone else needs to cower in the corner with you.

Ed said...

And then there is the patron saint of the truly hoplophobic ignorant - Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, who thought that a barrel shroud was "the shoulder thing that goes up." She did not know what proposed legislation actually would prohibit, but did not let that stop her:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ospNRk2uM3U

Daniel in Brookline said...

It is regrettable because we got a basic fact wrong, period.

No, it's not. It is not regrettable because, in the paper's basic ignorance of the subject at hand, they made a laughingstock of themselves. They may regret that, but I don't.

Jason in MN said...

Everybody knows that's not a grenade lug. It's clearly a potato cannon mount. Every civilian assault weapon has one.

mikee said...

Any news article that uses the phrase "assault weapon" without acknowledging, linking to, or quoting in full the source of that term as a means to mislead the public, is also misleading the public.