Thursday, September 19, 2013

Networks Lie about AR15

Noel Sheppard | September 18, 2013, 11:53 ET
On Tuesday, NewsBusters called on CNN's Piers Morgan to retract his errant claim from the previous evening that Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis brought an AR-15 with him to the massacre.
Much to our dismay, Morgan still has not done so.

Tom Blumer | September 18, 2013, 10:19 ET
At the New York Times on Tuesday, Michael S. Schmidt claimed that "The suspect in the killing of 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday test-fired an AR-15 assault rifle at a Virginia gun store last week but was stopped from buying one because state law there prohibits the sale of such weapons to out-of-state buyers, according to two senior law enforcement officials."

The portion of that statement about being "stopped from buying" an AR-15 isn't true,
writes Emily Miller at the Washington Times, not only because "state law" wouldn't have prevented such an attempt, but also because Aaron Alexis didn't even try to buy one. Miller asserts that the New York Times "should issue a correction immediately." She also decries the establishment media's "obsession" with tying the AR-15 to the Navy Yard shooting (bolds are mine throughout this post):

MSNBC's Hayes Highlights Viewer's Call for Making NRA 'Illegal' and Banning Guns

Near the end of  the Tuesday, September 17, All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes took a moment to read and display two viewer responses to his question of what they would like to see in "actual comprehensive gun safety legislation," and included one over the top viewer who not only wanted nearly all guns banned, but desired that the National Rifle Association be "dissolved and made illegal." Hayes began:

Earlier in the show, we asked you, "If politics were no obstacle, what would actual comprehensive gun safety legislation look like?"
He continued:

We got a ton of answers posted to our Facebook page, including Patricia Parris, who says: "If politics were not an object, I would want semi-auto and auto guns banned completely forever; also, the NRA would be dissolved and made illegal. Ammunition would cost $10,000 per bullet."
Referring to comedian Chris Rock once calling for bullets to cost $5,000 each, Hayes added: "The old Chris Rock solution."
The MSNBC host then turned to a second viewer response:

And from Patrick Daly: "The sad thing is there is no easy answer. You have to change a culture that now thinks they need guns to protect themselves from their own government. Guns should be for sport or home defense, where you don't need huge clips or firing capacity."

--Brad Wilmouth is a news analyst at the Media Research Center. Click here to follow Brad Wilmouth on Twitter.

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Matt Hadro | September 18, 2013, 12:49 ET
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King asked former Obama chief of staff William Daley on Wednesday if the gun industry is putting profits ahead of people's lives.

"They're protecting an industry. They're protecting big profits. And that's what it's about," Daley slammed the gun industry. King then teed him up: "This is more important than human lives?" [Video below the break. Audio here.]

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