The Second Amendment’s Big Year

  • 28 December 2016
  • NormanL
The Second Amendment’s Big Year

2016 was a big year for the Second Amendment.  Not only did an avowed supporter of the fundamental right win the presidency, but anti-gun rights groups suffered a number of political and legal setbacks during the year.

But one of our favorite stories came courtesy of media personality Katie Couric, whose self-styled documentary on gun violence was yanked from the air, and sent straight to a courtroom:

A…Virginia gun-rights group [The Virginia Citizens Defense League] filed suit claiming the documentary was deceptively edited to make them look like a bunch of idiot mouth-breathers.

However, raw audio of the interview between Katie Couric and the activists provided to the Washington Free Beacon shows the scene was deceptively edited. Instead of silence, Couric’s question is met immediately with answers from the activists. A back and forth between a number of the league’s members and Couric over the issue of background checks proceeds for more than four minutes after the original question is asked.

Couric issued a "sorrynotsorry" apology about the editing and the media pretended she had really apologized. The documentary was pulled from the EPIX website, although a spokesperson for the cable station claimed it was due to a pre-established distribution agreement. Good riddance.

Indeed. But gun rights proponents should not rest on their laurels. The left will not surrender on this issue in 2017 (or ever), and friends of the Second Amendment will have plenty of work to do to protect the gains they have made.