A mere rifle … When a mass murder takes place, the media always focuses on the weapon and downplays focus on the person wielding it, whether it is a vehicle, as in New York City, or a gun, as in Las Vegas and Texas. Moreover, the media likes to trumpet the term “assault weapon” when talking about an AR-15. Except when the “good guy with a gun” used an AR-15. Then it was just a rifle. Here are some cases in point: CNN, the NY Post, and NPR. The NPR article even called the murderer’s gun a “variant of the AR-15.”
Kudos to the LA Times? … At least the LA Times was consistent. They called both the murderer’s weapon and the one used by Stephen Willeford, the “good guy with a gun,” assault weapons. The consistency is noted, but both guns are really just rifles.
Then there’s Slate … Slate’s assistant social media editor took the narrative a bit further. Molly Olmstead wrote a piece titled “The Heroism in the Sutherland Springs Shooting Does Not Validate the ‘Good Guy With a Gun’ Argument.”
Without all the facts, Olmstead wrote: “If we were to assume Willeford did prevent more deaths, we should also look at what gun he used to confront Kelley. Kelley used an assault rifle in his church massacre. The weapon used by Willeford has been described merely as a ‘rifle,’ which suggests a hunting or sport rifle rather than an assault weapon.”
Get the news that matters most delivered directly to your inbox.
By signing up to the Blaze News newsletter you agree to receive electronic communications from Blaze Media that may sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content.