BELLEVUE, WA â€“ In The month following the tragic Newtown school shooting, more than 65,000 people used firearms in self-defense, yet the national news media has virtually ignored this important aspect of gun ownership, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
â€œBased on the most conservative estimates, tens of thousands of legally-armed private citizens have used firearms defensively, including one 15-year-old teenager in Texas who protected his home and sister with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œBut the press virtually ignored these incidents, instead concentrating on getting a juicy sound bite from anti-gun Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy about how many people have been victims of violent crime.
â€œThis ignores the positive side of private gun ownership,â€ he added, â€œand presents a biased view of guns in society. We need to recognize the number of lives that have been saved, and the number of crimes thwarted because a citizen had a gun.â€
â€œWe all deplore the senseless loss of life,â€ Gottlieb observed. â€œBut Rep. McCarthy and other gun grabbers like to ignore the usefulness of firearms in the right hands. Anti-gunners assume that if you only tell half a story, it becomes the story.â€
Gottlieb suggested that if reporters need balance, they can find stories every day about lawful self-defense on the KeepAndBearArms.com website.
â€œItâ€™s about time the press looked at those stories and gave them national attention equal to the attention they pay to the criminal misuse of firearms,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œPrivate firearms ownership should be reported and encouraged. After all, if it saves just one life, then having a gun for personal protection is an idea we should all support.â€