Perhaps not on the forefront of some gun owners’ minds these days, but the fight for the Second Amendment is a daily struggle. The challenge is not to convince gun owners—at least not in most situations. Instead, the challenge is to educate the non gun owner. Two of the major obstacles to our success are the movies (Hollywood) and the media. Both have a huge influence on the general populace. Neither typically portrays guns factually.
In Hollywood’s case, I get it. Who wants the hero to empty three magazines at a static target and not get a hit? On the other hand, if the stack of bad guys with full autos ever hit anything, well, Hollywood would need a lot more action heroes. Bad guys who shoot accurately would mean feature-length movies would be reduced to $20 two-minute affairs. Movies are fantasy, art, and a representation of the story—not reality.
However, the same cannot—strike that—should not be a representation of the story. The media should deal in facts. Sadly, there are too few facts when the media writes the story. Likewise, fact checking seems to be a low priority, if it happens at all when a politician speaks about firearms. One of the most maligned firearm accessories of late has been suppressors, or what some would refer to as a silencer.
Part of the medias problem is bias; facts would be inconvenient to the story they want to tell. Bias exists and there is little that we are going to do about it. Ignorance, on the other hand, is something we can combat with knowledge. This is exactly what the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) set out to do last week by hosting a suppressor demonstration for the media. It gave media members a firsthand opportunity to hear and feel the difference a suppressor can make. It also gave the media the opportunity to hear and feel what a suppressor was not—a silencer.
On hand with product for the demonstration were representatives from Daniel Defense and SIG Sauer. Winchester (Olin Corp.) was also on hand and supplied the ammunition. Are you likely to a shift in coverage the next time you turn on the news? Of course not, but by laying one brick at a time, we can pave a road.
Here is a piece of video the NSSF released covering the event.
What is your take? How can the gun community better educate lawmakers and members of the media, with the eventual goal of educating the general public, of the benefits of suppressors while dispelling the Hollywood myths?
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