Today President Barack Obama surrounded himself with children and the media.
Then, with cameras rolling, he spoke to a small audience that included relatives of gun violence. The president stated his intent to implement 23 regulations and changes for tighter gun control, and he promised to do it without Congressional approval. Reuters related: “We can’t put this off any longer,” Obama said, vowing to use “whatever weight this office holds” to make his proposals reality.
The mainstream media (aka Ministry of Truth) reporting conveyed no sense of the anger Obama’s words created in the American public. Nor did the focus appear to be on the victims of these tragedies.
Instead, there seemed to be a good deal of preoccupation with a statistic released Monday from The Pew Research Center’s poll on Gun Control: “By a 51%-45% margin, Americans say it’s more important to control gun ownership than to protect gun rights.” The implication is this poll finding justifies Obama’s decision to bypass Congress to pursue his agenda. Obama, it would seem, is only doing what the American people want. One problem (among many) with this assumption is that the statistic in question is deliberately misleading.
Yes: American support for gun control has decreased by 9% since 2007. This trend is likely a result of many factors, such as political rhetoric, fear for our safety, NRA campaigns, and more. The primary reason, in my opinion, is in reaction to Barack Obama’s agenda and his record of issuing executive orders to enact legislation that Congress would not pass.
This data puts the other statistic in a totally different perspective, and the media ignored it. Though they have little to say about the impact on a typical law-abiding citizen, hasty interviews have surfaced on the Internet bearing titles like Victims’ Relatives in Camden Praise Obama gun Proposals. Similarly, general approval is bestowed on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and “the toughest gun laws in the nation”, while omitting the fact that the bill was passed in the middle of the night, the legislators were not given time to read it, and there was no interval for public comment.
Facts like these beg the question of whether the media is accurately covering the news or if they’re acting as a propaganda mouthpiece. The problem isn’t that the media is taking the Gun Control side instead of the Gun Rights side. It’s that they are taking sides at all, and moreover, attempting to manipulate the people.
Today, some people looked at Obama and saw a man cowering behind children as he launched the latest in a series of attacks on the Constitution. Others saw a leader bypassing Congress to do what needs to be done. The media has done all they can to promote the latter view by ignoring the protests, focusing on the supporters, and where necessary, simply skewing facts to create an illusion.