Verne Strickland Blogmaster / February 7, 2013
Don't know why, but I've had a feeling all along that the assault weapons media circus was a phony emergency. Just seemed reasonable that the news would prove that, as scary as the "shock and awe" rifles were, these guns ran a distant second when it came to murder and assault against Americans. I figured that, once the mass shootings died down, we'd realize that handguns were actually the main villains.
Turns out I was right and days ahead of breaking news from the mainstream. I'm kind of proud of that scoop. Here's a USA DOT COM piece I wrote on Jan. 31, 2013:
"I may be on the wrong track, but I don't think so. It is clear that competition is now getting heated between assault rifles and handguns. Over the past few days, there has been a rash of killings, hostage actions, and mass shootings involving handguns. Media concentration on the weapon(s) used has been close to non-existent. My point is that, as Obama crows a death knell for high-capacity automatic weapons, a dismaying phenomenon is emerging -- handguns have been wielded in a wide assortment of violent attacks in the U.S. resulting in deaths, injuries, kidnappings and the like. The "media" play this down, in some cases not mentioning the type of weapon used at all, and, in delayed coverage, minimizing the attention focused on handgun use. What then? While we move toward banning of the fearsome assault weapon, we find death and destruction continuing apace via guns deemed as "household" defensive devices. There is a manipulated left-wing media black-out here and it should be widely and intensely publicized."
I ALSO POSTED THIS REPORT ON JAN. 31, 2012:
"The maneuvering around the assault weapons ban underscores how delicate the process of putting together a bill has become. Facing legislative hurdles, top lawmakers are gaming out procedural steps to placate both longtime gun control advocates and those more wary of an ambitious package of reforms.
"When the assault weapons ban comes to the floor, proponents including us will have to contend with the fact that very few assault weapons are actually used in a crime," Jim Kessler, a former director of policy and research at Americans for Gun Safety and co-founder of the centrist-Democratic organization Third Way. "That’s the challenge with passing this law. On the one hand, it seems that in a civil society we should draw a line on what kind of weapon a person can own. And weapons designed for warfare belong on the other side of that line. On the other hand, if you are going to die at the hands of a criminal with a gun, it’s going to be a handgun."
VS: SO DOES THIS SUGGEST THAT I AM A BRAGGART AND A SHAMELESS SHOWBOAT? I HOPE NOT. JUST WANT TO POINT OUT THAT READERS OF USA DOT COM GET LOCAL SLANTS ON THE BIG STORIES THAT SOMETIMES BEAT THE BIG MEDIA PLAYERS. THAT'S THE PAY-OFF. THANKS FOR YOUR LOYAL READERSHIP!