Thanks to a poster on clanBOB I am treated to this magnificent story from CNN, which in terms of screaming hysterics and silly, incorrect, or otherwise misguided information rivals the CBS evening news piece that was so thoroughly ripped apart by the blogs.
The issue in this story regards a 14 year old in PA who was allegedly planning a “Columbine type” event at his local school.
Police in Plymouth Township near Philadelphia took the boy into custody after a search of his home turned up a number of weapons, including a 9 mm rifle with a laser scope and dozens of air guns, said Deputy Chief Joe Lawrence.
In addition to the weapons, authorities found a hand-painted Nazi flag and a video about the Columbine shootings, District Attorney Bruce Castor said.
Now, I obviously think that anyone shooting up a school is a bad thing; and I am glad that this was prevented. My issue isn’t so much with the actual content of the story, but rather with how it’s presented by CNN. For example, what exactly is a “laser scope”? I have heard of laser sights, which project a visible dot onto the target, and I know what a scope is, but I’m pretty sure that there isn’t such a thing as a “laser scope”.
Additionally, look at the picture attached to the article.
If those are the actual “guns” confiscated – and there’s nothing that indicates that, then what you’re looking at is a table full of Airsoft guns, which fire a plastic pellet at sub-300 fps. I’m not really surprised that CNN should show you a table full of scary looking guns, because it fits their M.O. perfectly.
If you watch the video, the hysterics only get better (worse?). They describe the kid’s room as having butterfly knives, violent video games, and a couple of other scary sounding buzzwords.
As I said, I don’t have a problem with the police arresting this kid. If he was legitimately planning on hurting people, and they cops have enough actual evidence to prove that, then I’m fine. My problem is with the way it’s reported – I get very tired of the media using misleading tactics and in some cases, outright lies to induce hysteria in the masses. Showing a table full of scary looking guns which aren’t actually guns is pretty misleading, as it makes it look like this kid had an arsenal full of automatic weapons, when in fact all he had was one 9mm carbine, and a bunch of air guns.