Maybe there’s hope for the legacy media after all

An absolutely outstanding op-ed in the typically virulently anti-gun Richmond Times-Dispatch demolishes the recent VPC propaganda tactic of using isolated incidents to vilify all Concealed Carry Permit holders:

More than 900 black males between the ages of 14 and 17 killed somebody in 2007. Should we be scared of young black guys?

Of course not. There are roughly 3 million black males in that age group in the United States. It would be horribly unfair to toss around the first statistic without mentioning the second; doing so would be misleading, if not malicious.

Now consider this statistic: Concealed handgun permit holders have killed 107 people since 2007. That news, from the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., sounds pretty bad — until you put it in context. How many Americans have been issued a permit to carry a concealed weapon?

Absolutely read the whole thing.

He’s not really saying anything that gun bloggers haven’t been hammering on for months, but to see the case so unambiguously laid out in an outlet like the RT-D is a breath of fresh air if not downright groundbreaking.

If this becomes a trend, Sugarmann, Hennigan, Helmke et al. may need to increase the dosage on their depression meds.

5 thoughts on “Maybe there’s hope for the legacy media after all

  1. It will actually force them to come up with better arguments. Which means that we'll need to up our game, too.

    Both of these will be Good Things. 😉

  2. I must take exception to the description of the Richmond Times-Dispatch as "typically virulently anti-gun." I am a subscriber and I have found it to be a rather conservatively leaning newspaper. (Otherwise, I would have canceled my subscription.)

    Sadly, the RTD is much thinner these days with fewer articles and less in depth local reporting. I fear that it will cease publication in the next few years.

  3. I'm not a regular reader so I'll take your word for it.

    I'm simply going by the articles and editorials that I've run across and I always got the impression that the RT-D editorial staff is as anti-gun as any other typical MSM outlet.

    I stand corrected.

  4. As one who's moved too many times to count, I've been a regular reader of eight medium-to-large city newspapers. Six were solidly anti-gun. The Richmond Times-Dispatch, led by regular Townhall contributor Ross Mackenzie, is one of the two exceptions, the Orange County Register being the other.

  5. Many major newspapers reprint articles from the AP wire and such without comment.

    It's distinctly possible that things like that are what I was running across.

    I'll be sure to look closer at where the article or column originated in the future.

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