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what "media" article re: guns can you most not forget ?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by oldfool, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. oldfool

    oldfool Senior Member

    Jul 18, 2009
    Thomasville, Georgia
    probably a poor choice of topic, too easily derailed re: politics and such
    but will throw it out there and rely on the mods to shut it down as needed
    I think it probably does qualify as "gun related"

    no political rant or other such implied... not for me.. just "frustration factor" of the worst sort, because you know you cannot change attitudes, maybe in some part why I sometimes cannot help but think that 'we' are our own worst enemy... "they "are not nearly as hard to know how to deal with

    many years ago, smallish southern city, more rural in outlook than urban, daily columnist in small local newspaper, not the NYT or WSJ, not Fox or MSNBC (neither of which was even on air at that time anyway)
    nice fellow, good family values, wrote about life on the farm, casual friendly chat of the sort that does not inspire "hot button" passions, just a quick pleasant read, nothing life changing, casual mode, obviously well educated enough to write well

    one day he leaps off the edge, Zumbo fashion, many years before Zumbo did it to himself

    me, never could develop any personal fondness for ARs, AKs, Glocks
    not a disrespectful thing, just "not my thing", prefer my peanut butter smooth not chunky style, but never thought anybody was crazy or unpatriotic for preferring chunky style

    this guy goes right off the edge one day, right off the map, totally "Zumboed"
    (had never so much as even mentioned forearms before)

    launched into the speech about evil EBRs, notably the much dreaded, wildly wicked AR-15, a smallbore semi-automatic rifle, at that time chambered almost exclusively in a real popular varmint round, not even legal in this state for hunting the notably smallish whitetails common to south Georgia (but pert-near-certain death for yotes, undisputed fact)

    said things suggesting he really didn't know the difference between the IRA and the NRA.. you get the drift
    but hastened to note that he himself was a gun owner, had no issues with people who owned firearms, so long as they owned suitable (sensible) hunting firearms like he did.. and, being an honest person, named his own

    whaddya' think... ??
    maybe a nice Italian custom fit or high grade Browning O/U 12 gauge or sweet 16 ??
    (south Georgia be quail country)
    nope.. not even close
    a proper whitetail rifle, for a proper southern gentleman shooter

    Browning 30-06 BAR

    (ain't no Grizz or moose in south Georgia, but if you wanna' shoot 175# bambi w/ 30-06, ok by me, pretty sure it's gun enuff)

    must be 15-20 years ago, but that's the one still sticks in my mind, not politico X or Y or Z stuff

    top that, if you can, without getting into class warfare, politics, or religion
    (weird, the stuff that sticks in your mind, there being no shortage of weirdness readily available)
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2010
  2. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    Oct 23, 2004
    my fav 'media' article was the popular science article on the rem700 etronx
  3. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Senior Member

    May 22, 2003
    In 1976,IIRC, Dan "What's the frequency,Kenneth," Rather did a CBS TV story called "The Guns of Autumn." Without a doubt, this was the worst piece of antigun-antihunting propaganda in the history of television. I have loathed the man and CBS ever since.
  4. oldfool

    oldfool Senior Member

    Jul 18, 2009
    Thomasville, Georgia
    ok, I confess, I had to google that one
    ("just when you thunk it was safe to go back in the water" ???) :what:
  5. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Mentor

    Jul 13, 2008
    Near Camp Perry
    There was a moronic and sensational article about the alleged Times Square bomber's ownership of the deadly pistol-caliber folding carbine with "a mouthful of a name, the Kel Tec sub-rifle two-thousand".

    The writers (I remember it took two) were unsure whether to be most scared of the folding capability, the fact that it could shoot pistol ammo from a rifle, or the evil blackness of it. They were quite sure that a pistol-caliber firearm requiring no pistol permit was a very dangerous thing, not realizing that grandpa's 30-30 (or anything firing a rifle round) has far more destructive potential than a PCC.

    It was so fascinatingly ignorant that I ended up researching and ultimately buying myself a Kel Tec sub-2000 in 9mm that accepts Glock mags. I searched and searched for the article, wanting to thank the authors for their [strike]pathetic attempts at research[/strike] informative article, and to show them a picture of my sub-rifle (get it? like a sub-machine-gun) folded and poorly hidden on my person, with a few evil black 33-round Glock mags loaded up with HP ammo. (maybe I could get some Black Talons, or paint some random cheap steel-case ammo black?)

    Sadly, I have been unable to find the article since, anyone who remembers it or who could find it would be doing me quite a favor, as I'm still willing to write up the "thank-you" note and take some pictures, in an open letter to the rag that published the breathlessly alarmist article.
  6. Old krow

    Old krow Active Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    MS Gulf Coast
    It doesn't count as an "article" and I'll only remember it because it was so funny. The MSNBC Live interview with Representative Carolyn McCarthy from NY and her explanation of what a barrel shroud is.
  7. ol' scratch

    ol' scratch Participating Member

    Apr 16, 2009
    South of Hell....Michigan.
    Don't lump all reporters in with the Anti-gun media

    Not everyone who writes for a newspaper is anti. I used to work for a small daily as a reporter. Not only do I own AR's, I build them. I left the field because the money wasn't there. It is pretty bad when you envy a teacher's salary.

    One of the biggest problems in media today is a loss of objectivity. The owners also hire the lowest common denominator. Many of the people I worked with didn't understand that reporters are supposed to be objective. Most didn't even have degrees in journalism. I was one of only two in a staff of 17, not counting the editors. So many people think journalists should change the world. I have always been of the mindset that journalists should just report the changes in the world and let the public make an informed decision.
  8. Nugilum

    Nugilum Participating Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    Texas Panhandle
  9. Bonesinium

    Bonesinium Member

    Sep 11, 2010
    "I think it's the shoulder thingy that goes up."


    I kept thinking someone was going to jump in and say "Do a barrel roll!"


    But anyways...


    How they talk about these "white people showing up with guns" and say it is because they are racist, while referring to their cropped video of someone with a gun. Cropped to hide that he is black...

    That's the one I remember.
  10. Kim

    Kim Participating Member

    Nov 19, 2003
    When CNN did a very anti-gun piece during the AWB era. The Police from some place in Flordia ( I think it was Miami and the guy used to be boss in NYC) switched to a real machine gun in their demostration. I think CNN finally corrected their misleading story.
  11. the iron horse

    the iron horse Member

    Apr 16, 2007
    Ky Larry posted:

    In 1976,IIRC, Dan "What's the frequency,Kenneth," Rather did a CBS TV story called "The Guns of Autumn." Without a doubt, this was the worst piece of antigun-antihunting propaganda in the history of television. I have loathed the man and CBS ever since.

    I agree.

    When I first read this thread "The Guns of Autumn" was my first thought.
  12. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Mentor

    Feb 23, 2006
    From a TV news show in the 80s, the famed Glock pistol, that was invisible to airport x-rays. Of course they didn't actually run one through an X-ray they just took the word of the airport security folks and some anti-gun group (probably the bradys).
    Then of course it was referred to again in Die Hard 2- Lie harder.

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