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Everytown
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ust when I thought things couldn't get any worse concerning the so-called
"mainstream" media's reporting on firearms, I'm proven wrong yet again.
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, an affiliate of the Columbia
Journalism School, has scheduled a two-day workshop in April to teach media
members how to "correctly" report on guns and violence.
"The workshop ... will offer independent expert briefings and specialized
reporting skills training to enhance the practical ability of journalists to report
on guns and gun violence knowledgeably, ethically and effectively," the Dart
Center website reported. "The workshop will cover such topics as state and federal
gun laws; patterns of gun sales and gun trafficking; national trends and polling;
education and prevention initiatives; social, economic and public health impacts;
and special populations (e.g., children and youth, women and returning veterans)."
However, there is one big catch: The workshop is funded by former New
York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's poorly named Everytown For Gun Safety
organization-a group that has never seen a gun it doesn't hate. And in its zeal to
get as many "journalists" as possible to what will likely be a brainwashing session,
Everytown will even provide two nights' lodging and travel stipends of as much as
$350 for airfare or train fare for 15 "selected participants."
While Everytown bills itself as a gun safety group (having "gun ban" in your
gun-ban organization's name went out of style more than a decade ago), that
couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, to my knowledge the group has never
taught anybody anything about gun safety, and it doesn't have any firearm safety
trainers on staff to teach gun safety. Its sole purpose is to push more restrictive gun
laws on America's law-abiding gun owners.
While the Dart Center says the workshop is designed to help media improve
their reporting, there's little doubt that Everytown's sponsorship will ensure that its
talking points dominate the discussion. The first paragraph of the Dart Center's
announcement of the workshop even used Everytown's repeatedly disproven lie,
"Nearly 100 school shootings have occurred since the massacre at Sandy Hook
Elementary only two years ago."
I'll be filling out an application soon to have one of our valued America's 1st
Freedom contributors admitted to the workshop. Maybe we can even qualify for
the $350 stipend!
If we're successful in that endeavor, look for a full report on the workshop in an
upcoming issue.

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