UPDATE: Reporter responded to my last message and acknowledged the point and asked for statistics on teenage gun ownership. I send link to my recent post about average age of gun ownership, and noted that 4 in 10 American gun owners (37% to be precise) first owned a gun when they were under 18-years-old.
I was contacted today by a freelance journalist for The New York Times who sometimes writes about gun issues. His request:
One of the editors asked me to come up with story ideas about guns so I am reaching out to bloggers and experts like you to see if you have any thoughts on what stories the media might be missing. Are there, in your opinion, important issues or perspectives about the gun debate that the media is not reporting?
I responded at some length, but the gist of my response was:
If there is resistance to efforts to restrict firearms, it is due not just to the NRA throwing its weight around. It is also due to the fact that guns and gun owners are by and large normal, not pathological.
Thank you very much for your response, but I am not sure if this is anything new. The fact that most gun owners are not pathological is something that has been reported many, many times before. Let me know if you have any other thoughts. I am still looking. Thanks!
I guess it depends on how you define many, many. Certainly nowhere near as many times as the negative aspects of guns have been reported. Where, for example, are the stories about all the normal rifle owning teenagers in America to go along with the OMG 18 year olds can buy ARs(!!!!!) stories? Has that been reported many, many times before? I haven’t seen one story like that, though I may have missed them, admittedly. Good luck.
Am I being dense here? I honestly have not seen any stories about the normality of people who own AR-style rifles or the normality of teenagers owning rifles. I posted about the fact that 18-year-olds can and do own rifles just this morning because of all the to-do about this in the media.
If you have seen any news stories in the New York Times about gun owners being normal — without the usual “yeah, but…”, please link to them in the comments, thanks.