- NRA-ILA FAX ALERT
- Vol. 7, No. 1 1/7/00
- YET MORE CONFIRMATION OF ANTI-GUN MEDIA BIAS
- This week, the Media Research Center (MRC) confirmed
what the pro-gun community already knew -- when it comes to firearm-related
stories, the news coverage on ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC is decidedly anti-gun.
The MRC study, which examined stories from July 1, 1997, to June 30, 1999,
covered 653 morning and evening news stories, and found that:
- ** Stories promoting gun control outnumbered those opposing
gun control 357 to 36, with another 260 stories giving neutral coverage.
The stories advocating gun control outpaced those opposing by a ratio of
nearly 10 to 1!
- ** On the evening news, nearly 60% (184) of the stories
favored one side. Of those stories taking a side, 89% (164) promoted the
anti-gun position, while only 11% (20) supported pro-gun views, a ratio
of 8 to 1. The worst in this category were ABC's World News Tonight (43
anti to 3 pro), and CNN's The World Today (50 to 7).
- ** The morning news coverage was even worse in its bias.
Of the 208 morning segments that exhibited bias, 93% (193) promoted an
anti-gun message, while six percent (15) presented a pro-gun view, a ratio
of 13 to 1. ABC's Good Morning America ran 92 anti-gun segments, and only
one pro-gun story.
- ** Anti-gun sound bites were used twice as often as pro-gun
sound bites -- 412 to 209.
- ** Morning programs with interview segments had more
than twice as many anti-gun guests as pro-gun -- 82 to 37.
- ** Pro-gun themes, like the decline in federal gun prosecutions
under the Clinton-Gore Administration, or the success of the "Project
Exile" prosecution model, received scant coverage, in the single digits,
from the 653 stories reviewed.
- This is the second analysis of this subject conducted
by the MRC. In 1994, MRC released a study that examined evening news programs
on ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC, that time focusing on the period of December
1, 1991, to November 30, 1993. MRC researchers found that of 107 stories
examined, 62% devoted substantially more time to anti-gun arguments than
pro-gun, that news commentators who endorsed gun control outnumbered those
opposed by nearly 2 to 1, and the anti-gun bias was even more distinct
when the story concerned the Brady bill, expanding to 3 to 1 against the
pro-gun view. If you would like to see a full copy of the MRC report, you
will find links to it through the NRA-ILA's website, at http://www.nraila.org.
You can also receive a reprint of Guns, Bias and the Evening News, an article
that closely examines MRC's 1994 study, by calling the Grassroots Division
at (800) 392-8683.
- NEW GROUP ENTERS NEGOTIATIONS
- A group that claims to represent the interests of firearm
retailers was recently formed, and immediately began negotiating with the
Clinton-Gore Administration in what seems to be an attempt to appease its
anti-gun appetite. The group, the National Coalition of Firearm Retailers,
is headed by Robert Ricker, who previously worked for the American Shooting
Sports Council (ASSC). The ASSC, which represented a small segment of the
firearms industry, was dissolved last year. The industry, of course, is
represented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), headed by
Robert Delfay. The Wall Street Journal reported that Delfay stated NSSF
was representing the interests of retailers, and many within the pro-gun
community question the advisability of Ricker's representation given his
proven willingness to grandstand for the media and promote compromise with
anti-gunners such as those in the Clinton-Gore White House.
- A LOOK AT THE STATES
- Next week, two significant anti-gun bills will be heard
in committee in the Assembly. The first, AB 1010, to be heard on Monday,
January 10, by the Governmental Organization Cmte., seeks to prohibit any
organization, such as a gun club or local Friends of NRA chapter, from
raffling off firearms or firearm-related accessories at any group-oriented
gathering. The second, AB 1607, to be heard on Tuesday, January 11, by
the Public Safety Cmte., seeks to establish a licensing, registration,
and registration renewal scheme for all handgun owners and even require
so-called proficiency tests! Be sure to contact your Assemblyman as well
as members of these committees and urge them to oppose these proposals.
For a list of committee members and phone numbers, contact the NRA-ILA
Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683.
- NRA-ILA will be hosting three free Grassroots-Legislative
Workshops in January to help prepare our members for the legislative battles
that lay ahead. The workshops are scheduled for January 8 (tomorrow) in
Denver, January 12 in Colorado Springs, and January 15 in Grand Junction.
For meeting locations, additional details, and to reserve your spot, please
call the Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683.
- Despite intense pressure from Governor Ryan (R) and anti-gun
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley (D), the Illinois Senate, under the leadership
of James "Pate" Phillip (R), refused to pass the "Safe Neighborhood
Act" with its provision making improper transport of a firearm a felony.
Although the Governor had called the Senate back for a third special session
convinced he had the votes for passage, several pro-gun legislators refused
to succumb to his pressure. Our thanks go out to all gun owners across
Illinois who made calls to their lawmakers ensuring the swift defeat of
- On Wednesday, January 12, the Senate Corrections, Criminal
and Civil Procedures Committee will hold a hearing on SB 45, the Lawsuit
Preemption bill. SB 45 would prevent municipalities from engaging in reckless
lawsuits against legal gun manufacturers. Please make plans to attend Wednesday's
hearing at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the State Capitol.
- NEW YORK
- Gun owners are bitterly disappointed that Governor Pataki
(R) vetoed NRA-backed legislation authorizing schools to implement firearm
safety programs. Had A 2045/S 4057 been signed into law, it would have
encouraged schools to teach firearm safety courses such as NRA's award
winning Eddie Eagle GunSafe© Program with its important gun avoidance
message for children: "Stop. Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an
adult." Our thanks go out to members of the Senate and the Assembly
who voted in favor of this critical legislation as well as to NRA, NYSRPA,
SAFE and SCOPE members who worked hard to get the bill to the Governor's
desk. It's a shame that politics could not be put aside in order to begin
implementing programs like Eddie Eagle that have been proven to prevent
accidents with guns.
- On Tuesday, January 11, the House Criminal Justice Committee
will hear testimony on HB 526, the "Taft Burglar Protection Bill."
Among other things, HB 526 would require that all firearms be locked away,
including guns intended for self-defense purposes! Please attend this hearing,
which will be held at 1:30 p.m., in room 114 of the State Capitol Building
on Tuesday. Posted: 2000-01-07
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