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Liberal Gun Reporter: The Media Is Not Covering Solutions That Could Prevent Mass Shootings...And They Don't Involve Gun Bans

Matt Vespa Matt Vespa | @mvespa1 |Posted: Nov 10, 2018 6:45 PM

Liberal Gun Reporter: The Media Is Not Covering Solutions That Could Prevent Mass Shootings...And They Don't Involve Gun Bans

Often times, the media is just dreadful when it comes to reporting on firearms and Second Amendment issues. They continue to misname, misreport, and get parts of guns laws just wrong. Is it deliberate? It's hard to suggest otherwise. This isn't the first rodeo and the fact that laws that have been on the books for decades, like 18-year-olds being able to buy long guns, are treated like some shocking discovery a la Watergate continues to be an embarrassing moment for the elite media. It's all about the narrative.

Yet, there are some reporters writing for left-leaning publications, like The Guardian, who are actually very good on this issue. Yeah, believe it or not, the Left has a couple, not many of course; dedicated reporters who follow the gun beat. The Washington Free Beacon's Stephen Gutowski is one of the best for conservative media. Lois Beckett is one on the Left who you should follow. You may not always agree, but she's fair. She wrote (in The New York Times) about the myth that the 1994 assault weapons ban was effective, while also dispelling the liberal lie that banning AR-15 rifles would reduce crime. Handguns commit the most gun violence, but there is zero political support for that initiative.

In 2017, she wrote (New York Times) about five things we could do right now that could help reduce the mount of mass shooting... and it wasn't a Moms Demand Action grocery list [emphasis mine]:

These aren't controversial. Some of these I actually support-and the extreme risk protection order, while there will have to be thorough and explicit language to prevent abuse is something that I think both sides can agree on. Gun policy is back in the news after the horrific shooting at Borderline bar in Thousands Oaks, California. A former Marine, Ian Long, shot and killed twelve people at College Country Night (via WSJ): Reports show that Long appeared to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or at least exhibited symptoms of it, but experts warned against blaming his senseless act of violence solely on PTSD.

Yet, Beckett is more concerned about the media's lack of coverage in the solutions to these types of horrible events. Gutowski has also commented about the media's poor grasp of gun policy is probably because there is no dedicated staff tasked with reporting and researching at major newspapers and news organizations. Beckett added that Long could have been subjected to a gun violence restraining order law, which was passed in California, but no one knows it exists, not even law enforcement.

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