1 Mar 17

ND in France

Yesterday, a member of French President Francois Hollande’s security detail had an ND. Which of the agent’s weapons was involved is not clear.

Hollande was making a speech celebrating the opening of a high-speed rail terminal in the city of Villognon. The ND interrupted the speech and resulted in two injuries, one to the shooter himself, and a peripheral one to a bystander.

I don’t know enough detail to comment on the incident itself, but I will comment on the amazingly sloppy, error-filled, agenda-driven “news coverage.”

Says news reports:

“The safety catch on the gun failed”

“…a sniper’s pistol malfunctioned.”

“… he left the safety-catch on his service revolver off, and the gun went off by mistake”

The media always insists that the gun itself “malfunctioned” in some way, not because that view is supported by any evidence, but because they is what they want to believe. They want to believe, and they want us to believe, that modern guns precipitously discharge for no reason, as if they had a consciousness, personality, and will of their own.

When the media, in their willful ignorance, can’t get these simple details right, it makes you wonder how many other important details they so nonchalantly misrepresent.

If the media has any desire to regain even a modicum of the respect they’ve long-since rightfully lost, they need to start by learning at least a little about subjects upon which they so pseudo-sanctimoniously presume to report, and editorialize.

“You probably have some habit or practice that I would find disgusting. When your actions do not affect me, I will leave you in peace, especially when I know as little about the subject as you obviously do about firearms. I ask of you the same courtesy. I have owned and born firearms my entire life. I neither owe, nor offer, an apology. In addition, I resent being beaten with the same stick as with which real criminals should be beaten, and are not.”