Weapons, Women, and the News Media

By Rob Morse

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California – -(Ammoland.com)- According to the main stream media, the hypocritical National Rifle Association disarmed its members during their annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

I was there. The media reports are false. What I read about the convention doesn't match what I saw on the ground.

That inaccuracy by the news media is by design rather than accident.

The media doesn't know gun owners.. and doesn't care to know them.  Instead, the main streammedia paints an unflattering image of gun owners tailored to fit the prejudices of their audience and their advertisers.  They paint gun owners as fat old ugly men.  In short, the advertising campaign tells us that gun owners are both unattractive.. and dangerous.

They paint gun owners as fat old ugly men.  In short, the advertising campaign tells us that gun owners are both unattractive.. and dangerous.
They paint gun owners as fat old ugly men. In short, the advertising campaign tells us that gun owners are both unattractive.. and dangerous.

 

Reality is far different, but it is easier for the anti-gun elites to fight the battle of appearances than the battle of ideas.  Make no mistake.  It is a battle for hearts and minds.

“We cannot let a minority of people.. and that's what it is, it is a minority of people..
hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.” ~ Hillary Clinton June 2014

 

Hillary Clinton isn't describing the gun owners I know, or the people I met at the NRA convention.  I saw men and women, young and old, urban and rural.. and all of them responsible gun owners.

NRA Women

To break the first stereotype, about a third of the convention attendees were women.  They were NRA members and instructors, as well as pro-rights journalists and bloggers.  These women were not the pinups of the gun world.  They are some of our best competitors and educators.  They are the face of responsible gun owners; a face the main stream media is afraid to show you.

Jessie Duff
Jessie Duff

 

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Eva Shockey

 

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Lena Miculek

 

Tatiana Whitlock
Tatiana Whitlock

 

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Kathy Jackson

 

Anette Wachter
Anette Wachter

 

Natalie Foster
Natalie Foster

 

 

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Regis Giles

 

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Amber Kunau

 

I've met most of these women.  They are intelligent and articulate advocates for armed self-defense.  So why haven't you heard about them?  Why are they hidden by the main stream media?  Because they don't fit the story the media wants to tell about firearms owners in America.  For the media, selling images is easier than arguing the detailed policy implications of gun control.  It is easier to sell outrage than reasoned debate.

For example, real gun control will disproportionately harm the poor in our inner cities.  The poor are, after all, the most likely victims of crime.  Disarming the poor makes them easier victims and so increases violent crime.

See what I mean.  That isn't a pretty picture.  It doesn't fit the media narrative.

What do you think?  Does the media speak for you and tell the truth about the firearms owners you know?

About Rob Morse: By day, Rob Morse works as a mild mannered engineer for a Southern California defense contractor. By night he writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Gun Rights Magazine, Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog.   He is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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Hit piece against any gun owning woman not in lock – step with the narrative , in 3…2..1.. AKA ( As a snobbish reporter) , I can report that ‘ our ‘ ‘ expert study ‘ clearly shows these women to be outside ‘ acceptable ‘ norms. ( Good girls are victims )… guns are a tool and a symbol of manly power , and we cant have ‘ the ladies ‘ target shooting , or fending of predators.
PS. It is fun to troll the NYT OP ED Page.

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The MSM in this used to be great country are in lock step with the Marxist in chief. Tough to overtake a country and enforce marxist suppression if some of those who remember how we came to be the great country we were if many of the citizens are ready, willing and able to defend what is right. Better to collect pictures of retards, give them a BB gun, and then try to convince their fellow retards that this is the typical gun owner. I’ve been a gun owner since the ’50s, have yet to shoot anyone, and spend a… Read more »

Capn Jack
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Capn Jack

Fat and old? You forgot Ugly!
Have you ever looked at some of those “Mom’s Against”?

Shawn Grammont
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Shawn Grammont

There’s more women than that and a lot of families. Not a few old country guys.

Eric
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Eric

I am a fat ugly old gun owner so what .
All that matters is the chicks that love me . They all know they are safe with me , and I can hunt some good food.
Its amazing how many women enjoy moose for dinner and they are my East Coast friends that have never seen a moose.

Janek
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Janek

Mr. Morse has revealed the one-sided reporting tactics employed by the media and their anti-gun enablers.