By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “Surrounded by law enforcement officers, Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe were handcuffed and lying face down on a residential driveway in Central Tennessee,” CNN selectively reported Friday. “Nearly 60 hours before, authorities launched a multistate search after they escaped from a state corrections bus in Central Georgia and allegedly killed two prison guards.
“While they were on the run, the pair allegedly stole five vehicles, robbed two homes, tied up and terrorized an elderly couple; and led police on a chase where speeds reached 100 mph,” the report elaborates.
You have to go over to the sidebar or the supplemental video to see this story “highlight”:
“Homeowners with guns help capture fugitives in Tennessee” and “Escaped inmates caught by Tennessee homeowner”
In an honest report, armed citizens saving the day would have been the headline.
You have to go 30 paragraphs down into the story to find out the homeowners didn’t “help capture” the fugitives, they captured them. And while it’s fine and proper to credit the man and his neighbor with being brave, it was the fact that they were armed – with guns – that enabled them to successfully act on that bravery.
Compare the results with the bloodthirsty and deranged image of gun owners dominating most of the media. Watch snarky metrosexual media “progressives” like Comedy Central’s Jordan Klepper disparage the concept of a “good guy with a gun” using Alinsky Rule 5 ridicule. How do you think he or any of his self-impressed media counterparts would fare against murderous desperados with nothing to lose – as compared to the people they present themselves as being smarter and more knowledgeable than?
They not only want to scare people out of having a gun in the home, Heaven forbid a mere commoner take one outside with the intent of having it for self defense.
The takeaways? The gun owners did not fulfill the fake “bloodthirsty yahoo” stereotype being promulgated by the media, but instead acted responsibly, all without shooting anyone. That they were armed actually prevented violence – a concept the gun-grabbers either don’t get or don’t have any intention of acknowledging. It was the unarmed couple who were physically abused, taken hostage and fortunate to escape with their lives. And it was armed citizens, not the “Only Ones,” who stopped the predators in their tracks.
[UPDATE: A revision to the CNN account says the initial homeowner to encounter the escapees never even had to draw his firearm. Just the fact that he had one helped the cons make up their minds about their next course of action and was enough of a deterrent to prevent an attack and induce a surrender.]
Even when the proof is right in front of them, the gun-grabbers find the truth a hard pill to swallow, let alone admit without obfuscation. That’s because, if you take the edicts they would impose on their countrymen to their logical conclusions, they’d rather the homeowners confronted by the convicts had been killed than armed.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.