In my experience, the mainstream legacy media has a hard time telling the truth about a lot of subjects. The one that they are most likely to give you “misinformation” about is firearms, though. They’ll give you their opinions and a bunch of nonsense said in a way to try to make it sound believable that, when you look into it, is just fabricated nonsense.
But CNN, one of the worst about spreading misinformation (aka fake news), recently has been pushing to (they say) be less biased. The jury is still out about that, but they recently reported something that you may be shocked to read about (hat tip to here for the lead). Ray Sanchez writes,
Jenn and Shelby are part of a growing number of Americans, particularly women and people of color, on an extended national gun shopping splurge – many for the first time.
The heightened interest in guns comes amid a horrific spate of mass shootings and – according to the CDC’s most recent figures – firearm fatalities that outnumbered motor vehicle traffic deaths 48,830 to 45,404.
Okay, so Sanchez (writing for CNN) does put the expected CNN spin on it by titling the article “A nation rocked by mass shootings goes on an extended gun-buying run” to push their guns are scary angle. And the quote above pushes that narrative, too, by conveniently leaving out the fact that for the last two years, millions of Americans have been working remotely, so, they haven’t been commuting to work. In other words, they haven’t been driving, so, they haven’t been getting into accidents. It’s easy to understand why continuing gun violence in the same places that had gun violence before the pandemic (Chicago, Baltimore, etc.) still was happening throughout the pandemic when car accident deaths haven’t been keeping up. Criminals didn’t stop shooting just because so many other people stayed home.
But, hey, maybe we should give CNN credit for actually reporting that more people are legally buying guns. Baby steps in the right direction, right?