One look at this cover of the NY Daily News and it’s pretty obvious that a few editors have some serious hoplophobia (the irrational fear of guns) going on.
Perhaps they should point out that millions of Americans own this “mass murder” machine without ever killing anyone. In fact more die from hammers and kitchen knives, so should we start calling those items mass murder machines as well?
According to the NY Daily News article,
An upstate gun nut went to church Sunday and walked out the winner of a high-powered assault rifle similar to the one used to slaughter 26 innocent people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
But Ron Stafford, 42, an avid hunter and single father of two from Schenectady, said he didn’t see what’s wrong about owning a gun or a church giving away an AR-15 rifle.
“I believe it’s the right of the individual, I believe the church and our God-given rights and our rights to follow the Constitution go hand in hand,” said Stafford, who doesn’t even belong to Grace Baptist Church in upstate Lansingburgh, but made the 25-mile trek from his home for the gun drawing.
“I like to shoot,” said the Second Amendment zealot. “I believe that this shows the will of the people and what this country is all about.”
Stafford was so determined to win, he sat through the entire three-hour service — a requirement demanded by the church’s pastor, the Rev. John Koletas.
While the overall message at Sunday’s service was about God and guns, Stafford refused to ponder the question of whether he could imagine Jesus packing heat.
“I can’t answer that question,” said Stafford. “I’m not Jesus. I believe in my personal thoughts and to speak for him wouldn’t be very Christian of me.”
However, he castigated the media for “demonizing” gun owners and the government for “trampling” on Second Amendment rights.
The implications of this newspaper cover is that people who own AR-15’s are mass murderers. After all, why else would someone want to own a “mass murder machine” right?
One thing the writer fails to mention is that Jesus actually told his disciples to buy a sword, even if they had to sell their garments to do so.
The media’s continual demonizing of gun owners is an obvious fact, even if the writer does not understand it. You don’t have to look at the cover of this newspaper for too long before you realize how slanted their views really are.
The comparison to the gun Adam Lanza used in Sandy Hook is just another sad attempt to make the weapon responsible and not the human being. And if we can make the gun the guilty party then anyone owns a similar gun must also be guilty and should be striped away of his rights.
By the way, calling the AR-15 round “high powered” also shows the ignorance of the anti-gun agenda. No respectable hunter would ever call the .223 round high powered.
Also, did anyone notice something wrong with the picture of the AR-15?
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