More Media Matters mistakes on gun-free zones
On April 16, 2014, Media Matters has a new post entitled: "Fox's Bolling Inadvertently Advocates For Gun-Free Zones."
1) "Bolling has been a vocal critic of gun-free zones, frequently promoting the right-wing misnomer that mass shooters target places like schools where guns are banned. According to Bolling's logic, gun-free zones are 'easy targets for whackos,' so 'it's time to take those gun-free zones signs down.' He's argued that mass shootings 'would happen with far less frequency' if no such gun bans existed."Media Matters' link go back to previous posts that they have put up on the topic. I have put up some notes on their incorrect statements available here.
The point of this discussion was that Michael Bloomberg has 24 hour/7 day a week armed body guards. He understands the benefits from guns for protection, but he opposes others being able to have the same protection. That he supports a gun-free zone for everyone but himself.
Of course, Media Matters doesn't directly deal with this point.
Instead, Media Matters points out that gun shows ask patrons not to have guns loaded. They also make it sound as if there are attacks involving multiple victim public shootings that occur at gun shows.
2) When shootings do occasionally occur at gun shows, it's been because people don't follow these rules and bring in loaded weapons. As CNN reported in the case of an accidental shooting at a gun show last year, "The original owner of the Taurus semi-automatic 9 mm handgun used in the shooting brought the firearm into the show fully loaded. This is despite the policy of searches to make sure all guns are not loaded and rendered safe before others can handle them."
3) "Studies show that most mass shootings in recent years have occurred in places where guns were allowed, and experts say that gun-free zones do not encourage mass shootings. It seems Bolling has finally agreed, albeit inadvertently."In order, the responses to the links that Media Matters makes are "studies show" available here. The discussion in the link to "occurred" attacks research that Ann Coulter cites by myself and William Landes, but the problem is that their attack has nothing to do with the research. In the final link ("experts say"), Media Matters relies on a report by Mother Jones. The problems with that article are available here.
It was nice of Greg Gutfeld to mention me in his discussion.