NRA Claims Good Guy With Gun Saved Journalist In Baltimore; Journalist: Actually, It Was Gang Members

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It’s no secret that the National Rifle Association, America’s biggest and most noxious gun rights lobbying group, uses fear to sell firearms. Sometimes, that means intentionally playing on racial tension. Sometimes on imaginary government tyranny. But almost always by exploiting national tragedies.

After the people of Baltimore erupted in protest over the death of a black man who had his back broken while in police custody, the NRA pounced on the situation to promote guns as the very best safety blanket people can have. To illustrate the point, they cited a story written by conservative website Breitbart News that suggested a responsible gun owner had saved a journalist from a “mob of rioters.”

The NRA was so proud that they even shared the story on social media:

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Almost immediately, the clean, NRA-friendly narrative – shotgun-wielding good guy watches over helpless unarmed journalist – started to disintegrate under scrutiny.

When a curious reader asked Fenton directly what had happened, the Baltimore Sun journalist explained that it was actually a group of gang members, not a gun-toting shop keeper, that had come to his rescue.

.@AnnMarieAMG No. A group of gang members surrounded me, saying they were protecting me. The guy with shotgun was protecting his business

The inconvenient secret that the NRA probably doesn’t want you to know is that gang members have been instrumental in keeping the peace in Baltimore, not destroying it. In stark opposition to the baseless narrative floated by the Baltimore PD that claimed the Bloods and Crips had called a “truce” in order to coordinate attacks against police officers, the gangs have been working hard to quell rioting and looting.

Pearl-clutching NRA members outside of Baltimore probably assume criminal gangs are exploiting the riots to engage in violence and looting (that’s the story they’ve been spoonfed by right-wing echo chambers like Breitbart, after all), but those within the city are telling a different story. In fact, Baltimore’s City Council President Bernard Young even held a press conferences with some of the gang members to publicly thank them for their efforts to stop the violence.

He said it was “clear that the notion they were planning on harming our police officers is false and simply deterred the resources we needed to focus on the individuals who instigated these riots. I applaud these young men for standing here and speaking out for our city.”

That noise? It’s the sound of the wind rushing out of the NRA’s sails. If the NRA has demonstrated anything, it’s that the only thing scarier than nobody owning guns is black people owning them.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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