I just watched Caleb’s spot on Fox & Friends vs Dennis Hennigan.
[Update] Caleb’s After Action Report with embedded video of the spot. [/Update]
First, I want to say that this is not intended as a criticism of how Caleb handled himself. He was very articulate and poised and stayed on point. I believe he represented gun owners admirably.
Mr. Hennigan, however, did not stay on point and Caleb didn’t address his dissembling and misdirection. Of course, Caleb really didn’t have time to do so and get his point across as well because in typical “News” ADHD fashion, they only gave the subject a couple of minutes of time, rather than take the time to explore the issue in any kind of depth.
That’s one of the problems with the media in my mind. They’re a mile wide and a micron deep. They cover all kids of topics, but don’t even scratch the surface of the topics they cover. On can hardly consider themselves “informed” based on the superficial coverage that the typical news program provides on any given topic.
In any case, what happened was that Mr. Hennigan’s point was:
a. In “shall issue” states, permits are “often” given to people who shouldn’t get them and people with permits commit “many” crimes.
b. In light of the above, news organizations should have access to permit holder information so they can scour them to find out who has been granted permits that shouldn’t have and to identify when people with permits commit crimes.
Caleb, in staying on HIS point, didn’t address either of these fallacies.
Here’s how I would have responded:
“Mr. Hennigan, much like every other anti-gun activist in the world, has a little trouble staying on point. Considering that studies involving more than simple google searches have determined that Concealed Weapons Permit holders are statistically even more law abiding than the Police, I’d say Mr. Hennigan’s characterization of this as a major problem is a bit overblown. When you look beyond the anecdotes and raw numbers, the rate of permit holders who commit violent crimes is actually very tiny.
Be that as it may, Mr. Hennigan is mischaracterizing what this issue is about. It isn’t about access to the data or publishing information on permit holders who’ve committed crimes, it’s about publishing All permit holder information, including that of permit holders who’ve committed no crimes and are demonstrably the most law abiding of citizens.
The efforts to prevent the media from accessing this type of information is a DIRECT RESULT of the media using this information inappropriately. There was no issue with the press having free access to information of this nature until they themselves began publishing it for no good reason. It is their OWN IRRESPONSIBILITY that endangers access to the information that Mr. Hennigan contends is so important for public safety.”
At any rate, I think Caleb handled himself well and represented us admirably.