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MILLER: The New York Times is a tool of Brady Campaign
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The old news didn’t have any reason to be the lead story in the major paper. In order to do so, the testimony was linked to current events with the flimsy excuse that many of those who were deposed still work at the companies and “the issues they were asked about have not gone away.”
The real agenda was to get readers to blame the manufacturers for what criminals do with their products.
“In the wake of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., and other recent high-profile shootings, the gun industry’s response — that existing laws should be better enforced rather than new restrictions imposed — largely mirrors its stance from a decade ago,” wrote the news reporters.
There was no smoking gun. Even the quotes taken out of context show that the manufacturers were abiding by the Second Amendment, as well as common sense.
For example, Beretta’s general counsel, Jeffrey Reh, is quoted last week that, “Beretta U.S.A.’s position is and has always been that the purchase by an individual of multiple firearms is not, in and of itself, evidence of improper or suspicious behavior.”
The Brady Center clearly pushed this story to The Times. The rabidly anti-gun group’s Legal Action Project represented the cities in court. As plaintiff’s‘ counsel, only they would know how to find these sealed documents all over the U.S.
The story said documents were “obtained by The New York Times” although “much of the testimony was marked confidential, and transcripts were packed away in archives at law firms and courthouses around the country.”
Midway through the piece, the legal director of the Brady Center, Jonathan Lowy, is described as being “involved in most of the suits.”
“Boston was the first — but not the only — city that abandoned its baseless lawsuit, essentially firing Mr. Lowy and the other Brady Center lawyers.” said Mr. Keane.
The Brady Campaign has become a non-player in the gun-control advocacy sphere. Since the lawsuits stopped in 2005 and Mayor Mike Bloomberg started leading the efforts a couple years later, the organization has been largely cut out of Capitol Hill and White House policy and political strategizing sessions.
The Gray Lady seems to have ripped down the wall between its news department and its opinion pages.
The uber-liberal editorial page has been attacking the Second Amendment nonstop since the Newtown shooting. Headlines of editorials have included: The Deadly Fantasy of Assault Weapons, The Moment for Action on Guns, Dangerous Gun Myths and Violent, Drunk and Holding a Gun.
Gun manufacturers are to blame for firearms crimes as much as car manufacturers are to blame for drunk driving accidents.
The left is using all its allies to promote the idea in order to pass more restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. Second Amendment supporters have no voice in The New York Times.
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About the Author
Emily Miller is senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times. She is the author of “Emily Gets Her Gun … But Obama Wants to Take Yours” (Regnery 2013). Miller won the 2012 Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting from the Institute on Political Journalism.
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