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Wired Magazine = Yellow Journalism
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I just opened my March issue of Wired last night. It was lying around here for a week or so. If you are not familiar with Wired, it is a full-color monthly magazine the focuses on technology. Their target audience of 3.2 Million subscribers, are mostly young men interested in science and technology with high amounts of disposable income. They push top-shelf alcohol, luxury cars, watches, electronics, etc. in their ads.

So, imagine my surprise when I turned to page 097 (they are so cool they use three digits for page numbers) only to find an article with the extremely long headline of "America is Awash in Ammunition. If You Want to Stop Gun Violence, Start With Bullets." It was written by one of their senior editors by the name of Joanna Pearlstein. I'm pretty sure Ms. Pearlstein either got paid by Bloomberg and Co. to write this or she's really brain dead.

The article had two full pages of drawings of every common caliber with tags on some calibers like the .223 that stated, "The assault rifles used in mass shootings in Newtown, CT. and Aurora, CO, were loaded with .223 cartridges. In the drawing of the 7.62 x 39mm she states, "Between 2002 and 2011, the 7.62 x 39mm bullet killed more law enforcement officers wearing body armor than any other caliber."

Under the 9mm Luger she says, since more than twice as many 9mm are made than any other single caliber (I guess she forgot .22) it kills more law enforcement officers than any other.

Just reading the drawings and info box blurbs you start seeing blood running in the streets - mostly that of LEO's.

Of course the 12 Gauge was used in Columbine and the .50 BMG was used by Branch Davidians to try and kill the FBI.

She tries to justify this type of article even being published in Wired with this one sentence. "From the musket ball to the A5 Colt cartridge to the .223 shells used in the Newtown massacre, the story of ammunition is in many way a familiar tale of technological progress as bullets have become cheaper, easier to use, and often, more deadly. But, this engineering success has become a social and moral crises."

She then goes on to make a case for BULLET CONTROL. "Make it more difficult to purchase or use in large quantity." "Ban large capacity magazines." "TAX BULLETS since a box of fifty 9mm costs less than $20"

One popular proposal, put forward by policy thinkers ranging from the late US Senator Daniel Moynihan to comedian Chris Rock (Rock is now a policy thinker) is to tax bullets at a rate that reflects their cost to society. It worked for cigarettes!"

"Track all ammo purchases." "Would it help gun crime if buyers were required to have a license to purchase ammunition." She thinks so.

You get the idea. This is one of the worst pieces of yellow journalism I've read so far by the anti's and it is in a magazine that goes to over 3 Million people who, probably for the most part, could be convinced one way or the other about the rights of the Second Amendment.

But, nobody from the NRA or GOA or anyone else with our dollars is talking to these people. You can talk to all the lobbyists you want but the anti's have been educating and telling stories for a long time.

Next month there will be maybe 100,000 people at the South by Southwest conferences in Austin. It's an every year happening. I can pretty much guarantee you that nobody from the NRA will be there to tell our story. I can also guarantee you the anti's will be telling their story of how "you can save one child's life by signing here, sending this card, etc., etc.

We are being outgunned and outsmarted. I know the people on here, myself included, are doing all that we can but the anti's are spending their money on the streets, in the schools and colleges, while we are still preaching to the choir.

I wrote to Wired, tweeted to my 2,500 followers and their millions my disgust with the article, wrote a letter to the editor, and cancelled my subscription. I also got Ms. Pearlstein's Twitter handle and voiced my thoughts to her and all that follow each of us.

Just found a URL for the article. http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/02/...-violence/
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It is really hard to tell our side of the story when we are, regularly, locked out of the venue. I know of several times that the NRA tried to become part of a panel discussion and were told that their opinion was not wanted or, and this is my favorite, that so-and-so would be presenting the pro-gun side of the discussion, so-and-so of course being a Fudd or an anti.

What we have to do, and I mean all of us, is to do exactly what the antis have done, start at the grass roots level and work our way through the food chain. It doesn't happen over night but the antis, and their friends on the far left, have been working their way into the system since the 60s.
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Our side buys guns and ammo. Their side writes articles.

Reminds me of a debate in the late 70's. Tons were crying about how the Conservative view was not allowed to be heard by the liberal media. The result? RR still won in a landslide. Today, the media is full of anti guns crap. The POTUS is screaming about it. The net result? Gun sales are through the roof and they can't even get another AWB passed.

And another thing, assuming the OP likes the magazine for whatever techie info they have - do we really need to cancel everything just because it had this one article which we disagree with? Believe me that differing thought is not like the common cold, you won't get it by exposure. Yeah, yeah, I know many believe that the American sheep are too stupid to think for themselves but if true, why can't I find a Mother F'ing 10.5" Upper for my SBR? Shrug
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Dave;83403 Wrote:And another thing, assuming the OP likes the magazine for whatever techie info they have - do we really need to cancel everything just because it had this one article which we disagree with?

I'm so far away from their target audience now it's kind of humorous. I'm not a twenty-thirty year old. I'm almost 64, gave all my "high amount of disposable income" away, and while I do enjoy top-shelf alcohol, I don't need Wired to tell me which is which. I can get my tech fix with better magazines.

I was ready to say goodbye to Wired. This gave me a good reason to take action and I hope it at least got one person's attention.
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Dave;83403 Wrote:Yeah, yeah, I know many believe that the American sheep are too stupid to think for themselves but if true, why can't I find a Mother F'ing 10.5" Upper for my SBR? Shrug

Because the manufacturers haven't been making that many of them to begin with and now they're making even fewer, most of which are promised to the .gov?Shrug I dunno, just a thought. Big Grin
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Wired asked me for an interview on a scientific subject last year and I declined because they tend to align themselves with the far-left loonies on some issues.
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I wrote them a scathing letter to the editor. Interestingly, I hadn't renewed WIRED because they raised the subscription rate from $12.00 / year to double that.

I'm glad I didn't.

The craziest thing is the bimbo that authored it is their head of "research."

I guess she chose not to do any.

I mean the 7.62 the most popular "Assault Rifle[sic]" round?

And 9mm's greatest claim-to-fame is as a cop-killer round?

And .40 S&W is the most popular "self defense" caliber?

And of course we must point out that some mass-shooters have been equipped with (*gasp*) 12-GAUGE SHOTGUNS!
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