‘NY Daily News’ Article Calls Gun Owner ‘Gun Nut,’ Misidentifies Guns

-By Warner Todd Huston

To show the utter, abject bias against the Constitution and our Second Amendment rights in the “news,” one need only turn to the New York Daily News to see a prime example. In a recent “news” story on a gun give-away, the paper called the winner a “gun nut,” and misidentified the rifle given away as an “assault weapon.”

A church in upstate New York made news by hosting a give-away program for an AR-15-styled rifle made by Smith & Wesson. The entrants for the raffle had to sit through the pastor’s sermon. The winner also had to pass a background check at a local gun store and wait the requisite period to take possession of the rifle.

In “reporting” the story, though, the paper filled its piece with misleading terminology and name calling to prove its disdain for the Church’s give-away as well as its contempt for the Constitution and the Second Amendment not to mention the winner of the rifle.

The headline starts the “news” article out in demagogy right off. The winner is called a “gun worshipper” right in the headline: “Gun worshiper wins semiautomatic weapon at church raffle in upstate NY.”

Naturally, the paper, of course, does nothing to prove that the winner of the raffle, New Yorker Ron Stafford, 42, is a “gun worshipper.” It just uses the epithet and lets it go at that.

Then the first paragraph of the story contain another name calling as well as an outright lie.

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.

Mr. Stafford is called a “gun nut” and the rifle he won is termed an “assault weapon.” Neither is true.

Mr. Stafford has no criminal record is is not proven to be any sort of “nut.” But more importantly, the rifle is not an “assault weapon.” The simple fact of the matter is that “assault weapons” have been made illegal in New York with the Governor’s SAFE Act.

So, the Church could not be giving away any “assault weapon.”

So, as you see, the New York Daily News Caitlin Nolan and Bill Hutchinson (yes it took two of them to cook up this crappy excuse for “journalism”) are both lairs and failures at their jobs of “reporting” the “news.”

Instead we get their hatred of the Church, Mr. Stafford, and the Constitution shinging through like a beacon.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, Wizbang.com, among many, many others. Huston has also appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and many local TV shows as well as numerous talk radio shows throughout the country.

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