Yesterday I was alarmed to see that my home state of New Jersey made national news for a shooting in a local shopping mall. Thankfully, no civilians were harmed. Nevertheless, it appears that every few months a new horrible story pops up where innocent lives are taken away by someone with a gun and the most evil of intentions. The media has not been shy about this, making mass shootings one of the most covered news stories today. As far as advocates for the second amendment are concerned, the message is clear: our media pushes for gun control.
Advocates of the right to bear arms have argued incessantly that the media is painting them out to be gun-wielding rednecks, whose hobby is causing the death of tons of innocent citizens. And until recently I may have agreed. Last week, I saw an article about a party in Arizona where a mass shooting was avoided by a partygoer who happened to be a concealed carrier. After being kicked out of a party, a man in his 20s returned to the house with a rifle and pointed it at guests, prepared to fire. A man on the scene took out his handgun and shot the potential shooter before any damage could be done. Had this man not had his gun on him, who knows the damage that could have occurred and the lives that could have been lost. This has been a main counterargument that gun advocates like the NRA have been pushing: guns in the hands of more responsible people, not less, can actually reduce violence.
The problem? This story was hardly picked up by the media. If a friend hadn’t posted it on Facebook, I probably would have never heard about it. Had the gunman actually shot and killed people at the party, I am nearly one hundred percent positive that it would have made national news. But how many stories like this, where guns actually prevent tragedy, go untold? This is one of the most heated debates on one of the most delicate topics concerning our nation today, and I’m not trying to advocate for or against gun control here. But if the media is clearly favoring one side and isn’t presenting information on every aspect of the issue, isn’t that a problem?