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barrym66
05-07-2010, 10:40 PM
A new PBS news/documentary show called "Need to Know" is discussing the Open carry movement.

Full episode in streaming video here: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/uncategorized/need-to-know-may-7th-2010-full-episode/523/ Relevant story starts at the 9 minute mark.

Pretty typical PBS type coverage, made an attempt to put Open Carry (and general gun ownership) in a bad light, but in all honesty it was pretty fair overall. Did take a shot at the NRA (who declined to respond). Larry Pratt (GOA) was on and came across fairly well, if a bit extreme (if you go by the interviewer's facial expressions and mutterings!).

Touched on how the Libs are upset with Obama for not doing more with new gun control legislation, touched on the "gun show loophole", and also tried to show that the real problem wasn't the actual carrying of guns, but the risk of an "accidental discharge" and how that affects THE KIDS!

Hyper-hater NY Mayor Bloomberg got major face time and, of course, pimped the "gun show loophole" as a big issue (nothing new there). Even tied the recent failed NY bomber as an example of the typical gun show buyer. Tried to claim that the "low" NY murder rate was due to NY City's restrictive gun laws. Also made a comparison of FFL's to drug dealers!!!!

I'll say they tried to be "fair and balanced" but the attempt to hide the bias was thin at times. They did post a pro-NRA interview with pollster Frank Luntz on Youtube here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8ExKZOcKek

2009_gunner
05-07-2010, 11:29 PM
That "Pro-NRA" interview with Frank Luntz was misleading. He's actually a push-pollster, and tried to make NRA membership agree with Bloomberg on gun control.

A video showing his polling strategies:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViYI1BkhyRk#t=01m45s

And here's a calguns thread on his "Pro-NRA" poll
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=3477609

Steyr_223
05-07-2010, 11:41 PM
A new PBS news/documentary show called "Need to Know" is discussing the Open carry movement.

Full episode in streaming video here: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/uncategorized/need-to-know-may-7th-2010-full-episode/523/ Relevant story starts at the 9 minute mark.

Pretty typical PBS type coverage, made an attempt to put Open Carry (and general gun ownership) in a bad light, but in all honesty it was pretty fair overall. Did take a shot at the NRA (who declined to respond). Larry Pratt (GOA) was on and came across fairly well, if a bit extreme (if you go by the interviewer's facial expressions and mutterings!).

Touched on how the Libs are upset with Obama for not doing more with new gun control legislation, touched on the "gun show loophole", and also tried to show that the real problem wasn't the actual carrying of guns, but the risk of an "accidental discharge" and how that affects THE KIDS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8ExKZOcKek

I hope President Obama keeps up the good work..Guns on Amtrak, guns in National parks and no new guns laws or executive orders..Glad the Anti's are disappointed..

press1280
05-08-2010, 4:21 AM
The NRA has seemed very cautious about the OC movement. Their maps have always shown Wisconsin as a no-carry state, when actually they are an unlicensed open carry state. That's why many people on gun message boards seem to lump WI and IL together as Fascist states, when that's not close to being true.

3GunFunShooter
05-08-2010, 5:07 AM
I can't believe that they looked at OC in Virginia or that there is even OC in VA. I can understand OC in states where it is impossible or very difficult to get a CCW, like CA. But Virginia! That is one of the easiest states to get a CCW in. An 8 hr class with 60 rounds fired, fingerpirnts and background check. Took me all of 3 weeks to get my permit, no limit on what gun you could or could not carry. Typical public tv broadcast liberal bias.

demnogis
05-08-2010, 11:28 AM
Maybe the NRA doesn't say much about it because so many of the other states in the Union have unlicensed or indiscriminate licensing for all forms of carry. There's only the few crackpots that are like CA.

Besides, doesn't the NRA try to do more with lobbyists and their NRA wine club? :rolleyes:

The NRA has seemed very cautious about the OC movement. Their maps have always shown Wisconsin as a no-carry state, when actually they are an unlicensed open carry state. That's why many people on gun message boards seem to lump WI and IL together as Fascist states, when that's not close to being true.

yellowfin
05-08-2010, 3:15 PM
I really wish the NRA and FFL's would sue them for libel.