Today, one of my YouTube homepage recommended videos was a Los Angeles Times spot on a Katie Couric produced documentary debuting at Sundance called Under the Gun. I guess YouTube’s algorithms can’t tell a pro-gun video from an anti-gun video, or they are trying to prosthelytize for the antis.
I watched the video. I understand why the brilliant minds over at South Park decided that a Couric should be the standard unit of measure for human feces – with 1 Couric equivalent to 2.5 lbs of crap.
Every bit of the video was a bad faith argument for more gun control. It starts with the duplicitous statement that mass shootings are on the rise. They are not, but the antis like to claim they are coming up with a definition that is way outside of the common understanding of the term “mass shooting.” The director, Stephanie Soechtig, then in part blames lax gun law for the rise in mass shootings. To prove her point, she admits to engaging in the illegal purchase of weapons across state lines.
Ms. Soechtig and Ms. Couric then go on to drop about a ton of Ms. Couric’s namesake on the typical anti-gun/anti-NRA taking points:
“It’s interesting to see how much of the narrative about the gun debate has been dictated by the NRA.”
“Most of us agree” on the need for more gun control, but it’s the extremists in the NRA that is keeping us from achieving utopia.
NRA represents only 5% of gun owners and that 74% of NRA members want universal background checks
By this point I had had enough and went to the movie’s webpage and lo and behold, who were the official partners for the movie?
Every anti-gun group and their uncle, that’s who. The journalism of Walter Duranty was less biased than Couric’s in this film. But it being promoted as an objective documentary to counter of lies of the NRA.
This is the problem. Antis argue in bad faith. They start with a lie and it gets worse from there.
On CNN’s Obama town-hall on guns, Obama had the audacity to say to America “it is easier for a 12 or a 13-year-old to purchase a gun, and cheaper, than it is for them to get a book.” Obama has promoted the falsehood of the “internet loophole” as a way that felons can buy guns. Hillary Clinton has doubled down on both the internet and gun show loophole as things she intents to close as president. Antis will go on TV and try to scare people into supporting them with ridiculous statements about ghost guns that have “the ability with a 30-caliber clip to disperse with 30 bullets within half a second. Thirty magazine clip in half a second.” Celebrities on daytime TV will talk about how Americans have easy access to machine guns. And of course any gun owner will tell you that the most lethal part of any gun is the shoulder thing that goes up.
Antis lie. That is what they do. There is no claim too outlandish. No fact that can’t be distorted. To them, every person with a concealed carry permit is a racist just itching to kill, and every person shot in self defense is an innocent angel. The NRA is the enemy, and no matter the cause of the shooting, it’s always the NRA’s fault. Always.
No wonder we can’t have “an adult discussion” about gun control.