America's First Freedom - June 2014 - 10

S T A N D I N G

G U A R D

by Wayne L aPierre,
Executive Vice President

Protecting Free Speech
Against Global Gatekeepers

I

recently visited a colleague who is a remarkable detective when it comes to conducting
Internet research. He likens his work to peeling an onion. In the Internet universe, he
says, the layers and interconnection of information and data are seamless, appearing to be
without end.
But as we discovered, there can be an end.
My friend's state-of-the-art, fiber-optic, land-line service abruptly went down for
several hours. No high-speed dsl, not even long distance voice service. Nothing.
In the midst of that vacuum, I realized just how essential this truly instant
communication has been to the preservation of the Second Amendment in our
modern times.
You almost have to be of a certain age to understand how hard it was to disseminate
the truth before the Internet. After the formation of the nra Institute for Legislative
Action in 1975, we did it, and we did it well. We communicated through direct mail,
through phone trees, newsletters, through people-to-people contact and through
mass meetings.
What the gun-ban crowd had and still has is the megaphone of the big media.
With the advent of the Internet, all of that changed for us.
But will that change, be altered or taken from us?
There we were at my
friend's sophisticated computer
operation experiencing digital dead
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Digital silence. That's something
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global users in other nations-like
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Russia, China and a long list of lesser
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For Americans, with the advent of
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speech is not just open dissemination
of ideas and information. It includes
limitless instant access to those ideas and
the ability to choose and search from
among virtually unlimited sources. It is
also the backbone of free enterprise and
a vibrant global economy.
With the Internet-as created
by Americans and managed by

Americans-that freedom of speech
and freedom of access has grown
exponentially and, above all, has been
preserved to a remarkable degree.
The Internet, as the most open
free-speech institution in history, has
become a major factor in gun owners'
ability to achieve success in preserving
and protecting the Second Amendment.
Compare Internet freedom to
the parallel universe of the national
media, especially traditional, legacy
network television.
The Media Research Center (mrc)
tirelessly documents media bias on
a broad range of topics, but has been
especially keen on ferreting out dishonest
coverage of Second Amendment issues.
Headlines from the mrc website
(www.mrc.org) tell the story:
* "abc, cbs, nbc Slant 8 to 1 for
Obama's Gun Control Crusade"
* "Doubling Down on Anti-Gun News"
* "Media Coverage of 'Fast and Furious'
Scandal Rare and Spurious"
As the impressive mrc media-bias
evidence demonstrates, the common
weapon against the Second Amendment
has been the news blackout.
Were it up to the thought managers
in traditional media, their rules of
engagement-absolute control-would
long ago have been applied to the Internet.
Thomas Friedman of The New
York Times told Meet the Press that the
Internet was "an open sewer of untreated,
unfiltered information."
Former nbc News anchor Tom Brokaw,
appearing with Friedman, said "... there
is so much disinformation out there that
it's frightening. ... We just can't function
that way."
So just how would Brokaw have the
Internet function?
He laid it out in 1996:
"... the Internet works best when there
are gatekeepers. When there are people
making determinations and judgments
about what information is relevant and
factual and useful."
And in Tom Brokaw's and Thomas
Friedman's world, the gate is always closed
to the Second Amendment, but always
open to the gun banners.
Gatekeepers.

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