[Ed. – Think of all the other topics, apart from ‘shooty thing,’ that this ‘logic’ could be applied to.]
We’ve discussed the media’s profound bias on gun-related issues in the past — and one feature of said bias is a striking ignorance about both policy specifics, as well as guns themselves. The latter is almost a point of pride among some gun control supporting journalists. ‘Guns are icky and evil, and we’re glad we don’t know more about them. So what if we butcher terminology? Such details are pedantic.’ That attitude was on full display following the sickening mass shooting in Texas over the weekend. Here’s a left-wing member of the media scolding a longtime law enforcement official and media commentator for suggesting that people ought to pay attention to correct terms and basic facts as we debate potential policy changes:
This is silly and pedantic. AR-15s are bad and you don’t need to know what the acronym stands for to understand that https://t.co/3lQspYBv66
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 2, 2019
AR-15s are, by the way, the most popular rifle in America. Just labeling them “bad,” as if any further discussion is unnecessary, is lazy activism. It’s certainly not journalism.