The New York Times infuriated gun owners Friday evening, publishing an editorial destined for Saturday's page one that called for the implementation of strict gun control measures.
In the editorial, "End the Gun Epidemic in America," the Times contended that it is a "moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency."
The front page of The New York Times for Saturday, Dec. 5. https://t.co/oL2uD2dCsg— The New York Times (@The New York Times) 1449288179.0
The editorial board for America's paper of record argued it was irrelevant the San Bernardino attack was likely connected to terrorism.
[M]otives do not matter to the dead in California, nor did they in Colorado, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut and far too many other places," the editorial stated. "The attention and anger of Americans should also be directed at the elected leaders whose job is to keep us safe but who place a higher premium on the money and political power of an industry dedicated to profiting from the unfettered spread of ever more powerful firearms."
In the last three paragraphs, the Times editorial board wrote that the wording of the Second Amendment is "not necessary to debate" and suggested Americans willfully give up their guns to the government "for the good of their fellow citizens.
It is not necessary to debate the peculiar wording of the Second Amendment. No right is unlimited and immune from reasonable regulation.
Certain kinds of weapons, like the slightly modified combat rifles used in California, and certain kinds of ammunition, must be outlawed for civilian ownership. It is possible to define those guns in a clear and effective way and, yes, it would require Americans who own those kinds of weapons to give them up for the good of their fellow citizens.
What better time than during a presidential election to show, at long last, that our nation has retained its sense of decency?
The front page placement of the editorial marked the first time the Times has placed an editorial on its front page since 1920.
The editorial itself was met with fierce reaction from gun owners online.
Many dared the newspaper to try to take away their guns, with some threatening violence against anyone individuals who would attempt to confiscate their weapons.
.@nytimes https://t.co/eyW4ECiBZ5— American Journalists Publish Chinese Propaganda (@American Journalists Publish Chinese Propaganda) 1449284478.0
Demands to disarm is one of the few things I’d ever consider meeting with violence. And I’d be constitutionally within my rights.— American Journalists Publish Chinese Propaganda (@American Journalists Publish Chinese Propaganda) 1449290110.0
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