Can you find the bias?


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Monkeyleg
September 15, 2004, 06:53 PM
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a few days ago ran what is, for them, a balanced article on the AW ban. But they can't resist injecting their bias, no matter what the story. Here are the first few paragraphs. See if you can find the bias.

"The semiautomatic assault rifles banned 10 years ago have never left the shelves of The Shooters Shop in West Allis or many other gun stores nationwide.

Through loopholes in a law that is set to expire at midnight today, military-style rifles made before 1994 have remained for sale - along with similar guns made after '94 that fire identically but have minor differences.

Ammunition magazines "banned" by the law have remained readily available, though for a higher price than before the legislation.

With the ban's end apparently in sight, both sides of the gun issue are heatedly debating the impact of the decade-old legislation.

Supporters concede that the ban wasn't airtight, but argue that it made it tougher for criminals to get the weapons and cite data that they say shows the ban cut crimes involving the targeted guns."

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Andrew Rothman
September 15, 2004, 07:20 PM
"The semiautomatic assault rifles banned 10 years ago have never left the shelves of The Shooters Shop in West Allis or many other gun stores nationwide.

They aren't assault rifles.

Through loopholes in a law that is set to expire at midnight today...

Loopholes? Don't you mean the letter of the law?

, military-style rifles made before 1994 have remained for sale - along with similar guns made after '94 that fire identically but have minor differences.

Ammunition magazines "banned" by the law have remained readily available, though for a higher price than before the legislation.

With the ban's end apparently in sight, both sides of the gun issue are heatedly debating the impact of the decade-old legislation.

Supporters concede that the ban wasn't airtight, but argue that it made it tougher for criminals to get the weapons and cite data that they say shows the ban cut crimes involving the targeted guns."

Yeah. The AP uses the term "loophole" a lot. It's a perjorative term that connotes subversion of the intent of the law.

ZeroX
September 15, 2004, 07:20 PM
Is it at the end there?

Somewhat related story:

One of the local news stations (channel 8 in Indy, can't remember the letter designation) ran a story where they talked to the owner of a local gun shop (Pop Guns). He had two ARs in front of them, one post-ban and one pre-ban, to show how little they differed. They got other comments from patrons of the shop and I was thinking "Wow, this is actually pretty good.". Of course, they get back to the newsroom and one of the anchors comments on how the AWB banned "AK-47s, Tec-9s and Uzis". I just threw up my hands in disgust.

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