Posted by: Jay | March 18, 2008

Subtle Media Bias

In a CNN story regarding the Heller case which is set to start proceedings today:

Elilta “Lily” Habtu thinks that is how it should be [ie, the DC ban on handgun ownership]. She knows about gun violence firsthand, surviving bullets to the head and arm fired by the Virginia Tech University shooter nearly a year ago.

“There has to be tighter gun control; we can’t let another Virginia Tech to happen,” she said. “And we’re just not doing it, we’re sitting around, we’re doing nothing. We let the opportunity arise for more massacres.”

Not sure what the Va Tech massacre has to do with Washington DC, but then again when does one have to do with another? Frank Lautenberg dishonestly uses Va Tech as a reason for closing the so called “gun show loophole” despite the fact that neither of the guns used at Va Tech were purchased at a gun show.

But let’s skip down to the bottom of the article:

Since graduating, Habtu has devoted her time to speaking in favor of gun control, including tightening laws on Internet gun sales, and preventing loopholes that allow mentally ill people like Cho to buy weapons.

“No one here is trying to fight against your right to have a gun,” she said in a soft voice. “What we want is for dangerous people not to get access to one, and today it is just too easy. We cannot keep sacrificing innocent people because you have a fear that you’re not going to have your right to own a gun.”

“Tightening laws on Internet gun sales.” How can they be tightened? When you buy a gun online, the gun must be sent to a FFL dealer where a person undergoes the same background check as if they purchased the gun in the store.

“and preventing loopholes that allow mentally ill people like Cho to buy weapons.” The media loves the word ‘loophole’ don’t they? Actually, there was no ‘loophole.’ Under federal law, Cho would have been prevented from purchasing those guns. Virginia didn’t provide the information to the feds.

No one here is trying to fight against your right to have a gun,” she said in a soft voice.

Well, yes you are. I don’t care if she says it in a ‘soft voice’ or shouts it from the top of a mountain. If you agree with the DC handgun ban, then you are fighting against a person’s right to have a gun. It’s as simple as that. I sympathize with Ms. Habtu. She experienced something awful, but that doesn’t make her right.

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