Former NPR CEO: Liberal Media’s 2nd Amendment Coverage Proves They Don’t Understand Guns, from Awr Hawkins

The mainstream media has a political position to peddle, and has no interest in actually learning anything about guns or the people who own them. From Awr Hawkins at

Former National Public Radio (NPR) CEO Ken Stern suggests the liberal media’s coverage of the Second Amendment proves they do not understand guns.

He said these things after taking a year away from the Democrat circles in which he once ran, and embedding himself with NASCAR fans, Tea Party members, collegiate evangelicals, and gun owners.

Writing in the New York Post, Stern said, “I found an America far different from the one depicted in the press and imagined by presidents (“cling to guns or religion”) and presidential candidates (“basket of deplorables”) alike.” He even undertook a hunting trip near Gonzalez, Texas, which was “[his] first time with a gun.” He joined with hunters who had traveled in from Georgia and others from Houston, Texas, all of whom were there to shoot wild pigs.

After a full day of hunting, Stern observed, “None of my new hunting partners fit the lazy caricature of the angry NRA member. Rather, they saw guns as both a shared sport and as a necessary means to protect their families during uncertain times. In truth, the only one who was even modestly angry was me, and that only had to do with my terrible ineptness as a hunter.”

Stern spent time in Pikeville, Kentucky—another gun-loving part of the country—and in Youngstown, Ohio. Both trips allowed him to see Americans struggling to make ends meet, Americans “who felt that their concerns had long fallen on deaf ears and were looking for every opportunity to protest a government and political and media establishment that had left them behind.”

He stressed that he not only spent time with these Americans but tried to see the world as they did as well. The divide between gun rights versus gun control was a vehicle for doing that, and he quickly noted that the “media is obsessed with the gun-control side and gives only scant, mostly negative, recognition to the gun-rights sides.”

Stern added:

Take for instance the issue of the legitimate defensive gun use (DGUs), which is often dismissed by the media as myth. But DGUs happen all the time—200 times a day, according to the Department of Justice, or 5,000 times a day according to an overly exuberant Florida State University study. But whichever study you choose to believe, DGUs happen frequently and give credence to my hunting friends who see their guns as the last line of defense for themselves and their families.

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