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Why do I read Gannet newspapers?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Officers'Wife, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Officers'Wife

    Officers'Wife Well-Known Member

    This afternoon I got my copy of the Lafayette Journal and Courier. There on the front page in headline type was the question- "Why did he leave the gun loaded?"

    The subject of the story had pointed a handgun at his friend -allegedly as a prank- and pulled the trigger shooting his friend in the throat and killing him.

    The guy had been drinking (four beers and three shots)
    He believed he had cleared the weapon.
    He pointed it at something he claimed he didn't wish to destroy.
    He had his finger on the trigger...

    Gannet paper's worry? Why did he leave it loaded? At least they changed the headline on the online version of the story.

  2. 9mm+

    9mm+ Well-Known Member

    Yet, it will still be the gun's fault. Not the drinking, not the violation of firearms rules, not the pure idiocy, but the gun. It's always the gun's fault. (sigh)
  3. moewadle

    moewadle Well-Known Member

    9mm= I don't see how the article

    was blaming the gun. I interpet that completely differently. Why DID he have the gun loaded if he was going to point it at a friend?
  4. 9mm+

    9mm+ Well-Known Member

    It wasn't. I was being facetious regarding how often articles make the gun take the fall. This article didn't take that angle (refreshing). Sorry for sounding cynical.

    I am surprised that this thread is still active. News posts + shootings usually equal lockdown.
  5. LibShooter

    LibShooter Well-Known Member

    I just read the article. It's not the most artfully written piece of prose I've ever read, but it is certainly not biased. The "Why did he leave it loaded?" line was a quote from the shooter via a responding officer.

    It seems like a tragic story caused by some idiots acting like idiots. That's pretty much what the story says.
  6. Officers'Wife

    Officers'Wife Well-Known Member

    I took offense to the headline on the printed, the bias is subtle and absent in the online version.
  7. searcher451

    searcher451 Well-Known Member

    LibShooter has it right here. The offending headline is not the newspaper's take on the story: It came from the folks involved in the situation.

    All newspapers are not alike, whether owned by Gannett or not. The company does not issue edicts from its headquarters in Virginia saying that each newspaper editor should write bad or misleading headlines each day, especially about gun stories. Sometimes they get it right, and sometimes they don't -- just like everybody else. In this case, they got it mostly right, IMO.
  8. The Wiry Irishman

    The Wiry Irishman Well-Known Member

    One of their reporters talked to me for an earlier article about this. It was a good article, fairly unbiased, about what went wrong and how it could be prevented, etc. They got my name wrong, after several back-and-forth email correspondence between the reporter and I, who has interviewed me previously for other gun articles.

    Found the link: http://www.jconline.com/article/20090825/NEWS0501/908250330


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