UPDATE - Paper printed letter!


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TexasVet
September 10, 2003, 01:54 PM
Our weekly paper came out today and the Editor printed my letter in it's entirety! This is the version they printed....
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September 5, 2003

To the Editor:
As a former weapons history researcher (and continuing student of firearms history), I was disappointed to see such an elementary error in the headline of the September 4th issue of the Standard. Seeing it repeated in the text of the story raised my ire.
First, a Tec-9 (note: not a Tech-9) pistol is NOT an "automatic weapon", it is a SEMI-automatic pistol, just like the pistols carried by most police and citizens with Texas Concealed Handgun Licenses.
"Fully automatic machine pistols" are extremely expensive and rare due to the stringent requirements of the 1934 National Firearms Act and are never found in possesion of street punks.
The chances of this pistol being "fully automatic" are very slim. The owner MAY have illegally converted it to full automatic, a difficult thing to do properly and usually unsafe at both ends, but then I would have expected our police to have charged him with the Federal felony that this act commands. Since no mention of this violation was included in your story, I must assume that your writer has succumbed to the ill-informed journalists first axiom, "Any gun mentioned in a newspaper story must be either a 'fully automatic machine pistol' or an 'evil assault weapon' "
when, in fact, these types of weapons are virtually never used in crimes in this country.
The Tec-9 may look scary to the non-gun person, but it is in fact an awkward, inaccurate piece of junk, beloved by gang-bangers for it's looks alone.
Those of us in Texas who love and use firearms with care and respect dislike the inflated and scaremongering tactics of using the "automatic" boogeyman to spice up news stories when it is almost always a factual error and usually an indication of anti-gun bias on the part of the writer.
I hope that this exaggeration will not appear in my local paper again. It's bad enough seeing it in the liberal east and west coast media every time you turn around, and with as little justification.
I depend on the Standard to bring me the ACCURATE local news.

Sincerely,
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They even took the time to answer it.....

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(EDITOR'S NOTE: A check with Police Chief Gentry confirmed that the Tec-9 is a semi-automatic weapon. The error in last week's story was the result of a misunderstanding in the description given of the weapon by police to the newspaper. The Standard regrets any inconvenience this error may have caused.)


:D :D

edited 'cause I don't type good when I'm giggling, either!:rolleyes:

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gulogulo1970
September 10, 2003, 02:02 PM
Good job! If we all stay on the media this might keep them honest. There are alot of gun owners, if we use our voice things can change.

OF
September 10, 2003, 02:08 PM
- Gabe

4v50 Gary
September 10, 2003, 03:26 PM
Bravo, especially since yours was a long letter. :cool:

Braz
September 10, 2003, 03:28 PM
:D :D :D

Tex, ya made ma day. Thanks for taking the time to set them stright. All Texans benefit by it, even those of us living on the left coast. ;)

OEF_VET
September 10, 2003, 03:29 PM
TexasVet,

You da man!

Frank

Tierhog
September 10, 2003, 03:32 PM
Score one for the good guys!!

Well said.

RTFM
September 10, 2003, 03:32 PM
Right on!
RTFM

Nekron
September 10, 2003, 03:41 PM
Great work and, thanks TexasVet!

DigMe
September 10, 2003, 05:30 PM
(EDITOR'S NOTE: A check with Police Chief Gentry confirmed that the Tec-9 is a semi-automatic weapon. The error in last week's story was the result of a misunderstanding in the description given of the weapon by police to the newspaper. The Standard regrets any inconvenience this error may have caused.)

Note that they never say "We messed up. It's our fault and we're sorry." They subtly implicate the police dept. in the error noting that the description was "given by the police." Even if they do say it was a misunderstanding it still sounds weasely to me.

brad cook

C.R.Sam
September 10, 2003, 05:34 PM
Outstanding.

Yeah, was a bit of a weasely response but a lot more than we used to.

Long letter, yes. But very well written. Made the difference.

Sam

Chipperman
September 10, 2003, 05:50 PM
Nice Work!

Even if the Paper admits no culpability, the Sheeple got a chance to see it.

That's much more important. I'd rather have it this way than a non-published letter to you admitting their guilt.

CZ 75 BD
September 10, 2003, 05:55 PM
Held their feet to the fire and made them back up, just like Wayne LaPierre did.:cool:

Moparmike
September 10, 2003, 06:32 PM
In the immortal words of Cartman: "Kick azz!"

Ditto the "weasely" sounding response on the part of the paper.

TexasVet
September 11, 2003, 12:54 AM
for the compliments. I noticed the "weasel" answer too. In fact, as I drove thru town today a cop car happened to be behind me for a while and I actually worried that Chief Gentry might be mad at ME for him getting the blame from the paper. Paranoia, I hope.:uhoh:

S_O_Laban
September 11, 2003, 07:08 AM
Maybe you could talk to the local police officer who gave the paper the descrption of the gun and get the other side of the story? What they might say could be very interesting! BTW congrats on getting this published.

PAshooter
September 11, 2003, 08:05 AM
Excellent letter, Tex. Well-worded, polite, and straight to the point. I'm keeping this one on file, and (with your permission) may send a heavily plagiarized version to my local rag - The Baltimore Sun - the next time they print an inflamatory, factually inaccurate gun-related story... I shouldn't have to wait long. Of course I'll have to do some re-wording, as I do expect this kind of anti-gun exaggeration from the flagship of the East Coast Liberal Press.

Probably won't get printed anyway...

NewShooter78
September 11, 2003, 08:17 AM
Good job! Too bad they don't print editorials closer to the front of the paper. :evil:

Guntalk
September 11, 2003, 10:24 AM
Excellent!

Don't worry about printing editorials and letters in the back of the front section. Letters are one of the most-read parts of the paper, and it's about the only area that we can (often) gain direct access to.

Great letter.

DMK
September 11, 2003, 01:05 PM
Those of us in Texas who love and use firearms with care and respect dislike the inflated and scaremongering tactics of using the "automatic" boogeyman to spice up news stories when it is almost always a factual error and usually an indication of anti-gun bias on the part of the writer.
I hope that this exaggeration will not appear in my local paper again. I love this part! That's a very good scolding and they deserve it.

Standing Wolf
September 11, 2003, 09:01 PM
Well done!

Chugach
September 11, 2003, 09:13 PM
Good work, TexasVet! Very well written...

TexasVet
September 12, 2003, 02:17 AM
Guys, I got phone calls from people who don't know me and had to look up my number in the book thanking me for the letter today!!
Our paper is a little weekly, runs around 16-18 pages, and everybody reads everything in it every week.

Mr. Gresham, that "great letter" meant a lot coming from you.:D

BTW, when I mentioned in the letter that I am a former weapons researcher, I meant it. If you have 'Small Arms of the World, 12th edition" by Dr. Ed Ezell, that is my name under his on the title page. Ed was a very good friend of mine and I miss him.

Orthonym
September 12, 2003, 04:20 AM
I especially like the last sentence. Kind of a "carrot" simultaneous with a "Shame on you!"

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