Newsweek reporter Nina Burleigh made a comment over the weekend that ended up landing her a significant portion of egg on her face with the gun rights crowd.
Burleigh apparently made the claim that anyone who owns an AR-15 is a mass murderer, an idiotic sentiment that riled up supporters of the Second Amendment who in turn roasted her for the comment.
No AR-15 owner she’s met, Burleigh said, has been anything short of a mass murderer.
If all fifteen million legal AR-15 owners are, indeed, mass murderers, it’s absolutely shocking that there aren’t multiple mass murders per day.
The math didn’t occur to Burleigh, however, or the fact that a vast majority of AR-15 owners are hunters, target shooters, and former members of the military who wanted to take home a small piece of military technology. The vast majority of AR-15 owners are also, of course, not homicidal maniacs.
Twitter quickly schooled Burleigh on her privilege.
I know multiple people who own AR-15’s, and none of them has ever shot anyone, much less committed mass murder. I have met one mass murderer, however, but he was a doctor in my town who did about 50 abortions a day. Guess not all murder is committed with a gun.
— Kelly J (@Calla_Lily_85) November 19, 2018
Since when did Twitter become an accurate sample? Maybe we should pay for you to take a class in how to actually get accurate statistics. Honestly, I had a crash course in media bias over the past couple years – and you certainly are part of it. What happened to accuracy?
— Liberty Rainbow (SPL) (@siobhanphoenix) November 19, 2018
Hmm guess I'm a mass murderer. Thx for telling me.
— Marcia Brady (@somethingabtjen) November 19, 2018
That's because you haven't ever been around guns and dont understand them. You're just a follower of the rhetoric and scare tactics MSNBC uses. Educate yourself about what it is you want taken away from others
— Sergeant Miles (@sgt_doe) November 19, 2018
The AR-15 is the single most popular rifle in America. Millions of law abiding citizens own them for everything from target practice to hunting to home defense.
— Carlos Frazier (@CarlosFrazier_) November 19, 2018
Rather than listening to what other folks had to say about her tweet, Burleigh stated she ignored them and then went on to posit they replies were probably pro-NRA Russian bots. You can’t make this shenanigans up.
1/ In less than 24 hours this tweet got more than 4k replies. I don't read them and I assume the majority are pro @NRA Russian bots. Thanks for stepping up comrades! Ready to be checked by @SecureDemocracy @robhatlabs https://t.co/9HaAcgj2Bt
— Nina Burleigh (@ninaburleigh) November 18, 2018
The left consistently criticizes the right for having “echo chambers” and living in a bubble, rather than actually looking at the world from someone else’s perspective. And yet, here we have a leftist who is guilty of the same thing.
It’s a no-brainer that being in a bubble or echo chamber is not healthy. If you are so frightened that your worldview will not stand under scrutiny, that it could blow apart if challenged, then either your worldview is weak or you haven’t done an adequate amount of research to understand what you believe and why.
At the end of the day, this comment was beyond ignorant and was posted simply to garner a specific response from her supporters. It’s just a media talking head trying to stay relevant. Sad, but true.
Source: Daily Wire