Press Ignores Lives Saved Because Of Firearms

BELLEVUE, WA – -( In The month following the tragic Newtown school shooting, more than 65,000 people used firearms in self-defense, yet the national news media has virtually ignored this important aspect of gun ownership, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

“Based on the most conservative estimates, tens of thousands of legally-armed private citizens have used firearms defensively, including one 15-year-old teenager in Texas who protected his home and sister with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “But the press virtually ignored these incidents, instead concentrating on getting a juicy sound bite from anti-gun Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy about how many people have been victims of violent crime.

“This ignores the positive side of private gun ownership,” he added, “and presents a biased view of guns in society. We need to recognize the number of lives that have been saved, and the number of crimes thwarted because a citizen had a gun.”

“We all deplore the senseless loss of life,” Gottlieb observed. “But Rep. McCarthy and other gun grabbers like to ignore the usefulness of firearms in the right hands. Anti-gunners assume that if you only tell half a story, it becomes the story.”

Gottlieb suggested that if reporters need balance, they can find stories every day about lawful self-defense on the website.

“It’s about time the press looked at those stories and gave them national attention equal to the attention they pay to the criminal misuse of firearms,” Gottlieb said. “Private firearms ownership should be reported and encouraged. After all, if it saves just one life, then having a gun for personal protection is an idea we should all support.”

With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the Internet at or by email to [email protected]

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Shawn Grammont

The mainstream media is paid to not report the truth that guns saves lives. Instead they want to add fuel to the idea of gun control.


Because the vast majority of people in the national mainstream media are no longer capable of fair and balanced reporting I now consider the right to keep and bear arms much more important than the right of a free press . No one wants to hear lies and biased news 24 / 7 but the need for self protection is magnified many times over because of this very failure of the fourth estate .

VT Patriot

This latest gun grab has nothing to do with 'gun safety'. It has one simple goal, and that is to disarm the American citizens. So it is no mystery that the 'wild west' streets of Chicago, LA and other cities crime problems are never mentioned. They have very strong gun laws that all the law abiding citizens of the state adhere to, but on the streets – -totally ignored. Also, the numbers of death by guns is highly inflated by gang wars (illegal guns). The number of real deaths by guns in the hands of legal citizens is a small… Read more »

Thom Paine

Also the unemployment rates for "working class" white and black alike is being grossly distorted by the so called msm. Further in silence is the fact that so called "imigration reform" ,(read as amnesty) would be in fact a bipartisan attempt to make sure the unemployment situation gets even worse! Ayup , the long legged macdaddy in the Whitehouse throws us all under the bus again. No mention either of the personal responsibility for many illegal immigrants resting firmly on the shoulders of the parents that illegaly brought them here. Instead they blame government. Just yet another blatant attempt by… Read more »


Totally agree with you Thom. The media is all one sided as if someone is paying them off. From your comment about the media not reporting the trouble in Chicago to the comments about immigration I agree. As I agree with this write up we’re commenting on. It’s hard to really fix things if people only have half a story. It’s also harder to prosecute the government that starts it all and allows it to happen. I, myself always forward stories I find about what’s not being reported. Like the story above will be on my social media and anywhere… Read more »

Thom Paine

Yes I quite agree. But also lets examine what I consider to be the story of the decade thats also being censored. There are large scale demonstrations against the Obama Administration by BLACKS in his own city of Chicago that they wont cover! Talk about a ratings bonanza to the network with the balls to examine the fact that insiders in the cabinet are profiting off of the continued destruction of the city of Chicago while people in the community starve ! The fact is that by not covering such racisim is encouraged by the false perception that all blacks… Read more »


Also, all fatal shootings with firearms are counted into the "media/government total." That overall number is made up of all shootings including defending citizens and people shot by law enforcement officers, as well as accidental shootings, etc. Then this number is used as propaganda for the anti-Second Amendment nut cakes.


Why would any person capable of critical thinking expect the media to change their 'lying-by-omission' method of faux journalism?