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Response to Dumbfounded Dad

Quite a few people have written to tell me about an advice column in the Chicago Tribune, so full of gun nonsense and distortion it was hard to believe the paper ran it, or columnist Amy's hopelessly ignorant reply.

Personal Defense World magazine asked me to draft a reply, which they just published.

https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/2019/06/dear-amy-legal-gun-ownership

If you have any doubt about a total lack of knowledge or overwhelming bias concerning guns at the Trib, you can abandon that now. Pretty much similar to other legacy media outlets. "Dumbfounded Dad" begins:

This week I discovered that my intelligent, hard-working,responsible 24-year-old daughter (who lives with me) is a gun owner! And it's not a normal gun either — it is a 40 caliber semi-automatic, and she has hollow point bullets. Amy, this is the kind of weapon a criminal would possess!

Amy's response piles on ignorance and fabrication like gasoline on a wildfire. Hollowpoint ammo explodes. It gets worse. Read the reply.

The ethical lapse this represented is a subject I'll be speaking about at the annual Mensa conference here in Phoenix in July (invitation only). If you'd like me to speak about "Enforcing News Media Ethics" for your group or event please get in touch. I can send you the forum outline.

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