Media Mashup: November 5, 2015

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Journalist Understands Second Amendment

Most of the people who work in the mainstream media have no knowledge of guns. They also lack a clear understanding of the Second Amendment and usually parrot the liberal view on gun control.

Ben Swann of CBS News in Atlanta did an intelligent report on the issue.

While explaining the Second Amendment, Swann pointed out the following:

“In short, the federalists—including men like John Jay, James Madison and George Washington—wanted the Second Amendment because they believed a strong federal government would be able to control a standing army.

“And the anti-federalists wanted it because it would mean every able-bodied man in America would be armed in the event that the federal government or America’s own standing army turned on its own people.

“I told you it’s a hard truth. And that is what you need to know.

“The Second Amendment is not about hunting, or even just defense of your own home. It was written by men who ultimately believed that governments and armies would turn on their own people.”

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Citizens Support Right To Bear Arms

Rasmussen Reports found that most people support the gun ownership. “Even as they worry the federal government is a growing threat to their rights, voters continue to strongly value their basic constitutional freedoms. They are even more supportive now than they have been in the past of their right to bear arms.

“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of Likely U.S. Voters now consider the right to bear arms important, with 54% who feel that right is Very Important. That compares to 68% who rated this constitutional right important three years ago when we first asked this question, including 49% who said it is Very Important.

Twenty-three percent (23%) consider the right to bear arms, which is at the heart of the national gun control debate, unimportant, but that includes only eight percent (8%) who say it’s Not At All Important.

Arms in Syria

Al-Monitor reports: “Russia does not seem to be replacing the ‘Iranian-Hezbollah axis’ in Syria but rather complementing and strengthening this axis. According to political commentator with Russia’s Kommersant publishing house Sergei Strokan, there now exists a ‘Russia, Iran, Hezbollah military triangle’ in Syria.”

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Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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