(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) The New York Times editorial board ran a hit job bashing gun rights that put the leftist media organ’s ignorance on full display, using a cover photo for the op-ed that depicted shotgun shells instead of the piece’s target, AR-15s.
The article was entitled “America’s Toxic Gun Culture,” and it was the fifth in a series entitled “The Danger Within,” which NYT reports is an attempt to convince its dwindling readership “to understand the danger of extremist violence and possible solutions.”
The argument, though shocking in the degree it was willing to call for regulations and arrests, followed the standard gun-grabber logic. Republicans, gun-nuts, militias and political extremists are pushing deadly “assault style” weapons that are killing children and terrorizing leftists, and the government is urged to confiscate guns.
The argument is woefully misguided and has been refuted many times.
To quote Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 46 writing about gun rights, “Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion, that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession, than the debased subjects of arbitrary power would be to rescue theirs from the hands of their oppressors.”
This story was old news before it was printed. However, the story ran an image of shotgun shells, showing, once again, that the media has no idea what it is talking about when it comes to guns.
Andrew Follett, an analyst at The Club for Growth, mocked the Times’s photo.
“Complains about AR15s… with a picture of shotgun shells,” he tweeted. “This is hysterical.”
Follett was not alone in mocking “the paper of record.”
“I am once again begging the MSM journalists to take just a couple of basic firearms class to avoid dumba–ery like this,” Townhall’s Kurt Schlichter said, according to Fox News. He expressed amusement at their ignorance.
Others found the total lack of awareness surprising.
“Does the entire NYT really not have one editor that can review gun-related articles to notice something as basic as using a picture of shotgun shells for an article about AR-15s?” A.G. Hamilton, a conservative writer, wrote.
“Definitely inspires confidence about the contents of the article,” he sarcastically concluded.