...and lay bare their anti-gun bias
The negligent discharge of a shotgun while it was being uncased Saturday at the Dixie Gun and Knife show at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh has made national news, and is being cynically used to fuel arguments against private party sales at gun shows.
CNN exploited minor accidents at three shows across the country by noting that they happened on the “Gun Appreciation Day” being promoted by some organizations (GRNC did not participate), and
framing the issue in terms of political efforts to register private gun sales via the computerized National Instant Check System.
Why is the media hyping 3 minor incidents?
Said GRNC President Paul Valone:
“Perhaps we should thank the media for laying bare their anti-gun agenda: According to the Centers for Disease Control, accidental deaths in the United States for the most recent year tabulated include: 35,332 by motor vehicle, 33,041 by poisoning, 26,009 by falls, 3,782 by drowning, and only 606 by firearms—and it's a safe bet that few if any of those accidents were at gun shows. Given that more than six times as many people accidentally drown than die by gun accident, a truly unbiased media would report the hazards of water sports rather than gun shows.”
CDC stats: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/deaths_2010_release.pdf
Points to keep in mind
1. These are minor injuries of the sort that get zero attention when the accident is a broken leg at a ski slope or horse show.
2. They are accidents, not intentional attacks, but the biased media prefer to lump together intentional and unintentional incidents in order to exacerbate the impression of a problem.
3. Gun owners need to spotlight the tactics politicians and their media conspirators use to exploit accidental mishaps as a means to promote their agenda: to require registration of private gun sales with the FBI via NICS.
NC Department of Agriculture officials ban private sales
In convenient support of the Obama/Biden/Feinstein gun ban agenda, officials of the NC Dept. of Agriculture, which controls the fairground, hastily convened a press conference and banned
private party gun sales at the venue.
Said Joel Keith, Chief of Police for the NC Dept. of Agriculture at the press conference: "…there will be no private gun sales in the future on this property at that show…”
According to CNN, “Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said he was unsure whether it was legal to bring a loaded gun on state fairgrounds,” and quoted Harrison as telling reporters, "This is state property. That's something we're looking into."
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!
• CONTACT NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE : Tell them that minor injuries occur at all types of organized activities, and that gun shows cannot be treated differently.
• CONTACT ANY MEDIA OUTLET WHICH EXPLOITS THIS MINOR INCIDENT: Using Valone’s statement above for guidance, tell them they are only making their bias against guns more obvious.
• SIGN THE “STOP THE GUN BAN” PETITION: Go to: www.StopTheGunBan.org Whether or not you have already signed it, forward this to others and tell them to sign it too.
• SUPPORT GRNC: Thanks to your generosity, GRNC continues to gain strength, but we will need more to fight the looming ban. If you have already contributed, please tell others to go to http://grnc.org/index.php/join-grnc/contribute
• Commissioner Steve Troxler: Steve.Troxler@ncagr.gov
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE
Suggested subject: I will hold you accountable for stopping private gun sales
Dear Commissioner Troxler:
The media have seized upon the recent accident at the NC State Fairgrounds as an opportunity to push the draconian Obama gun control agenda that includes elimination of private party firearms sales. Your staff has become an active part of this effort by prohibiting private sales at the Raleigh fairground.
Gun accidents are not the issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control, accidental deaths in the United States for the most recent year tabulated include: 35,332 by motor vehicle, 33,041 by poisoning, 26,009 by falls, 3,782 by drowning, and only 606 by firearms—and it's a safe bet that few if any of those accidents were at gun shows. Given that more than six times as many people accidentally drown than die by gun accident, a truly unbiased media would report the hazards of water sports rather than gun shows.
Said Joel Keith, Chief of Police for the NC Dept. of Agriculture at Saturday’s press conference: "…there will be no private gun sales in the future on this property at that show…” By that logic, if someone falls off a horse during the “Equine Extravaganza” at the fairgrounds and breaks his or her arm, will you ban actually riding horses at the show?
If you succumb to the anti-gun hysteria being generated by the media and allow the ban on private sales to remain, I will respond in two ways: First, I will shun the fairground for all events except gun shows. Second, I will advocate your defeat in future elections and advise others to do the same. I strongly suspect that those who most regularly deal with the Department of Agriculture are gun owners.
Accidents happen. Although reasonable corrective measures might be in order, restricting the Second Amendment freedoms of law-abiding Americans is not reasonable. I strongly urge you to keep politics out of the Raleigh fairgrounds by keeping gun shows as they have always been. I will be watching the progress of this issue through Grass Roots North Carolina alerts.
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