Accuracy in Media

Any time there is a gun tragedy, such as the attack in Las Vegas that left 59 dead and more than 500 wounded, a familiar script unfurls.

Mainstream media and left-leaning politicians call for gun control; people on the right say it is too soon to talk about such issues, and the left says, “If not now, when?” 

The answer to that question is “Some time, but not now.”

But to many in Washington and the mainstream media, the problem is not the timing; it’s the National Rifle Association. Three veteran think-tankers and pundits – E.J. Dionne, Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann – attempted to make that case in the Washington Post.

They chided the “politicians who carry water for the gun lobby” for declaring it premature to discuss gun control. And this, the trio wrote, “is damning evidence of the stranglehold that far-right lobbies have on today’s Republicans, who extol law and order except when maintaining it requires confronting the National Rifle Association.”

Confronting the NRA won’t happen, they wrote, because “something else is at work here … the United States is a non-majoritarian democracy.”

“Claims that our republic is democratic are undermined by a system that vastly overrepresents the interests of rural areas and small states,” they write. “This leaves the large share of Americans in metropolitan areas with limited influence over national policy. Nowhere is the imbalance more dramatic or destructive than on the issue of gun control.”

This is the very same argument Hillary Clinton made about the Electoral College. She ran up big margins in big coastal states but lost because she won almost nothing in between.

The column points to 2013, when, in the weeks after the Sandy Hook slaughter, the Senate voted 54-46 in favor of a background checks amendment offered by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa. The 54 yes votes represented states that combined to account for 63 percent of the population. So, according to the column, the will of the 63 percent was thus foiled by the 37 thanks to Senate rules.

If all 50 senators from the 25 smallest states joined with the vice president to pass a bill, that bill would represent a victory of 16 percent of Americans over the other 84.

What they don’t note is that 37 states now are led by Republican governors. Both houses of Congress and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are controlled by Republicans. The GOP also controls 68 of the nation’s 99 state legislative bodies and has total control – governor and both houses of the legislature – in 32 states, compared to five for Democrats. During the Obama years, more than 1,000 state and federal legislative seats switched from Democrats to Republicans.

So maybe the majority is speaking on the matter of gun control and other legislation. Maybe the mainstream media just isn’t listening.





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Comments

  • TED

    The wingnut Republicans, particularly in the U.S.House, have made a laughingstock out of the Congress overall … and partisan hacks like Ryan and McConnell have made it more so. The Republicans in the House and Senate have been totally “Do Nothing” for the past eight years. First, obstructionist, second, ignorant (see the GOP and the ACA).

    The Republicans in Washington have been total failures at providing governance … and the public opinion polls bear that out.

  • Lee

    Really, what did the Democrats give us in the 8 years. Obamacare! Also obstructing and blocking bills by Harry Reid aas the Senate Majority Leader. They were especially bright when the Democratic leader of the House stated that we have to pass the bill to find out what is in it! They gave all to the party and nothing to the American people!

  • PoliticalBrew

    We are a Constitutional Republic not a Democracy. There is a reason we have an electoral college and not a popular vote. The 17th amendment made States rights suffer enough without relinquishing our Republic entirely.

    Gun Control can be addressed with an Amendment – 2/3rds votes of US House and Senate plus 3/4ths of State legislatures

  • John Cunningham

    No difference between the Left Wing Congress, Media, and Hollywood. That in itself should be investigated and where needed prosecuted. The Media is supposed to be non partisan but, been moving left ever since Barack Obama became President. They were before but not slobbering all over themselves drunk with Obama praise. To me that should be investigated.

  • mioahu

    Well, LYING TED, if the democraps are so great, how come that :

    37 states now are led by Republican governors. Both houses of Congress and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are controlled by Republicans. The GOP also controls 68 of the nation’s 99 state legislative bodies and has total control – governor and both houses of the legislature – in 32 states, compared to five for Democrats. During the Obama years, more than 1,000 state and federal legislative seats switched from Democrats to Republicans.

    You and your stupid leftism lost , and lost big. And most of all, you lost to TRUMP !!!! AHAHAHHAHA, that must hurt, still hurting eh TED, that’s why all the leftists go ape crap…

    I would rather have do nothing republicans than traitor leftists democraps, advancing a socialist anti american agenda !

  • Oh, how can you talk to poor Ted that way! The poor lib doesn’t know good government any more than a hog knows from Sunday.

  • kansas
  • Paul Anderson Ed.D.

    Thank the Lord for our Constitution: which has been under atack, by Social Democrats. An end to the Constitution, could easily lead to Social Tyranny.

  • samo war
  • NERDWORLD PROBLEMS

    If these people would purge their voter rolls of all the zombies, illegals and multiple time voters they would soon discover they aren’t anywhere near a majority, Clinton didn’t come anywhere close to winning the popular vote and their efforts to subvert the legal voting in this country by changing the way the Electoral college works would likely be to their own detriment.

  • thesafesurfer

    There were three-quarters of a million abortions in the nation last year and Planned Parenthood spent nearly $40 million on lobbying.
    There were approximately 100,000 gun deaths last year and the NRA spent less than $4 million on lobbying.

    WHO REALLY OWNS CONGRESS???!!!