Kristen Fyfe

The Washington D.C. City Council has created so many hoops for handgun owners to jump through before they can exercise their Second Amendment rights, they may require legal counsel just to identify what the hoops are.  This sorry state of affairs is much to the satisfaction of The Washington Post, which called for just such an obstructionist policy in an editorial. 

At least one of those hoops is illegal, according to the Supreme Court, but a Post news story spun that fact as the opinion of “opponents of the handgun ban.”  Is editorial policy coloring the news?

The Washington Post is no fan of the Supreme Court’s recently rendered Heller vs. D.C. decision.  Last month when the nation’s highest court told Washington D.C. that its gun ban violated the Second Amendment of the Constitution, a Post editorial called the decision a “misguided ruling.” The Post opined that the District’s mayor and council would be on “solid moral and legal ground” if they re-crafted the District’s gun control laws to make them “as tough as possible” under the Supreme Court’s “puzzling mandate.”

Fast forward 21 days.  The July 18 edition of the paper carried a story about the first day of gun registration in the District in which only one person applied for a license.  That person was not Dick Heller, the man whose case went to the Supreme Court.  In fact, Mr. Heller did show up to apply for his now legal license, but because he did not have his gun with him he could not register it. 

Kristen Fyfe

Kristen Fyfe is senior writer at the Culture and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center.

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