Stacy Washington: Hysteria over gun ownership has devolved into NRA Derangement Syndrome

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  1. Grady

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    Guns in the Media - Stacy Washington

    As all of you may be aware, recently Stacy Washington was recently "Fired" by the St. Louis Dispatch for her views and support of the NRA.

    Here is the Fox News Opinion Article , written by Ms. Washington, that discusses why she "left" the Post.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017...s-devolved-into-nra-derangement-syndrome.html

    Stacy Washington: Hysteria over gun ownership has devolved into NRA Derangement Syndrome

    There is no better place on earth to be a gun owner than the United States. Let me explain that bit of patriotic fervor; I’m an Air Force veteran and fourth generation military veteran, married to… you guessed it, a veteran. Being pretty open about what is important is a crucial part of being in media, which is why as a radio host I often share that; I’m a Jesus lover, family first chick who proudly supports the NRA as a member and gun owner. Being open and out there with a social media presence was part of the reason that the St. Louis Post Dispatch asked me to “balance their opinion editorial page” by writing a weekly column last fall.

    On April 28, my column “
    Guns and the media
    ” appeared online and in print after going through our weekly routine of submission via email, editing and approval by the opinion editor.

    The column was a strong defense of law abiding gun owners and members of the National Rifle Association from a spurious comparison to the Islamic State. Later that same day email notice of my column’s suspension was sent. Apparently being an open supporter of the NRA, gun owner, marksman qualified Air Force veteran and regular television and radio pundit weren’t enough disclosure for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. After a number of email exchanges made it clear that the truth wasn’t what the editor was after, I chose to terminate the contract.

    This is yet another example of the often unhinged and unexplainable tendency of the left to demonize guns and gun owners regardless of how factually unsupportable the claims may be.

    Each day gun owners work, eat, pray, worship, and otherwise move freely about the country with people who do not own guns.

    “Guns and the media” called print journalists to account for guest columns that appeared in two different newspapers. In the St. Louis American, a weekly paper distributed in the St. Louis metro area, a guest columnist wrote, “Gun owners love their guns more than they love their children.” This is a demonstrably false generalization that a good editor would have refused to print. Instead of allowing this blanket insult towards millions of law abiding American gun owners the editor should have worked through the writing process to assist the writer to honestly present a perspective about children killed in separate incidents around the country.

    The second item appeared in the Columbia Missourian and was written by a Missouri State University journalism school professor emeritus. In his column titled, “The NRA's influence is a danger to us all.” Professor George Kennedy compared NRA members to the Islamic State. Of course this isn’t factually supportable, nor does it advance the cause of constructive dialogue among readers. It serves only to inflame and alienate anyone who owns a firearm or has membership in the NRA.

    Do either of these two writers realize that they are constantly interacting with people who own firearms? Each day gun owners work, eat, pray, worship, and otherwise move freely about the country with people who do not own guns.

    If we were really anything even remotely akin to the Islamic State (with roughly 360 million guns in this country) there would be a constant internecine war every day in every location. Surely Professor Kennedy knows this, and if not, then a lunch meeting with an ISIS member would certainly disabuse him of the idea.

    If these two columns were isolated incidents simply calling them out would suffice. Yet, they aren’t. There is a total lack of self-awareness present in the idea that by appearing on television, or guest hosting for NRA programs, my assertion that NRA members are not like ISIS somehow becomes false. And let’s not forget the double standard: there is no chance that a comparison of abortion supporters to ISIS would ever have made it to print.

    If the left wants a discussion on guns they must begin by getting out of their feelings and into facts. We are beyond tired of the hysterics.

    Stacy Washington is host of the "Stacy on the Right Show," broadcast on Urban Family Talk Monday through Friday from 2-3pm in St. Louis, Missouri. Click here for more.

    Stacy Washington is host of the "Stacy on the Right Show," broadcast on Urban Family Talk Monday through Friday from 2-3pm in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Here is a pretty good article/video interview where she has a chance to defend her position:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corne...fter-being-suspended-her-column-defending-nra

    I find it interesting that the only other major new outlets that have a story about the subject is The Washington Post and the New York Times. Nothing on CNN, AP News. The St Louis Post-Dispatch has even removed the article.

    Yet another attack on a law abiding gun carrying freedom loving American.

    THE CORNER THE ONE AND ONLY. WATCH: Stacy Washington on Why She Quit After Being Suspended For Her Column Defending the NRA

    Stacy Washington is a nationally syndicated radio host who wrote a regular column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch — until two weeks ago. She wrote a column defending the NRA (now behind a pay wall) and discussing the lack of opinion diversity on certain issues in the media. She was soon notified that she was being suspended for not disclosing that she had previously worked for the NRA. As Stacy explains in the interview below, she has never been paid to work for the NRA — and there are plenty of other reasons why her suspension was unwarranted. She soon decided she’d rather resign, which led to a flood of media giving her a platform to discuss the real meat of her controversial column. She tells the whole story today in our Facebook Live interview, as well as informs us about her work with Project 21 and a few great book suggestions to boot. Enjoy the interview:
     
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    Read it earlier today on a news feed! Good article by an obviously highly educated woman!
     
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    Well AH folks that take that news paper might consider not doing so anymore.
    I stopped taking the Kansas City Star several years ago because of it's left leaning bent. It had become less of a newspaper and more of just a mass advertisement. I suspect the St Louis paper is similar.
     
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    All newspapers in this country are run by liberals or former left wing big shots. Gun owners and hunters stand absolutely no chance of getting a fair shake. Just look at how they are trying to undermine the President. Liberals cannot get over they the election. I fear it will only get worse. Trump needs to surround him with Highly experienced Washington know it's. If this was done to O bama ( I hate even typing the name) all hell would have broken loose in his name. Sad really sad.
     
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    The newspaper print the article and distribute the newspaper. Probable got some Flack from readers or owners and now they suspend the her. The newspaper must suspend the editor and not the writer, he approved the article so it got his approval.
     
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    We have the same problem in Australia.
    Do-gooder, bleeding heart, left wing media who are experts in everything.
    They seem to gravitate to the print, audio,and tv media.
    Suggest people stop buying that particular newspaper. Nothing like hard core economics to get the message out there.
     
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