ABC has a track record of slanting the news in favor of gun control. So it was no surprise that in an otherwise positive story about gun owners in
Karlinsky was in
The story featured the Allan family and rightly noted that in the American West, “guns are an indelible part of the culture here.” The patriarch of the family, Clark Allan, noted the family owned 20-25 guns.
ALLAN: Guns are just part of our life. I've got a chain saw by the door. I've got a shovel. I've got a gun. And we use them all the time. I think living in a big city, they probably don't have chain saws and shovels by the door either.
Karlinsky also focused attention on the Allan children, giving daughter Ashleigh, a “straight-A student and stone-cold shot,” the chance to make the case for responsible gun use and ownership.
ASHLEIGH ALLAN: I tell you we're some of the safest kids with guns there can be. It's kids that don't know what guns are. That's when it becomes unsafe.
Karlinsky immediately followed that statement with the tired liberal mantra linking less gun control with death.
KARLINSKY: Yet time and time again, statistics show that firearm death rates are significantly higher in places with relaxed gun laws.
What Karlinsky failed to note is that the statistics he quoted came from the Violence Policy Center, which describes itself as “the most aggressive group in the gun control movement.” The VPF web site even has a page that attacks the late gun-rights hero Charlton Heston.
Karlinsky also failed to mention that the Supreme Court recently reaffirmed that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms and issued a ruling that said hyper-restrictive gun control laws, like those in
Liberals like to link gun control to decreased death or crime rates. But the fact of the matter is the evidence against these myths is overwhelming. The National Rifle Association Web site's “Fables and Myths” page shows research that debunks the most-often used arguments for gun control.