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If Guns Were Porn

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On a day when the Chicago Tribune’s headline read, “5 Shot in Uptown: ‘There Was Blood Everywhere’,” our local Fox affiliate’s Good Day Chicago program ran a cutesy feature called “Ladies, Locked and Loaded: What type of gun is right for me?” The Fox story goes from purportedly neutral –

FOX 32 News is not advocating the use of guns or telling you to go out and buy one. It’s a very personal decision that should not be made in haste. In fact, some people never even thought about using a gun for safety until something terrible happened.

To full-on, Hey, ladies, let’s go buy some guns!

But anyone who has ever had to walk up to gun counter to buy their first gun knows – the choices are endless. For women, the process can be overwhelming and intimidating. The caliber, the make, the model, the ammunition – there are many decisions to make, and each of those decisions should be an informed one. How do you know which one to choose?

In a matter of seconds.

My good friend John Moore of Windy City Watch (@johnvmoore on Twitter) took issue with the segment and directed some probing questions to Fox32’s Anita Padilla (@AnitaPadilla32), pointing out, correctly, that not everyone is thrilled with the proliferation of guns on Chicago’s streets. Padilla largely sloughed off the issue:

 

 

It got me thinking. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment creates a private right to keep and bear certain types of firearms, including handguns (see District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), and McDonald v. City of Chicago, ___ U.S. ___, 103 S. Ct. 3020 (2010)), media outlets seem to think they have an obligation to indulge gun fetishists, as today’s Good Day Chicago segment attests. It’s not enough to report the news; they have to kowtow to (ahem) firearms enthusiasts, as if there were no controversy surrounding guns.

But there is, especially in cities like Chicago where there are literally hundreds of gun deaths per year and the police seem powerless to stop it.

So imagine, if you will, that the media welcomed other controversial Supreme Court rulings in the same way they embrace the Court’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms. After all, the Court ruled long ago that adults have the right to access pornography, so long as it doesn’t meet the narrow and exacting legal definition of “obscenity” (see Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973)). I don’t recall the media rushing to publish or produce stories entitled: Now that Smut is Legal, Find the Porn That’s Right for You.

That would be weird, right?

When it comes to guns, however, media outlets like Fox act as though we’ve all embraced the gun fetish when that’s manifestly untrue.

Hey, I know people like guns and they like porn; I just don’t want either one of them shoved in my face. Literally or figuratively.

David Von Ebers

An evil trial lawyer from Chicago, which makes me almost as bad as Barack Obama himself. Except, I am a Cubs fan, unlike our President, and so, as the kids say, I AM SHAME. I blog about legal issues, politics, sports, music (that long-haired rock 'n roll music all the kids are into), and, frequently, the interaction between any and all of the above. When I'm not busy undermining the Constitution or circumventing your freedoms, I run, watch too much sports on the teevee, and hang out with my long-suffering wife and three kids.

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2 Comments

  1. Good Greg August 26, 2013 at 10:15 am

    First, holding a local affiliate (Fox or any other) up as an example of good sense in media is a bit of a folly. They are there to make money first and report the news second. If they have to kowtow to their prime demographic to make money, they will. I would propose that is the problem with MSNBC, but with their ratings, they aren’t even really making money.

    Using porn as an analogy to guns is a cheap gimmick. Guns are like whiskey. There is good a bad. I assume you are familiar with the “If by whiskey” speech. Porn is by it’s very nature exploitative.

    My real problem with this article is John Moore’s tweet. This is the same racial narrative that the race baiters and hustlers have been selling for decades. It is both false and hurtful to blacks.

    The highest level problem with his argument is that he is essentially saying that you don’t have the right to defend yourself. or maybe just when you are out in public. He does this by implying that if you carry concealed, you do it out of fear of young black men, because you are racist. If you weren’t racist, you wouldn’t fear young black men and you wouldn’t need to carry concealed.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/08/the_rise_of_a_violent_underclass.html

    He could also be implying that you should rely on the police to protect you. The problem is that the police have no duty to protect you, so the best you can hope for is that they catch whoever did it.

    We don’t have a gun problem. There are an estimated 500 million privately owned guns in the US. by far the most by number and per capita in the world, yet we aren’t even in the top 100 homicide rate. This means you can’t make the argument that more guns = more murders, because in the last 20 years (and the last 5 especially) the number of privately help weapons has increased and the number of concealed carry permits has sky-rocketed, yet the number of gun homicides has dropped.

    My final thought, just to prove that statistics must be evaluated carefully, is that every citizen who can legally have one should have a concealed carry permit and the amount of crime, violent and otherwise, would drop dramatically. My proof, you ask. Easy, concealed carry permit holders offend (break the law) at a rate far lower than the general population, therefore if everyone had a concealed carry permit, there would be less crime. So, the problem with that is, do people who are more inclined to be law-abiding tend to be the ones who get concealed carry permits or does going through the process of getting a concealed carry permit, scare people into not offending?

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