Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma has accepted money from the highly partisan Everytown for Gun Safety to put on a two day seminar on covering guns and gun violence. They have already been criticized for creating a propaganda vehicle using money supplied by Michael Bloomberg. As their article includes the sensationalist and discredited claim that there have been “nearly 100 school shootings” since Sandy Hook, it is hard to consider them unbiased. Nonetheless, I sent the point of contact an email asking that she include voices with assumptions other than that of Michael Bloomberg. Here is the email that I sent.
I am sure that you are aware of the criticism of the Dart Center for accepting highly partisan money for the workshop. I expect that the center will take measures to insure that presenters are balanced and offer views both for and against some kinds of legislation; presenters whose assumptions are that guns create more violence, and presenters whose assumptions are that guns lead to less violence.
Please send a list of those who will be presenting at the workshop. I suggest that you include John Lott, as the major researcher who wrote “More Guns, Less Crime”. Lott also wrote a book on “The Bias Against Guns” which included academic research about how the media cover gun issues. I would think that research alone would make him a “must have” presenter.
Another presenter might be Alan Korwin, who lives in Phoenix, and who has been a critic of the way that gun related stories are covered in the media, for years. He is nationally recognized as an expert on gun law.
I would be interested in attending the workshop. I write about gun laws and self defense on a regular basis, have media credentials, and am published mostly in online gun related media such as “The Truth About Guns” and “Ammoland” I taught the concealed carry course in Arizona for 15 years, and have strong opinions on the subject of current media bias against armed citizens and in favor of highly restrictive gun laws.
I hope to be pleasantly surprised by the balance chosen in presenters.
I will be looking forward to Kate's reply, and will be sending her a more formal request to attend the workshop.
It appears that Kate is ignoring me. It would have been polite to at least tell me that the Dart Center is not interested, will not send me a list of presenters, or simply finds me unsuitable. I have sent another email detailing some of the problems that are in the Center's invitation, if they are to maintain any credibility on guns and gun violence. The consensus of the other media that I talked to at the Shot Show was that they simply did not care what we think, and will do the bidding of Bloomberg and those that he funds.
I will wait a little more for a reply to my second email.
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Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.