America's First Freedom - September 2021 - 16

OPENING SALVO
Things the Media Won't
Tell You About Guns
By Frank Miniter, Editor in Chief
T
he mainstream media considers most facts about guns to be
inconvenient to their narratives, so they simply don't cite or
explore them. Th is political self-censoring prevents them from
helping to fi nd or expose what actually could make America
even safer. Th e truth-that Second Amendment freedom works-is just too
unpalatable to them.
About a decade ago, for example, an opinion editor with Th e New York
Times actually asked me to write something. I was writing a column for
Forbes at the time, and he found what I was reporting interesting. But then
his boss must have told him they don't even talk to people who're unconstrained
by the woke restraints on free inquiry. He sent me one last cryptic
message: " I was told not to talk to you. " I thought that was rather honest of
him-yes, he is no longer at the Times.
Th ere are a few exceptions to the mainstream media's censorship on
guns. One is when a judge writes a detailed, fact-based Second Amendment
opinion in a case they can't ignore. Th is puts the mainstream media
in a quandary: Th ey have to report
on it, but how can they avoid
the facts?
Such is the uncomfortable position
Judge Roger Benitez, in the
U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of California, once again
put the mainstream media in.
Benitez's recent ruling in
Miller v. Bonta, a case that overturned
a California ban on popular
semi-automatic rifl es, was
a pro-freedom ruling the mainstream
media couldn't completely
ignore. As this was being written,
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Ninth Circuit had stayed the decision
pending decisions in other
fi rearm-related cases.
Regardless, this is such an honest
ruling that we thought we'd
cut away the mainstream-media's
spin and give you a good taste
of what Judge Benitez wrote in
Miller v. Bonta.
The Supreme Court
clearly holds that the
Second Amendment
protects guns commonly
owned by law-abiding
citizens for
lawful purposes.
Federal Bureau of Investigation murder statistics do
not track assault rifl es, but they do show that killing
by knife attack is far more common than murder by
any kind of rifl e. In California, murder by knife occurs
seven times more often than murder by rifl e. For example,
according to F.B.I. statistics for 2019, California
saw 252 people murdered with a knife, while 34
people were killed with some type of rifl e, not necessarily
an AR-15. A Californian is three times
more likely to be murdered by an attacker's
bare hands, fi sts, or feet, than by his rifl e.
16 SEPTEMBER 2021 I AMERICA'S 1ST
FREEDOM
Photo: Sipa USA via AP
Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular
AR-15 rifl e is a perfect combination of home
defense weapon and homeland defense
equipment. Good for both home and battle,
the AR-15 is the kind of versatile gun that
lies at the intersection of the kinds of fi rearms
protected under District of Columbiav.
Heller (2008) ... . Yet, the State of California
makes it a crime to have an AR- 15 type rifl e.
Therefore, this Court declares the California
statutes to be unconstitutional.
For female gun buyers in
2018, after a handgun, a
modern rifl e was the next
most popular choice.

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