Media overwhelmingly promotes gun control

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Russ Jones (

A new study has researched the reporting patterns of the major television networks on the gun control debate since the Newtown massacre in December. The study reveals anti-gun spokesmen overwhelmingly outnumber pro-gun spokesmen in a majority of the stories.

handgun with clip and ammoAnalysts with the Media Research Center say after reviewing 216 gun policy stories on ABC, CBS and NBC, stories advocating more gun control outnumbered stories opposing gun control by 99 to 12, or at a ratio of 8-to-1.

Geoffrey Dickens, deputy research director at the MRC, comments on the media's gun-control agenda.

"Essentially what they did is from the very start of that evening [of the Newtown shooting], they began pushing for gun control," he says. "They joined President Barack Obama's campaign to increase gun regulation. It's staggering."

Dickens says stories featured gun-control advocates like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and her husband Mark Kelly. 

"People who respect Second Amendment rights, people who own guns, they need to look to other avenues, social networking, the Internet," he suggests. "Unfortunately, the big three network news shows still are very highly rated and carry a lot of influence and they persuade a lot of people out there."  

In regards to the network morning shows, the study concludes viewers were subjected to an anti-gun agenda by an almost 9-to-1 ratio, with a total of 53 stories advancing gun control, just six pieces supporting gun rights, and 65 that were neutral.

The results of the full study can be read at the Media Research Center website.

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