Question: when there is a horrific traffic accident, do newspapers stop running automobile ads on their pages?
Nope. They do not.
So, why then would they be expected to remove a gun ad in the wake of a mass shooting?
Yet, for whatever reason, they are. Why? Because there is a double standard.
Think about it, when drunk drivers take an innocent life while behind the wheel, the ire of the public is directed at the drunk driver. But when an alleged racist, sociopath uses a firearm to kill nine people in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, the ire of the public is directed at the gun and not the gunman.
Why can the public differentiate between the inanimate object and the driver when it comes to car accidents but can’t do the same for the inanimate object and the person who pulls the trigger in shootings?
The reason? Anti-gunners have convinced many unbiased individuals that guns are evil. Consider the following tweet from Jonathan Neufeld, a philosophy professor at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.
Accentuating the irrationality of the Charleston news, the paper puts an ad for a gun shop on the front page today. pic.twitter.com/GyAW4EcKF1
— Jonathan A. Neufeld (@jneuf) June 18, 2015
“Accentuating the irrationality of the Charleston news, the paper puts an ad for a gun shop on the front page today,” he notes.
But again, what’s irrational about it? I don’t think it’s irrational — or insensitive for that matter. I bet that anyone of those nine victims wish they had a gun when 21-year-old Dylann Roof began opening fire in that church. Why? Because they would have had a chance to defend themselves.
Anti-gunners will say, well, “More than wanting to have a gun, those victims would have wished that Roof hadn’t had access to one.” But that line of reasoning is naive. Laws don’t stop criminals from behaving badly or taking innocent lives. Laws work retroactively in that they give guidance as to the severity of a crime so that an appropriate punishment can be meted out after the fact.
What would have stopped Dylann Roof dead in his tracks? Two to the chest and one to the head. That’s right, a gun and a good guy that knows how to use it. In my opinion, placing a gun ad on a newspaper in the wake of a mass shooting not only reminds one that evil exists in the world, but also that if one chooses one can take action and learn how to optimally defend against it. That’s not being irrational or insensitive. That’s being honest and direct about the world we live in.
Yet, not surprisingly, Jim Romenesko, the media reporter for the Charleston Post & Courier apologized for the ad, saying, “the front-page sticky note that was attached to some home delivery newspapers on the same day as this tragedy is a deeply regrettable coincidence. We apologize to those who were offended.”
No one should be offended or ashamed of our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. It exists primarily so that we can defend ourselves and our country from evil — be it a tyrannical government or a crazy man with a weapon.