An editorial in yesterday’s Washington Post exemplifies why gun owners in general, and Second Amendment activists in particular, distrust and dislike the so-called “mainstream press.”
While the newspaper thrives because of the First Amendment, and has defended freedom of the press long before anyone ever heard of the Pentagon Papers or Watergate, the left-leaning news organ is quick on the trigger when it comes to dissing the Second Amendment. It calls on the District of Columbia to appeal a recent federal judge’s ruling that the city’s ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional, in a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation.
“We hope,” the editorial stated, “that the District’s planned action isn’t an indication it won’t seek another remedy, namely to seek to overturn the judge’s finding that residents have a constitutional right to carry guns on the streets of the nation’s capital.”
If the Bill of Rights – all ten amendments thereof – has meaning anywhere, it should be in the seat of government where Congress, the Supreme Court, the president and the Washington Post all reside. Where else but in the nation’s capital, should the Constitution and all of its freedoms be not simply recognized, but zealously defended?
The editorial noted that D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, a Democrat, “was unequivocal” when he declared the other day, “I happen to be one who does not support people walking around with guns, concealed or otherwise.” Gray presides over a city where there are so many guns under so many jackets, including those of any security detail he may have at his disposal, that such a comment seems beyond ludicrous.
Second Amendment advocates have long asserted that the Washington Post editorial policy toward gun rights reflects is a big city newsroom philosophy that is not simply ignorant of firearms, but hostile toward guns and the people who own them. Gun owners feel that way about many, if not most, “mainstream” newspapers and have stopped supporting them by cancelling subscriptions and not patronizing their advertisers.
After all, why support a newspaper – they reason – that doesn’t support you? It is a fair analysis that can be seen in the reduction or elimination of Outdoors sections in many newspapers, or at least the end of coverage that deals with hunting.
While the battle over concealed carry unfolds in the District, the other gun rights battle of note is coincidentally unfolding here in the “other Washington.” As this column noted over the weekend, the Seattle Times carried its latest report on the dueling initiatives battle and once again omitted mention of law enforcement opposition to Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure supported by local billionaires, less affluent but still wealthy Seattle-area elitists and anti-gun former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
At last check early this morning, the Times story had garnered more than 700 reader comments. That’s a strong indication of the emotional interest in this fight.
The grassroots effort against I-594 is building. Early this morning, the Marksman indoor gun range in Puyallup announced an upcoming rally against I-594 and in support of rival Initiative 591. The event begins at 2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 27, and it will launch a voter registration effort that runs through Oct. 6. The gun range, at 11003 Canyon Road East, will have yard signs and bumper stickers.
Another rally is slated in downtown Seattle on Oct. 18, beginning at 11 a.m. Expect a good crowd, even though it is the second weekend of Washington’s deer hunting season.