I know you won’t believe that since you haven’t heard it in the news or seen it, but I’m here to tell you the truth. Two recent studies show a decrease in gun related crime, but if you watch the news you would believe it is the Wild West each and every day. I could link to all kinds of data, but why trust me, some firearm instructor beer drinking guy who blogs on a daily basis about whatever comes to mind. How about a respected editor at Yahoo? That’s right, Yahoo. I came across an article by Harold Maass and before blindly accepting his information decided to do a pseudo background check since I’m pretty good at scouring the web for accurate information. Mr. Maass as it turns out is a North Carolina resident and lives in the mountains. He also is a registered Democrat, so before anyone starts to point a political finger you might just put that thing away since pointing isn’t nice! Mr. Maass wrote a Yahoo article entitled, 3 reasons Americans think gun homicide is rising… when it isn’t and it is well worth your time to read and absorb.
So why don’t people know the truth. It’s simple, the media only reports headlines. So if someone shoots another person and it is obviously a murder they will carry every minute of that trial on TV and provide commentary for hours and hours after the conclusion of the trial each day. However if a crime is stopped by someone with a gun they won’t report anything. You heard about Joe Cho in Dallas who called the police from Pepe’s Grocery & Deli to tell the dispatcher he was being robbed and had shot at the men who were trying to rob him. What, you didn’t hear the story, how can that be? You can read the story here, but I’ll bottom line it for you, Cho shot one of the robbers, called 911 and reported the incident and asked for the police to come immediately and the police did not come to the store for an hour. So long in fact that Mr. Cho grew tired of waiting and went home.
The take away from today’s post is gun crime is proven to be on the decline and the media only reports what will draw in viewers and improve advertising revenue.*
*Note: I am a boxing fan and have never seen CBS report on boxing, especially on the morning news, but last week they interviewed Mayweather prior to his fight with Guerrero. Why? Because CBS owns Showtime and the fight was being shown exclusively on Showtime Pay Per View. Was the fight news? Yes, for some, but they never carry any information on other boxers, nor any interviews, ask yourself what made this fight so different. The answer is clear, revenue from the PPV sales.