“Those behind a late-night attack … used an assault-style weapon to spray the crowd with bullets, making it ‘a miracle’ no one was killed,” an Associated Press “report” by “Authorized Journalists” Carla K. Johnson and Herbert G. McCann breathlessly declared. “Ballistics evidence shows that those behind Thursday night’s attack used a 7.62 mm rifle fed by a high-capacity magazine, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters.”
That “type of weapon,” McCarthy said, “belongs on a ‘battlefield, not on the street or a corner or a park…’”
If one didn’t know better, one would think he and his media chroniclers were talking about a select fire-capable rifle, the kind that actually are found on battlefields. Or one would think that’s what they want us to think.
Does anyone think Associated Press “reporters” don’t know better, or don’t know that McCarthy’s well-publicized objective is a nationwide semi-auto and magazine ban? Does anyone think Johnson and McCann are unaware of just whose talking point they’re all parroting?
“I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals,” Barack Obama proclaimed, himself parroting a ubiquitous gungrabber meme, “that they belong on the battlefields of war and not on the streets of our cities.”
Does anyone truly think professional reporters are unaware of the well-known and longstanding deception promulgated by the Violence Policy Center — which laid out the strategy back in 1988 – by declaring that “The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons”?
Does anyone think that seasoned newshounds, with research skills and all the resources of the mighty AP at their disposal, could possibly be unaware of The Journalist’s Guide to Gun Policy Scholars and Second Amendment Scholars, providing access to any number of recognized experts, listed by specialty, location and name, whom they could consult on any issue imaginable pertaining to guns? If they wanted to…?