Many times, there is a news headline that is obviously trying to mislead people with the insinuations contained in the wording. Sadly, too many people fall for it without applying any critical thought at all and it doesn’t help when the news story then uses the same sort of absurdity to try to persuade the readers.
A recent headline is a sterling example: Poll: Most Republicans support assault weapons ban, despite Trump saying ‘no appetite’.
To begin with, the headline has no meaning at all. There is no such thing as an “assault weapon”. This is an invention of the media. It is impossible to ban something that doesn’t exist so it makes absolutely no difference what any group supports in regard to supporting the non-existent object. Incidentally, assault is banned in the US.
This story was written after the two mass shootings that recently occurred in the US and they are referring to a certain style of rifle that looks ‘bad’ but isn’t any more dangerous than any other rifle. In fact, it could easily be pointed out that if someone throws a rock with the specific intention of hurting someone else, the rock would be an ‘assault weapon’, though the term still has no meaning.
Most gun-owners or people who are knowledgeable about firearms are fully aware of this, regardless of party affiliation. Despite what the media wants people to believe, there are many Democrats and Independents who own guns.
The story then goes on to say that 70% of Republicans are in favor of a ban on assault weapons. This is absolutely false and the article even admits it, though twisted in an attempt to deceive. What 70% of Republicans are in favor of is strict vetting of people buying guns. Many don’t know that the process is already strict, but even if they are aware of it, supporting that process has nothing to do with banning anything.
Would stricter laws or bans have stopped the killing? No. In neither case were the weapons or actions taken by the shooters legal. There were very strict laws in place to prevent it. It is hard for me to comprehend why it is so difficult for people to understand that if a person intends on performing an illegal act, they are going to, regardless of the laws that are in place. The guns used were illegal and the act in which they were used was illegal.
Many drugs are illegal and banned. The laws are strict in regard to them. That doesn’t stop people from manufacturing, selling, and taking drugs and those drugs kill many times more people than guns do. This wouldn’t be true if bans actually worked. Interestingly, most Republicans know this and most Democrats do, too.
There is are transparent reasons for the deception in this headline. One is control. The gun control crowd doesn’t even hide it. It is half of the term “gun control”. They want to control even law-abiding citizens who own guns. The second transparent reason is found in the ninth word of the headline; Trump. The media still hasn’t forgiven Trump for winning the election and are still hellbent on making anything he says appear wrong or evil even if it isn’t. The headline and article are absolutely not about guns or the loss of life, it is about getting a dig into the president.
Headlines like this one show that the media is intent on manipulating people by their choice of wording. Sadly, in many cases, they are able to succeed in their manipulation.
When you first saw the headline, “Poll: Most Republicans support assault weapons ban, despite Trump saying ‘no appetite'”, what did you think?
I saw it as a farce immediately
I was surprised
I thought that most Repbulicans were in favor of banning firearms
I thought that Trump was going against his own party
I didn’t think of much of anything at first
I would have read the article
I don’t care