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Media Inaccuracies

New York Times Fails in Reading Comprehension


Recently, the New York Times published an article, “FBI Confirms a Sharp Rise in Mass Shootings Since 2000.” If this were actually the case, it may have been newsworthy. Unfortunately for Times readers, even the headline was wrong.



Being a Gun Control Advocate Means Never Having to Say You’re Wrong


Although the ban is no longer in place, the media, politicians and anti-gun activists continue to promulgate the term “assault weapon” for what the industry calls the “modern sporting rifle” (MSR.) MSRs are one of the most popular firearms in America, with more than 8.5 million now owned by our citizens.



Colorado Experience Invalidates Big Private Transfer ‘Loophole’ Myth


We have long known that the argument of gun control activists that 40 percent of gun sales in this country occur without a background check was bogus. Even the Washington Post zinged President Obama in 2013 for his frequent use of that ersatz stat, awarding three of four possible Pinocchio’s in a rating category that […]



The Growing Diversity of Gun Ownership


Last October, Pennsylvania resident Shaneen Allen was arrested in New Jersey after being pulled over for a minor traffic violation. When the police approached her vehicle, the single mother voluntarily disclosed that she had a gun in her vehicle and had been issued a concealed carry permit in her home state. Since Allen was in […]



NSSF Tries to Respond to New York Times’ Leaden Thinking


A week has passed without word from nary an editor or editorial assistant that the New York Times would deign to publish the within–the-prescribed-word limit letter to the editor we had submitted in response to an editorial that surprised even us for its mistaken assumptions and ridiculous headline. Nonetheless, we feel it is important that […]



For Gun Control Advocates, Exaggeration is Standard Practice


Recently, we wrote a letter to the editor of USA Today to correct inaccuracies in an article about a new Everytown for Gun Safety “study”.  In that study, the team at the Bloomberg-funded Everytown was following in the footsteps of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in willfully misconstruing key facts. At a June […]



How the Firearms Industry Leads the Way on Gun Safety And What the Anti-Gun Activists Won’t Acknowledge


Recently, an acquaintance encountered a church member in the Washington, D.C. area handing out material advocating the need to end “straw purchases” of firearms – the term that describes when someone who is not prohibited buys a firearm on behalf of someone who is.  He struck up a conversation with the person, who went on […]



MarketWatch Puts a Cliched Template on the Gun Industry … and Comes Up Short on Important Facts


When a pre-set story narrative meets formulaic writing, you get the worst of both worlds.  The latest example is evident in “10 things the gun industry won’t tell you,” recently served up by MarketWatch, formerly a property of CBS, but now part of News Corp through its acquisition of the Wall Street Journal, but absent the […]



FBI Preliminary 2013 Numbers Show Violent Crime Continues to Drop


Taking another look at what gets coverage, firearms sales and public opinion It has become almost an article of faith in the firearms industry that even reports from our federal government that show a continuing decline in crime will get little media attention.  And so it was again with the release this month of the […]



Correcting the Record on Criminals and Victims


A recent study made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Despite mainstream media suggesting alarming numbers of children accidentally injured by firearms, the study is actually a description of violence among young men. The vast majority of the incidents included in the study, 84 percent, involve individuals in the range of 15-19 years old. Nearly […]



ABC Report Only Questions, but Orange County Sheriff Acts to Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands


On Friday evening, ABC News 20/20 highlighted what can occur, thankfully in decreasing instances, when children obtain firearms that are left unsecured by their owners. This is being addressed through a very successful industry program aimed at reducing firearms accidents, which now amount to less than 1 percent of all fatal accidents in the home, […]



Bloomberg Misleads with Guns to Cars Comparison


Bloomberg News recently published an editorial called, “Why Guns Will Soon Top Cars on List of Killers.” Not surprisingly, the author, Francis Wilkinson, picks and chooses his data to argue that automobiles are getting safer while the firearms industry “has resisted even attempting similar gains.” It’s easy to get data to tell a pre-conceived, inaccurate […]



Attention America: The New York Times Knows What You Should Know and You Need Know No More


The New York Times’ recent 6,000-word major opus, “Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll,” is the latest installment in the paper’s self-described series on “the gun industry’s influence and the wide availability of firearms in America.” In this article, it took the authors 75 paragraphs before they acknowledged that federal statistics, in fact, show a dramatic […]



Medical Journal Article Debunks Major Anti-Gun Talking Point


In their never-ending effort to restrict law-abiding Americans’ access to firearms, the anti-gun establishment will do just about anything. In recent weeks they have shown a willingness to use a tragedy to score political points and misrepresent their true aims to gain supporters. One of the anti-gun lobby’s leading arguments is that fewer guns equals less violence. This seems […]



In the Debate over Gun Control, Go Armed with the Facts


Last week, in what was actually one of the calmer and more civil discussions that crusading CNN talk show host Piers Morgan has had in the past year on the gun control issue, he tossed out as fact a completely erroneous statement that the state of Virginia in 2009 had experienced the highest death rate […]



New York Times (Once Again) Decides Gun Industry is Irresponsible; After a Trip through 10-Year-Old Deposition Records


Given they have a little patience and no deadline, it is not generally difficult for journalists to go in search of and then to find selective statements that tend to support their (or their editors’) predispositions. And there may be no better exercise in this regard than to dig through old deposition transcripts and to […]



American Public Puts Gun Control Near Last in Priorities; Even As It Overestimates Violent Crime Rate


Gun control may be at the top of President Obama’s agenda, but it ranks next to last on the American public’s priority list for what he and Congress should be working on, according to a survey released Tuesday by the highly respected Gallup polling organization. Some 86 percent of Americans believe that job creation and encouraging […]



Newsflash: James Bond Has Some Pretty Advanced Gadgets


It’s time to set the record straight on the concept of “smart gun” technology. A New York Times op-ed published last weekend misses the mark on several points. Rather than doing the background research, the author chose to demonize the firearms industry and gun owners as technology-hating villains. Let’s start at the beginning. An “authorized […]



Detroit Free Press Attacks Industry; San Francisco Chronicle Gives Fair Treatment (Yes, You Read that Right)


This week, the Detroit Free Press (DFP) opened a particularly offensive editorial against the industry with the following line: “One of the most profound distinctions making itself clear in the wake of President Obama’s push for new gun legislation is the intellectual schism between gun owners and gun sellers. For the former, the Second Amendment […]



And Sometimes the Washington Post Gets It Right . . .


On the heels of the Washington Post story involving this organization that used a quote from a previous interview out of context, we feel a certain obligation to point out that there are those moments when the Post gets it right. One such moment occurred when the Post ran a little-noticed story entitled “Gun deaths, […]