Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

“Journalists” Renew Attack Upon “Assault Weapons”

Friday, June 3, 2016

“Journalists” Renew Attack Upon “Assault Weapons”

Katie Couric may be the journalist – we use the term loosely – that for the last few days has been taking the most heat for dishonest coverage of guns. But some in the TV “news” business have been just as dishonest in the past, and others are just as dishonest today.

In the early days of the “assault weapon” issue, network news programs ran footage of machine guns being fired during stories about semi-automatic firearms.

CBS 48 Hours did so when “assault weapons” became a national issue in 1989, the later-discredited Dan Rather intoning, “the right to bear arms, have we gone too far?”



NBC’s Today Show with Couric and Bryant Gumbel did so when the Senate was debating the federal “assault weapon” ban in 1993, a reporter falsely saying that the ban would affect “weapons like these” as 32 rounds were fired out of a fully-automatic machine pistol in 1.6 seconds.



NBC did so again when the House of Representatives was debating the legislation in 1994, a reporter referring to “assault weapons” as the camera showed 32 rounds fired out of a fully-automatic Uzi submachinegun.



CNN did the same thing when Congress was refusing to extend the ban in 2004, future felon Ken Jenne narrating as bursts were fired from a fully-automatic AK-47.



And NBC’s Chicago affiliate, with the complicity of Andrew Traver, President Obama’s 2010 nominee to head ATF, did so in 2009, reporter Kim Vatis referring to “assault weapons,” then firing a fully-automatic AK-47, waving the gun back and forth for effect.



Fast forward to Bryant Gumbel, who, last year, told Rolling Stone magazine, “There are few things I hate more than the NRA. . . . I think they’re pigs. . . . I think they are a curse upon the American landscape.” Now Gumbel is trying to deceive the public into thinking that Americans shouldn’t have any firearm that is similar to a “military” firearm, and for that reason shouldn’t be allowed to have AR-15s.

In an episode of his “HBO Real Sports” program, Gumbel says, “I’m talking about a gun now known as the AR-15, a weapon designed for wartime.” A smug Gumbel associate asks Larry Keane, of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, “You don’t dispute the AR-15’s military heritage, though, right? . . . . But we don’t let every military munition be adapted to civilian life, right? So, I guess the question is where to draw the line between civilian arms and military arms. Can you define where that line is?”

As Keane points out, the AR-15 was not designed for the military, but Americans have had many of the same firearms as the military throughout our nation’s history. It is also true that many firearms and firearm modifications developed for civilians were later adopted by the military, and that the right to arms has always included the right to what gun control supporters misleadingly characterize as “military” arms.

Gallup polling finds that only 21 percent of Americans have confidence in newspapers and the TV news.  If reporting on other issues is as biased as coverage of firearms and the Second Amendment, we’re left to wonder how the number remains that high.

BY NRA-ILA Staff

TRENDING NOW

News  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Federal Court Upholds Decision to Block California’s Magazine Ban

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit issued a ruling in the case of Duncan v. Becerra on Tuesday upholding a lower court’s decision to suspend enforcement of California’s restriction on the possession of magazines ...

Anti-gun Efforts to Expand U.N. Regulations to Ammunition Continue

News  

Friday, July 6, 2018

Anti-gun Efforts to Expand U.N. Regulations to Ammunition Continue

Shortly before 4:00am last Saturday morning, the two week long Third Review Conference (RevCon3) on the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All ...

Washington: Seattle City Council Passes Ordinance Making Firearms Unavailable for Self-Defense

Monday, July 16, 2018

Washington: Seattle City Council Passes Ordinance Making Firearms Unavailable for Self-Defense

On July 9th, the Seattle City Council passed a mandatory firearm storage ordinance to restrict the self-defense rights of Seattle residents.  The ordinance, if signed by Mayor Jenny Durkan, will impose a one-size-fits-all method of storing firearms as ...

Justice Scalia Made Clear the Second Amendment and Heller Prohibit “Assault Weapon” Bans

News  

Second Amendment  

Gun Laws  

Friday, July 13, 2018

Justice Scalia Made Clear the Second Amendment and Heller Prohibit “Assault Weapon” Bans

On July 9, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) offered the following ham-handed statement in an attempted attack on President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Brett Kavanaugh is a true Second Amendment radical. ...

Illinois: Governor Signs Two Gun Control Bills

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Illinois: Governor Signs Two Gun Control Bills

On July 17th, Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 2354 and Senate Bill 3256 into law.

California DOJ Withdraws Proposed Regulations Expanding Application of “Assault Weapon” Definitions

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

California DOJ Withdraws Proposed Regulations Expanding Application of “Assault Weapon” Definitions

On Monday, the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms (“CA DOJ”) officially withdrew the proposed regulations that would have expanded the improperly adopted “assault weapon” definitions, to apply in all circumstances. This withdrawal comes ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

NRA Endorses State Senator Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin

News  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

NRA Endorses State Senator Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to announce its endorsement of state Sen. Leah Vukmir in the 2018 Republican U.S. Senate Primary in Wisconsin.

Too Young or Too Old... To Own a Gun?

News  

Friday, July 6, 2018

Too Young or Too Old... To Own a Gun?

A common theme among anti-gun extremists is what we often refer to as the “Goldilocks” approach to limiting access to firearms by law-abiding citizens.  Rather than admit that the ultimate goal is to disarm all ...

Delaware: Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Sunday Deer Hunting

Hunting  

Friday, July 13, 2018

Delaware: Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Sunday Deer Hunting

On July 11th, Governor John Carney signed Senate Bill 198 into law to expand hunting opportunities in Delaware by eliminating the prohibition against hunting for deer on Sundays and allowing for the harvesting of deer on Sundays ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.