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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Washington Post Reporter Doubles Down Rather Than Admit Gun Ignorance

Earlier this week, the Washington Post published a story by reporter Mike Rosenwald that was a lengthy attack on the target of legislation known as the Hearing Protection Act - firearm noise suppressors.  Rosenwald exhibited his ignorance on the topic of firearms.  For instance:
But gun-control activists say silencers are getting quieter, particularly in combination with subsonic ammunition, which is less lethal but still damaging. They point to videos on YouTube in which silencers make high-powered rifles have “no more sound than a pellet gun,” according to one demonstrator showing off a silenced semiautomatic ­.22LR.
See how he lumped .22LR into "high-powered rifles."  When he was called out for the error on social media, this is how he reacted according to The Federalist:

It gets worse:
The Federalist post author Sean Davis took Rosenwald's advice and googled it.  He found that apparently the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) use the caliber in limited circumstances to control protestors rather than more lethal firearms for that purpose.  Davis wrote that had Rosenwald followed his own advice to use Google to verify simple facts, he would’ve learned that IDF sometimes issues .22 LR rifles in those extremely limited circumstances and not for combat purposes.
Nothing says “high-powered” like a rifle that’s only used to injure protesters, amirite?
Remember that post from last week on National Review's Kevin Williamson's article about lazy and dishonest reporting on guns? Rosenwald's article fits that description.

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