Accuracy in Media

On Tuesday, during a discussion of what steps Congress is considering in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Connecticut last week, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts asked Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) if Americans “need to just be complacent in the fact that we can send our children to school to be assassinated?”

Thomas RobertsRoberts was responding to Kingston’s reminder that despite some of the strictest gun control laws in the world, Germany and Norway still had incidences of mass shootings, while the Czech Republic has relatively lax gun control laws and has not experienced this type of shooting.

Kingston also decried Roberts’ attempt to politicize the mass shooting in Connecticut by asking him if he could put his politics aside when it came to any legislation that may be introduced, considering his “A” rating from the NRA.

Roberts, like the rest of the mainstream media, have jumped all over the tragedy in Connecticut and tried to use it as an example of why we need tougher gun laws. But as Kingston pointed out, Connecticut has the fifth toughest gun control laws in the U.S. and the guns used in the shooting were stolen.

Gun control laws have proven largely ineffective at preventing violent crime, but that isn’t stopping Roberts and the rest of the mainstream media from reacting to what happened in Connecticut in typical knee-jerk fashion.

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