Guns: rights versus control

I wrote our analysis this week on the gun issue, stemming from the horror at Virginia Tech. It will run online later today or tomorrow....

I wrote our analysis this week on the gun issue, stemming from the horror at Virginia Tech. It will run online later today or tomorrow. There were two interesting points that didn't fit into the theme of the piece. These are important threads, not castoffs, oh people.

On media coverage...

Gun control advocates and gun rights proponents rarely agree upon something, but all seemed to feel that the media coverage of the issue was balanced.

“Not withstanding some foreign press accounts, the media has been relatively balanced, in comparison to the Columbine tragedy,” says Jim Copland, director of the Center for Legal Policy at the conservative Manhattan Institute.

“The reporters I talked with were more unbiased and more receptive to our message than they were eight years ago,” says Mike Hammond, consultant and legislative and legal advisor for the Gun Owners of America (GOA).

On the NRA's reticence.
The National Rifle Association (NRA), traditionally the gun lobby’s loudest voice, kept taciturn, limiting its response to a terse statement of condolences, adding, “We will not have further comment until all the facts are known.”

As such, the GOA became the de facto source for guns rights information and opinions.

“Other groups felt they should go silent – that certainly has made me very much in demand over the past five days,” Hammond says. “We were perfectly willing to say something.”

Bonus: Here's an Economist article I cite in the piece.

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