Opinion: Washington Times Gun Editorial Causes Panic in Right-Wing Crazy Town

March 18, 2009

(ChattahBox)–A Washington Times editorial in today’s paper, provocatively claims: “Obama secretly ends program that let pilots carry guns.” This editorial has the right wing Blogosphere all in a tizzy. The likes of NRA members, second Amendment groups, Sean Hannity fans, crazed conspiracy theorists and other assorted fringe-elements, came out from under their survival bunkers today, predicting an end to civilization, as we know it and a descent into communism, with Marxism and Socialism thrown in for good cause.

The fact is though, once you get past the glaring title, the editorial is pretty much devoid of any facts. Instead, it is filled with second and third hand reports from “unnamed flight officers,” claiming they are being “harassed” and receiving “threats” from the Transportation Security Administration for any criticism of the pilot gun approval process.

The rabidly conservative Washington Times, founded by Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon, is not known for its journalistic ethics, to say the least. The editorial, breathlessly claiming some super-secret plan of President Obama’s goes on to conclude: “Obama is quietly ending the federal firearms program, risking public safety on airlines in the name of an anti-gun ideology.”

It bases this conclusion on the recent move by the Obama administration to use $2 million dollars from the pilot training program to hire additional supervisory staff, which will conduct field inspections of pilots. Holy smokes! A pilot training and field inspection program in the right-wing worldview, is apparently the same thing as a secret plan to ban guns on airplanes. Who knew?

The Times also reports that the pilot, gun approval process has “slowed significantly,” and horrors of horrors, apparently Federal Flight Deck Officers are suffering from “trumped up” administrative charges brought against them by the liberal Obama administration.

Additionally, it is said, Obama is pandering to “only anti-gun extremists and terrorist recruits,” by his secret plot to ban pilots from carrying guns on planes.

At least the over zealous second amendment gang can keep themselves busy today. Maybe do a little Spring-cleaning of their ammo bunkers. Get ready for some crazy-talk on an upcoming Glenn Beck program.


Comments

12 Responses to “Opinion: Washington Times Gun Editorial Causes Panic in Right-Wing Crazy Town”

  1. Richard on March 19th, 2009 7:13 am

    Nice photoshop there. Too bad the proportions are all wrong.

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  3. Bill on March 19th, 2009 12:26 pm

    Well Sue, if you think the 80 million citizens that own 200 million firearms are a “fringe group”, you really are completely out of touch with reality. Please check in to the nearest mental health facility.

  4. Walter Ego on March 19th, 2009 12:51 pm

    Even as a liberal, I would hope they don’t plan on changing the program allowing pilots to carry hand guns. Not all supporters of this are ‘gun crazies’, and your photoshop image gives the impression the author might have something against the pilot carry program? If we can trust him to pilot a 747 with our family in it, I would hope we can trust him with a hand gun!

    That being said, anything attached to Sun Myung Moon is probably a crock of shit and the NRA appears to be reaching for SOMETHING to boost membership!

  5. johnq on March 19th, 2009 2:13 pm

    “The likes of NRA members, second Amendment groups, Sean Hannity fans … and other assorted fringe-elements…” I am not a fringe element. I am an American, born and raised.

  6. Sue on March 19th, 2009 3:14 pm

    Thank you for all the comments. I’m glad my post promoted some dialogue.

    The point of my article was not to criticize TSA’s Federal Flight Deck Officers program. With proper training and safeguards in place, I think armed pilots and others add another insulation of needed safety on our airplanes. That being said, the Washington Times editorial I criticized, is based on innuendo and comments from unnamed third-parties with a little bit of Obama smearing and fear mongering thrown in for good measure, designed to get the right-wing blogosphere in an uproar.

    My comments weren’t even directed towards the issue of guns on planes or even gun ownership. It was meant to shed the light on the Washington Time’s journalistic dishonesty and aversion to facts. This of course, is nothing new with the Washington Times. Sure enough, the likes of Michelle Malkin and others jumped on this non-story yesterday in a heartbeat. In fact, the TSA and the Obama administration has no plans to abolish the Flight Deck Officers program and never has, but The Washington Times didn’t let that fact get in the way of a good smear piece.

    I don’t even have an issue with gun ownership. Anyone in this country who has a legal permit to carry a gun and behaves responsibly with its use, safeguarding it from children, I have no issue with. Many people enjoy the sport of hunting and even depend on the game for meals. And I do realize many own guns to protect themselves and their families.

    I’ll be honest though; what I really don’t get is why or even how, gun ownership has become equated in this country with political affiliation. Many people own guns across the political and social-cultural spectrum, so why do so many gun owners use owning a gun as some sort of badge of honor, using it as evidence of their conservatism? I truly believe the great vast western areas of our country and the southern states, which have many gun owners, contribute a lot more to our country as people and citizens, than just the fact that they own guns and are strong advocates of 2nd Amendment rights. Just a thought.

