NYDN cover pushes false narrative, calls NRA’s Wayne LaPierre ‘Jihadi Wayne’

lapierreAs part of the left’s ongoing campaign to foment hate and possibly violence against members of the NRA and gun owners in general, the New York Daily News’ Monday cover calls the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre “Jihadi Wayne.”

According to Twitchy, it’s intended to focus on the bogus claim that the NRA and the GOP want to let terrorists get guns.

Of course, it’s a false claim, but since when does the truth matter to agenda-driven liberals bent on hate?

Naturally, it didn’t sit too well with a number of people.

Only those who disagree with Obama and liberal media outlets like the NYDN.  Liberals will be given a pass…

Not for the NYDN, apparently.

Some responded with a bit of sarcasm:

Believe it or not, that idea was actually floated by a Virginia liberal who said he was okay with exterminating the five million members of the NRA.

Who knows?  Maybe that’s what the NYDN really wants.

One person put forward a very interesting argument:

Good point.

Twitchy explained:

The NRA’s objection to the bill is a little more complicated than the NYDN would have you believe. At issue is how an individual ends up on the watchlist in the first place and how it could be abused in the future to restrict an American’s right to buy a gun.

Here’s the NRA’s objections to the measure:

  • As the name suggests, the “watchlist” is not limited to people guilty of “terrorism”1 or who are suspected of other acts serious enough to warrant their arrest. It broadly includes people “known or reasonably suspected to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism,”2 including those only “being preliminarily investigated to determine whether they have links to terrorism” and those “for whom the FBI does not have an open terrorism investigation.”3
  • A person accused of serious wrongdoing has the right to know what he has been accused of, to offer evidence in his defense, and to be judged by a jury. A constitutionally protected right cannot be taken away on the basis of a secretive or unsubstantiated accusation. A judge should be allowed to consider evidence which may support the innocence of the accused.
  • S. 34 and H.R. 1506 are aimed primarily at law-abiding American gun owners. Ninety-five percent of watchlisted persons are already prohibited from acquiring firearms in the U.S., because they are not U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens. (See below.)
  • NICS already checks the relevant portion of the watchlist, and denies firearms to watchlisted persons who are prohibited from possessing firearms. Tellingly, S. 34’s and H.R. 1506’s sponsors could not name a single gun crime committed by a watchlisted person who purchased a firearm after passing a NICS check. (See below.)
  • As D.C.’s and Chicago’s handgun bans have proven, prohibiting the possession of firearms doesn’t stop criminals from illegally acquiring them.
  • There would be an enormous potential for abuse, if the FBI were given arbitrary power over a constitutionally-protected right. This would be true even if the FBI had an unblemished record where civil rights are concerned.

Now, the NYDN calls LaPierre a terrorist for wanting to ensure our rights under the Constitution are upheld.  One has to wonder — what other rights would the NYDN like taken away without due process?


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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