17 Jun , 2018

TV bias on guns: NBC’s Reverie: Main character says “I hate guns,” always emphasizing danger of guns

Media bias on guns takes many forms. Here is an all too typical example where a character simply comes out and says: “I hate guns.” NBC’s Reverie has had three episodes so far. A common theme through the three shows has been that Mara Kint (played by the very beautiful and talented Sarah Shahi) was traumatized by her brother-in-law shooting her sister and niece to death.…

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28 Apr , 2018

At The Hill newspaper: Waffle House shooting illustrates the danger posed by gun-free zones

Dr. John Lott’s newest article at The Hill newspaper starts this way:

Another mass public shooting in another gun-free zone, and yet again the media ignores it. Right at the front of the Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, Tennessee was a sign prohibiting firearms. But none of the news media, neither national nor local, reported that fact.

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26 Apr , 2018

More Censorship of our research by Twitter

We have previously run into trouble with Twitter censoring our activity.  Gavin McGinnis recently posted a Tweet linking to some of our research correcting false statements made by Vox.com on guns.  But Twitter provided the following warning:

So what does “sensitive material” mean?  Apparently, Twitter says that sensitive material is “abusive and offensive” material.  …

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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