CNN: Guilty of misleading viewers
At this point we can be fairly sure that CNN's reporter will not be
prosecuted. There are a couple factors leading to this
- The BATFE does not want to make an enemy.
- GCA'68 has been amended to require ill intent.
It is unlikely to save any normal gun owner from prosecution, but it
gives the BATFE the excuse they need to duck the issue.
- The CNN broadcast does not prove, only strongly imply, that their
reporter took possession of the gun from their straw Texan and returned
to Atlanta, GA with it. This interstate transfer is a necessary
component for laws to be broken.
- We are unlikely to get the answers to these questions without a BATFE investigation.
There can be no doubt, however, the CNN has aired another deliberately
misleading report designed to produce calls for more gun control -- as
well as, arguably, providing instructions to terrorists.
It is only CNN's poor understanding of firearms that has prevented
terrorists from taking up their advice. Unlike American
journalists, terrorists understand firearms all too well, and know that
hitting an airplane with a rifle would be extremely difficult and
produce no useful effect.
UPDATE: I was remiss
in not linking earlier to Zendo Deb
's call to action
on the CNN issue. I had to rebuild the CNN Gunswarm
more than once, and somehow she never got in. In other news, that
event generated a lot of new gunbloggers for the blogroll, and as soon
as I get a chance I will add them.
This entry was published 2005-09-24 10:43:35.0 by firstname.lastname@example.org
and last updated 2005-09-24 10:43:35.0.