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War Trophies

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our recent "I Have This Old
Gun" about the M30 Luftwaffe
Drilling (July 2017, p. 96)
brought to mind the story of the
only war prize my father brought
back to the United States from his
service in World War II. It was a drilling, though without the added detail
of stamped Luftwaffe eagle insignias
and the custom-fitted storage case.
My father was the forward
observer for a battery of artillery
(M115 203 mm howitzer), and though he was only a first lieutenant, that made
him his unit's senior officer in the forward position at the time. His battery
entered a German town, and, as a first step, he directed his men to search for
and confiscate any firearms they could find. It seemed that there were some
hard feelings between the common citizens in the town and the aristocrat that
lived above it in a mountain estate, because the townspeople immediately ratted him out as having many guns in his possession.
My father went up there himself with some of his soldiers and discovered
that the firearms were an impressive collection of beautifully engraved hunting
pieces. He and his men took possession of the contraband, and later divided it
among themselves-my old man selected the drilling.
ROCKY SEMMES, VIRGINIA

Guns 101

media

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any thanks to David Petzal
for his excellent article
"Media Mysteries Explained"
(p. 60) in July's American Rifleman.
About 20 or more years ago, I was a
part-time pilot for the photo department of a large newspaper in the
Midwest, and was friends with most
of the editors and news staff.
One headline that had to be
retracted boldly stated that a pawnshop owner "Shot and killed a would-be robber with a 357 mm handgun." This
resulted in a hapless copy editor taking a well-deserved trip to the editorial
woodshed, and I was asked to come in and give the news staff an afternoon
class on "Guns 101."
Many of the staff had never even held a gun, did not know the difference
between a pistol and a rifle, and thought all semi-automatics were machine
guns. The afternoon was very successful, guns were passed around and everyone benefited from the session. Reporters are journalists, not gun owners; most
know less about guns than we know about journalism. Contact your local paper
and offer to educate them.
STEVE SANDERSON, ILLINOIS

Why can't the media get it right when it comes to guns? Here are four reasons.
BY DAVID E. PETZAL

ccording to a poll by the Media Insight Project, only 6 percent of Americans have faith in the news media. Among readers of American Rifleman, that figure is likely even lower. We've learned that, in all probability, anything we read or hear
about guns will be either biased or factually wrong, or both. How come?

Reason One: Lack of accountability. When I broke into the
magazine business in 1964, I had some basic rules drummed
into my crew-cut head. If you edited a piece, you were
responsible for everything in it: spelling, punctuation,
facts, everything-especially facts.
If you were wrong, God help you. The least you would
get was a serious public tongue-lashing. As a result
of this process I can tell you to this day that it's the
Smithsonian Institution, not Institute, and that "prairie"
is not spelled "prarie." A cousin of mine, who worked at

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one of the big New York City daily newspapers, had exactly
the same experience.
This seems to have gone by the wayside. A small example:
On Jan. 5, in The New York Times, there was an article on
"ballistics vests." What's wrong with this? It's "ballistic vests."
"Ballistics" is the science of projectile behavior and is a noun,
while "ballistic" means relating to ballistics, and is an adjective. No one at The Times appears to know the difference. If I
had made that mistake, or my cousin had, we would have been
screamed at for 10 minutes with no regard for our "safe space."
July 2017

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