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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Why the bias?

I've sent an email, copied in its entirety, to the editorial comments section of ABCnews online. The article, Killer's Note: 'You Caused Me to Do This' by Amy Thomas and Jason Ryan, is disingenous, and contains a paragraph completely unrelated to the rest of the article. As you might guess, it concerns the killer's guns. Here's my email:
Please explain how the following paragraph added any relevance to the article concerning Cho Seung-Hui, the student who killed 32 people and then himself yesterday, after leaving "a long and "disturbing" note."

"It is unknown at this time if his guns had standard or extended clips, which, depending on the weapon, can fire as many as 30 shots before the gun has to be reloaded."

I find this paragraph to be out of context to the rest of the story and unrelated to Cho's activities. In fact, it is simply an opportunity to further press the media's anti-gun scare tactics. It appears that lengths of chain were also used by Cho during his killing spree and were used to trap students inside the building, directly contributing to their deaths. I have read no call for the legislated banning of chain for unlicensed users, or waiting periods for chain purchases or controls on how many links of chain can be sold in single lengths. Why is that? Why has the type and tensile strength and location of purchase of the chain not been researched and published in every article related to this terrible tragedy?

It is because, in contradiction to the reality of the hundreds of thousands of responsible gun owners, owning millions of guns, did not go on a rampage yesterday and carry out an evil plan to commit mass murder, but in fact, one madman with an evil agenda misused two firearms. For the media, with not a hidden but a clear agenda, the wish to stigmatize the firearms as being responsible for this man's killing spree is blatantly obvious.
I find the media's focus on the guns, over and above the rest of this cruel tragedy to be a very real attack on this country's 2nd Amendment and I will do all in my power to support agencies and organizations that fight this unrealistic media bias.
Sincerely, Nate McCord, Ogden Utah
So where is the clamor to ban, license and restrict the sale of chain? Should the sale of chain be limited to lengths too short to lock doors shut unless a permit is obtained?

Lets face it, many of those 32 people at Virginia Tech died as a direct result of Cho's ability to purchase chain and restrict them from escaping his killing rampage. Its not all about the guns! And it is irresponsible, though not unexpected for the mainstream media to be focused so directly on the guns used yesterday instead of the greater tragedy of an unrecognized, plotting madman.

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