I’m always one of the first to excoriate and ridicule the Main Stream Media when they show their ignorance and bias, so I think it’s imperative for me to be equally quick to praise when they actually do it right.
Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, said one obvious flaw in the al-Qaida video is the inaccurate claim about buying automatic weapons.
“Machine guns cannot be purchased anywhere in the United States without going through a detailed and lengthy background check, paying a $200 tax, and notifying local law enforcement,” he said. “Additionally, in Virginia the gun would then have to be registered with the state within 24 hours.”
Van Cleave acknowledged “nothing can stop a determined terrorist from getting a gun” through illegal or lawful means.
“One can never ignore such threats,” he said, “but we should not be running to dump our civil liberties overboard, either. The more armed the populace is, the quicker a lone wolf, if one pops up, could be put down.”
Kudos to the Virginian Pilot’s Julian Walker for presenting a balanced, and well presented piece on a controversial subject. It’s good to know that there are at least a few Authorized Journalists out there who seem to remember that journalism is supposed to be about finding and presenting the facts, not pushing an agenda.