17 Apr , 2018

TV Bias on Guns: ABC’s The Crossing with young boy saying “I don’t like guns”

Media bias on guns takes many forms. Here is an all too typical example where a character simply comes out and says: “I don’t like guns.” Here the sheriff’s young son is talking to a deputy who jokingly says that the boy could one day be sheriff. When the boy says “I don’t like guns,” the deputy reacts awkwardly.…

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15 Apr , 2018

NBC’s Taken tries to convince viewers that gun-free zones are fine, that criminals will obey them

NBC seems to have given out orders to its TV shows to include some anti-gun/pro-gun control mention in them. In this episode of Taken, the show tries to briefly and subtly convey to viewers that gun-free zones work because the criminals won’t disobey the bans. Does anyone seriously think that a group of paid, professional killers couldn’t find some way to get a gun into a hospital?  …

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30 Mar , 2018

Media Bias on guns: Chicago Fire: Does ammunition in a fire pose a real threat to firemen?

In Episode 15 of Season 6 (March 22, 2018), Chicago Fire shows scenes where a man’s ammunition is set off by a fire.  Bullets shoot everywhere, seriously wounding both the man’s mother and a fireman.  (If you don’t mind increasing NBC’s estimated number of people who have watched the show, it can be seen on Hulu here.)

We tried posting about a minute from NBC’s Chicago Fire on YouTube without success. …

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21 Mar , 2018

Youtube banning videos that promote the sale of firearms and accessories

Here is YouTube’s new policy:

“YouTube doesn’t allow content that encourages or promotes violence or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death…” said a letter from Youtube to Spike’s Tactical that the gun manufacturer posted on Facebook. “The only depictions of such activities that we may allow need to be educational or documentary in nature and shouldn’t be designed to help or encourage others to imitate them… Please be aware that you are prohibited from accessing, possessing or creating any other YouTube accounts.”

This attempt to control what information that people receive is much broader and it is discussed in a recent op-ed that we had available here.…

16 Mar , 2018

At The Hill: “The media is out of control in its push for gun control”

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at The Hill newspaper on the bias of fact checkers and the impact that they have on the gun control debate.

Fact checkers are out of control, and on the issue of guns they no longer even try to pretend impartiality. Especially on social media, this is becoming a serious problem.

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12 Mar , 2018

Politifact’s continued biased and flawed evaluations about gun control: France had a higher casualty rate in one year than the entire 8 years of Barack Obama

Politifact’s Jon Greenberg claims: “NRA’s Loesch cherry-picks terrorism deaths in France to argue against assault weapon ban.”    They rate the claim as “mostly false.”  On ABC News’ This Week Dana Loesch had this to say:

Loesch: “France had a higher casualty rate in one year than the entire two administrations of Barack Obama.  

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12 Mar , 2018

Politifact’s continued biased and flawed evaluations of gun control: Questioning the claim that police are convicted at higher rates than permit holders

Politifact’s Jon Greenberg claims: “Florida lawmaker repeats dodgy claim about crimes by cops vs. concealed permit holders.”  They rate the claim as “false.”

This is in response to our research “comparing conviction rates of police and permit holders.”  The Florida State Representative, Matt Caldwell (R-North Fort Myers), who made the claim being evaluated made a somewhat different statement: “A law enforcement officer is more likely to commit a crime than a CWP (concealed weapons permit) holder.”

1) The data on police counts the number of reported cases, not the number of officers involved in the crimes.  

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11 Mar , 2018

Fact Checker Snopes.com’s big mistakes in comparing mass public shootings in the US and Europe

Snopes.com recently fact-checked a post that we first put up in June 2015 and updated on January 7, 2016.  This became an issue for them because a story that Fox News’ Special Report that had run a couple years ago was getting circulated on Facebook after the Florida high school shooting.  …

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3 Mar , 2018

Political Bias on Guns: Gap between movie review and audience scores is huge for Bruce Willis’ “Death Wish”

The gap between what audiences think of a movie and what top movie critics think of a movie has rarely been larger than for Bruce Willis’ “Death Wish.”  In fact, it is numerically very difficult for that gap to be any larger.  While only 8% of the top critics (and 14% of all movie reviewers) at Rotten Tomatoes like the new “Death Wish,” 85% of the audiences who saw it like it.…

2 Mar , 2018

Bruce Willis’ “Death Wish” panned for “spectacularly bad timing,” so gun control advocates when is a good time to talk about how people protect themselves?

Most reviewers of this movie can’t help but mention gun control in their reviews.  We have just had another mass public shooting in yet another gun-free zone, and gun-control advocates say that this isn’t the right time for us to talk about letting people defend themselves?  I would have done this movie differently, emphasizing how all the political correctness in Chicago is wasting the time of police officers filling out forms from the ACLU and keeping them from solving crimes such as the one that starts the movie off.…