Accuracy in Media

They’re winning. Just ask them.

The people trying to convince us to give up our guns because a kid in Florida who everyone knew was disturbed murdered 17 people in an entirely preventable tragedy are starting to believe they have the upper hand.

Brian Stelter of CNN admitted on S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, a show on HLN, that he didn’t challenge David Hogg, the pro-gun-control advocate who said he was a student at Parkland High when the mass murder occurred.

“There were a few times I wanted to jump in and say, ‘Let’s correct that fact.’ And at one of the times I did and other times I did not. There’s always that balance, how many times you’re going to interrupt,” Stelter said.

Stelter said he corrected Hogg when Hogg said Dana Loesch was the CEO of the National Rifle Association. He informed Hogg she is its national spokesperson.

He did not challenge Hogg when he said Loesch was the “national propagandist for the NRA” and that “she wants them to think she is on their side, but she’s not. She’s actually working with the gun manufacturers,” or when he said it was improper to question the police actions in this matter or when he contended, “She owns these congressmen. She can get them to do things. It’s just she doesn’t care about these children’s lives.”

Then, in a rare moment of candor, Stelter said it was important to give Hogg and other activists a wide berth and not challenge them.

“I think we have to recognize where David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez are coming from,” he said. “There has been an increase in the lethality of mass shootings in recent years in this country. And so I can see where these students are coming from saying, ‘This is getting worse.’”

This, even though Stelter knows there are fewer school shootings now than during the 1990s.

CNN also presented an analysis on how to turn the march into a movement for mass gun control. It slipped easily into the language of the left.

“Acknowledging the difference [between a march and a movement], and pushing for sustained direct action, is only a start,” CNN wrote. “Envisioning a finish more difficult, especially when it comes to such a politically intractable issue. The question now for the movement: What does winning really look like?”

The young activists seem to understand public opinion is “not a driver for legislative change.” 

“They grew up in a cycle where mass shootings – typically of white people by white people, in affluent areas – temporarily jacked up interest, setting off doomed efforts to tighten gun laws, followed by abrupt returns to the status quo ante.”

CNN wrote that “poll numbers have almost always been on the activists’ side” in terms of support for gun control legislation. “But those surveys measure sentiment, and sentiment, as we’ve seen over the years, cannot adequately fuel and sustain the kind of disciplined, strategic grassroots work required to alter specific policies and change underlying – and deep-seated – political dynamics.”

Successful movements “name enemies and, as importantly, demand more of would-be allies in office,” as Democrats did recently, it said, on pressuring even senators in relatively red states to try to save Obamacare.

“If this weekend marked a breakthrough, perhaps the best symbol was the increased militancy – in their speeches, on their signs, etc. – of the demonstrators,” CNN wrote.

The NRA is having to respond, it said, pointing to a blog post on the NRA website entitled, “The Stigmatization of Gun Owners.” “The idea is to shift public opinion to such a point that something once socially acceptable – owning a gun – is now socially unacceptable,” it quoted the blog post as stating.

“Well, yeah,” responded the CNN writer.




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