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7 Examples of Media Bias Against Gun Owners

by S.H. Blannelberry, Guns.com  |  published on March 28, 2013

Is the mainstream media biased against gun owners? You bet it is.

Are gun owners aware of this fact? Yes. Do we care? I suspect most of us don’t. At this point, it’s pretty much expected.

With that said, we do get irked from time to time at the media’s portrayal of gun owners, which frequently hews to the narrative that we’re all a bunch of paranoid zealots, blood-thirsty and pernicious, who horde supplies and hideout in subterranean bunkers awaiting a zombie apocalypse.

Naw, that might be overstating it. It’s probably more accurate to say that the media propagates or reinforces some version of President Obama’s notorious depiction of Middle America when talking about gun owners:

“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” – President Obama, 2008.
The implication one often sees in various media outlets is that there’s an unhealthy bond between gun owners and their firearms, that we’re flawed or have some type of character defect for believing that individuals are personally responsible for their safety, that the Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms, that guns — when placed in the right hands — can save lives.

Below are seven examples that show media bias against gun owners.

Note: I don’t know if they’re the ‘top seven’ per se, but they’re pretty flagrant examples. Moreover, some are examples of media personalities and journalists who, arguably, go too far with their editorial treatment of gun owners.

Also, I’m sure I’m forgetting some instances of media bias against gun owners, so if you have anything to add, please share it below in the comment section.

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