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What Is Shotgun News?

This morning, I glimpsed the cover of Shotgun News in a magazine rack.image

I had never heard of Shotgun News magazine before. I wondered: What news about shotguns could there possibly be?

Here are some stories involving shotguns from the recent news:

– A woman in Texas was shot in the foot when her dog knocked over a shotgun she had left standing on its end, leaning against some furniture.

– A couple walking through their neighborhood in Florida were robbed by a pair of criminals who threatened them with shotguns.

– In Westchester County, New York, a man has been charged with attempting to murder his wife with a shotgun.

– In Midland, Texas, a woman has been arrested for threatening a member of her family with a shotgun.

– In Trenton, New Jersey, a man who has been arrested for selling heroin was found with a sawed off shotgun.

– A convicted felon in Camden, Maine was arrested after he was found to be in possession of several firearms, including a shotgun.

– In Middlesex, New Jersey, two men carrying shotguns have robbed three gas stations.

– The schizophrenic Navy Reservist who killed several people at a military base in Washington D.C. carved the words “better off this way” into his shotgun before using it to murder people.

I couldn’t find one single recent news story in which a person used a shotgun in self defense. There were also no news stories in which people used shotguns to defend their constitutional rights against big government. Also absent from the recent news are stories of well-regulated militias carrying shotguns.

Interestingly, Shotgun News magazine hasn’t reported on any of the many crimes being committed with shotguns. The most recent Shotgun News article is entitled How to Convert a Scope Base to 8-40 Screws. Is that news?

1 comment to What Is Shotgun News?

  • Charles Manning

    Sure, there’s a big load of hypocrisy when “Shotgun News” doesn’t report the news about shotguns. However, don’t overlook the real message the gun lobby is sending out. Overall violent crime is down in the U.S., notwithstanding the steady procession of mass shootings. 2nd Amendment fanatics believe being armed accounts for a major part, if not all, of the decline. They think would-be criminals are scared of being shot by armed “law-abiding citizens.” Citizens, that is, who believe the 2nd Amendment gives them the right to be judge, jury and — executioner.
    I believe there’s some truth to this. What I object to is the continuation of gun violence, which is like the continuation of airliner and private plane crashes, which the media like to dwell on but which account for relatively few deaths and injuries. Relatively few deaths and injuries doesn’t justify dismissing new and improved safety measures for airplanes. Similarly, the declining violent crime rate doesn’t justify dismissing improved gun control. And I object to being required to buy guns and ammunition, and undergo firearms training, so that I can protect myself and my family and friends from criminals and contribute thereby to the overall decline of the crime rate. We have law enforcement personnel for that. Private citizens shouldn’t have to go to all that trouble and expense. The main beneficiaries are the gun manufacturers and sellers.

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