Taylor’s gun pandering plays to false fears
I respond to the Sunday article “Up in arms.” The photograph leading the article of a man carrying a banner tells all: “Come and Take It.” These folks are motivated by fear, a fear cultivated by the National Rifle Association and pandering politicians such as Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.
Let’s be clear: No one, no matter how liberal, has advocated repeal of the Second Amendment or confiscation of privately owned guns. Taylor is playing on that cultivated fear among some gun owners and, in so doing, has become the poor man’s Sarah Palin, a stale SNL joke.
Any politician brandishing a weapon after the string of gun-death tragedies in this country is totally insensitive and should not hold any elected office. Taylor’s guntotin’ rant was dishonest, disingenuous and beneath contempt.
Joseph A. and Patricia Tatterson Lewis Center
Reliable polling shows that an overwhelming majority of journalists are registered Democrats and progressives, and it is just possible that their worldview may influence their reportage.
There have been some fairly significant retractions from supposedly reliable news sources over the past 14 months, news outlets which appear to be leaning increasingly left. The AP’s reporting (or lack thereof) of significant newsworthy stories since the inception of the Trump administration appears to lend credibility to conservative claims of “fake news.”
However, the AP story surely gives the impression that conservatives’ claims of “fake news” are themselves fake. I suppose one must always consider the source of any news and weigh the actual facts in order to accept or disregard its legitimacy.
Jim Viney Canal Winchester
John A. Backus Pickerington