Supreme Court Gun Cases

D.C. v. Heller -- Photo Gallery 4

"How the news media saw the event"

Heller Photos: 1-PreGame2-HearingDay3-PostGame4-NewsCoverage

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It wasn't utnil we were on our way home that we found this image in The Washington Times. We both ended up interviewed repeatedly, only found a few of the published examples. If you know of any, please send me links. Links to the the video clips we know about are in my wrapup report. The sign Bob was holding was one of many I brought, which you can see here and here. Publicity tip: Always bring signs to events, the media eats it up. 8.5 x 11 on card stock does a perfect job right from your computer, no need to get fancier, use heavy block type squeezed together for the greatest impact.

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They think "The Gun Battle" is clever and shows no prejudice, I think it's an affront. They should stand on the side of the innocent victims of a bad law and say "Gun Rights On Trial" or maybe "Freedom Hangs In The Balance." How about "Nagin Trying To Take Guns" or even "The British Are Coming." Keep wishing.

Those blue signs showed up everywhere, camera operators zoomed in on them constantly because they jump off the page at you. This one, in the D.C. local FOX newscast was my favorite. The message disturbs the antis, creates cognitive dissonance, forces you to question your beliefs, and isn't bumper sticker humor, which I don't think helps.

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Jason McCrory, Mr. #1 in line, got the most coverage of anyone. It pays to be first.

The media's idea of a gun image is a table with beat-up crime guns from an evidence locker. They just don't know better, victims of their own (and their colleagues') incessant, bad, distorted, biased, misleading, sensationalized, hoplophobic treatment of the subject. A proper picture, especially in a context such as this, is a father and son looking at a fine new shotgun, a woman on a range with a well-dressed instructor, an Olympic trainee shooting skeet, youngsters prone on a firing line with bolt action .22s, a grandmother at an indoor range, even a mother with her daughter at her side holding a ski-masked intruder at bay. Oh, I'm sorry, would that be coloring the news?

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That's my shoulder bag on the left, which caught one photographer's eye after another. It goes with me through airports, face up, all the time. Most of the TSA agents thank me for it. One, an overweight ebonic-speaking black woman in New York didn't get it -- "Huh? Guns kill people." I tried to explain, pointed out all the armed guards around her, it was hopeless. I don't think she liked me or my button.

The photogs always turned us around so the Court building would be in the background. It was a clever move and I learned from this -- always consider the backdrop. They also put me on the left side of the frame, to emphasize the backdrop, and they have their logo superimposed left, right and on the mic -- they knew what they were doing.

Look Ma and Pa, they spelled my name correctly.

 

USA Today recognized in their headline that it didn't go well for the people trying to suppress the public's right to keep and bear arms. So what do they choose for a picture? The losers. The state. The people who want to disarm you and remove your rights. That's mayor Fenty, and to the right, Mr. Dellinger, who argued the case for the city. The paper could have stood on the side of the people who want to restore their rights, uphold the Constitution, restrict state power, protect themselves, and run an image of hero Dick Heller, Alan Gura and Bob Levy, fighting for the rights of Americans everywhere. USA Today calls this balanced, unbiased, non-prejudicial, professional, objective reporting. They deny charges that they are statist lackies obediently following around their leaders.

 

The Washington Post recognized in their headline that it didn't go well for the people trying to suppress the public's right to keep and bear arms. So what do they choose for a picture? The losers. The state. The people who want to disarm you and remove your rights. That's mayor Fenty, and to the right, police chief Cathy Lanier and Mr. Dellinger, who argued the case for the city. The paper could have stood on the side of the people who want to restore their rights, uphold the Constitution, restrict state power, protect themselves, and run an image of hero Dick Heller, Alan Gura and Bob Levy, fighting for the rights of Americans everywhere. The Washington Post calls this balanced, unbiased, non-prejudicial, professional, objective reporting. They deny charges that they are statist lackies obediently following around their leaders. Why do I feel like I'm repeating myself? Man, those folks don't look happy. We all talked with reporter Robert Barnes. Seemed like a nice guy.

 

We transferred planes in Denver, so we were able to check out the local paper there. Huh. Same picture subject and approach -- headline implies city gun-grabbers may be the loser, so... show the losers. Doesn't anyone care about the heroes, the defenders of rights, the aggrieved party, the ones facing millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded assault? Sure, the public does (and the Justices apparently), and circulation continues to nose dive, for reasons journalists continue to debate. Police chief looks cute but definitely not happy. Mayor's not much better. At least this photographer got a different shot, nicely framed with police officers all over. The Mayor claimed their laws make the city safer. Does this communicate "safe city" to you? Oh, look at the byline. This Denver Post story is actually from the L.A. Times.

 

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