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ila story
that ratio result in the clear loser
proclaiming victory and the media
reporting it as true.
Moreover, the anti-gun legislation
that did pass affected only peripheral
issues, whether incremental expansions upon existing prohibited person
categories, erosions of due process
rights for persons accused of misbehavior or funding for gun control
activity already authorized by law.
None of those developments
is welcome news for anyone who
respects the U.S. Constitution or rule
of law, and they were all opposed by
your NRA. But they demonstrate how
eager the opposition is to capitalize
on any development they can portray
as a turning point.
Meanwhile, the pro-gun victo-

A precedent-setting law passed this
year in Florida that would revamp
the legal procedure in stand-yourground cases to ensure the prosecution carries the burden of proof
through all phases of the proceedings. Unsurprisingly, the law is generating controversy with those who
don't believe in self-defense, but its
enactment demonstrates a commitment to freedom that goes beyond
the status quo.
The logic of the Post's own story,
such as it is, also requires acknowledgement that precious little has
happened to advance the gun control
agenda, even where anti-gun forces
have a relatively free hand. In New
Mexico, for example, national antigun groups poured hundreds of

Media and gun control
advocacy have effectively
merged.
ries were substantive and, in some
cases, game-changing. Last month I
mentioned the omnibus bill signed
into law in Iowa, legislation that
catapulted the Hawkeye State into
the upper ranks of pro-gun jurisdictions. Indeed, it might have been the
most important pro-gun bill in Iowa's
history, apart from 2010's shall-issue
concealed carry law.
Leading-edge developments also
made their way into law in numerous
states. Permitless concealed carry
was enacted in New Hampshire and
North Dakota. Campus carry forged
ahead in Arkansas and Georgia.
Gun owners received additional
protection for the storage of firearms in personal vehicles in Arizona,
Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee and
Texas. And self-defense laws were
materially strengthened in Florida,
Iowa and Oklahoma.
Florida has been a leader in
popularizing "stand-your-ground"
laws that allow victims to determine
for themselves whether retreat or
defensive force is the safer option
in the face of unlawful aggression.

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thousands of dollars into a failed bid
to push universal background checks
through a legislature newly controlled
by Democrats.
The Post story, standing alone,
has little value or important data,
but it's worth talking about for
what it reveals about the modern
gun control movement. It might
be that at this point in history that
the mainstream press simply isn't
sophisticated or self-aware enough
to understand, much less critically
evaluate, the nuances of the gun
control debate. But even if they
were, it's clear that the mass media
have so attached themselves to
the gun control cause that they're
distinguishable from groups like
ARS/ LCPGV only because they have
a broader portfolio of social issues
to promote, not in their viewpoints
or desire to see America disarmed.
Media and gun control advocacy
have effectively merged.
That's not exactly a new development, but the transparency and
shamelessness of the alliance is
notable even to those of us who
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have been observing the process for
a long time. This collaboration allows
gun control advocates to use the
reach and "prestige" of the press to
push as "the truth" their "science,"
their "studies," their "facts" and
their narratives.
The premise that a lie told often
and insistently enough eventually
will be accepted as truth is an idea
attributed to tyrants throughout
world history. And so the media
tells the American public again and
again-despite obvious evidence to
the contrary-that firearms aren't
necessary for self-defense, that
Americans don't want guns but do
want more gun control and that
firearms not fielded by any army are
"military-style assault weapons."
And now they're insisting-egged
on by gun control groups with a
financial interest in delivering results
to patrons like Michael Bloomberg
and George Soros-that the tide
is turning against the right to keep
and bear arms in America, and that
the glorious victory they have long
sought is inevitable.
But it would be a mistake simply
to dismiss all their claims and aspirations as fantasies. It is certainly true
that firearm prohibitionists are as
emboldened, determined and wellfunded as ever. It is also true that
they have insinuated themselves not
just into the mass media apparatus,
but into nearly every opinion influencing sector of American society,
from education, to entertainment, to
law, even to sports and medicine.
Over time, the combined efforts
of these entities have eroded other
bedrock and once uncontroversial
American values. It would be foolish
for us to think the values embodied in the Second Amendment are
immune from the same process.
But even if some newspaper writers want you to believe that their
version of history is already carved
in stone, they don't get to write the
next installment in the unfolding story
of America's devotion to its Second
Amendment-protected freedoms.
That remains the job of the American
people. Rest assured, your NRA is
here to ensure that the good guys,
as they always have in the American
saga, will find a way to win.



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