    And yes, I do have a problem with “fringe-elements” who watch the Glenn Beck program and others like it, hoarding their guns, waiting for the Apocalypse or worse, an invasion of Mexicans crossing our borders. These fringe-elements, lead by the likes of hate promoters Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh and others, need to step into the reality-based world with the rest of us. Our country is in serious trouble at the moment, and we all, (Red and Blue States) need to come together as one nation and stop the hate and fear mongering. The recession, and job losses affect all of us equally and doesn’t discriminate on political affiliation.

  7. Straight Shooter on March 19th, 2009 6:07 pm

    Well Sue . . .

    “The rabidly conservative Washington Times . . . . is not known for its journalistic ethics, to say the least” . . .

    Perhaps instead of just plying your not very thinly veiled anti-self defense rubric to ad hominem attacks on anyone to the right of Joseph Stalin, why don’t YOU practice what you preach and actually do some “investigative journalism” and find out the truth about these claims . . . otherwise, I’d say you pretty much fall into the same camp that you claim the Times is in, i.e. you are nothing but “wind.” You certainly have not added anything note worthy or informative to the story . . all you have done here is rant and vent your “rabid” left wing hatred of the right . . . do you call that “ethical?” Not to mention “productive.”

  8. Dennis on March 19th, 2009 6:51 pm

    “Anyone in this country who has a legal permit to carry a gun ” As in: permission from the government to exercise our unalienable rights? What other rights shall we beg the government to use?

    ” These fringe-elements, lead by the likes of hate promoters Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh and others, need to step into the reality-based world with the rest of us.” Sounds like you want them to compromise & join you. What will you compromise? And what of the left fringe-elements lead by their hate promoters Soros, Pelosi, Ward Churchill, Sarah Brady, Barney Frank, Reid, et al ? Will you expect them to compromise?

  9. bugmenot on March 19th, 2009 9:24 pm

    You know, if you have to claim that you aren’t a fringe nut-case, then you probably *are*.

    Those of you criticizing Sue’s post could not have missed the point worse even if you had blindfolded yourselves. This blog post is clearly (to anyone with at least an elementary school reading comprehension level) pointing out that the article published by the moonie times is utter crap. Which happens to be utterly true.

    To turn around and say that Sue was criticizing the gun program just goes to show that you don’t know how to read (or, alternately, that you are a fringe nut-case who believes that anyone not in full lock-step with your opinions is therefore your enemy).

  10. Straight Shooter on March 21st, 2009 10:02 am

    Bugmenot –

    I’ll tell you what . . . I’ll accept the moniker of “gun-nut” (because yes, I do like them and the freedom they represent in our nation) . . . as long as you and Sue accept the moniker of “anti-gun nut” . . . because that is what you are. You want to overinflate the bad uses of guns in our society (which is really bad people using a useful tool in a bad way) while completely ignoring the benefits that firearms provide to society, which, in truth, far outweighs the potential for harm they might have for evil use. So . . . bugmenot . . . per your choice of inflamatory, ad hominen terms, you indeed are also a “fringe nut-case.”

  11. Sue2 on March 24th, 2009 1:07 pm

    Straight Shooter
    Actually, neither Bugmenot nor Sue stated that they were, 1. against guns, or
    2. ignoring the fact that firearms do have some merit. Per Sue, “…I don’t even have an issue with gun ownership. Anyone in this country who has a legal permit to carry a gun and behaves responsibly with its use, safeguarding it from children, I have no issue with. Many people enjoy the sport of hunting and even depend on the game for meals. And I do realize many own guns to protect themselves and their families.”
    So, where’s the outrage?
    The point of the piece is that a newspaper, founded by Rev. Moon, had an editorial with no facts stated. Without given facts, some people exploded into a ‘they’re a ‘comin fer my guns’ frenzy.
    That is the point of this piece.
    Even Fox ran a story about its fallacy, and the editorial in question mysteriously disappeared from the Washington Times site.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/03/18/federal-officials-deny-report-pilot-gun-program-end/

    If the point alluded to someone like yourself, well then, point made.

  12. Sue on March 25th, 2009 7:27 pm

    Thank you for all the great comments.

    Bugmenot and Sue2 you are spot on! The whole point of my piece was to highlight the Moonie Times’ shoddy journalism and aversion to the facts. How interesting that the editorial has now disappeared from its online website. When even the likes of Fox News debunks a Moonie Times story/editorial, that can’t be good news.

    Straight Shooter and Dennis: No one is coming after your guns, so you can rest easy tonight. And. can you please come up with some other freedoms and benefits we all enjoy in this great country besides the right to bear arms? What about Freedom of Speech? Freedom of Religion?

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