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NRA Double Standard On Terror On Display Following Barcelona, Charlottesville

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NRA Double Standard On Terror On Display Following Barcelona, Charlottesville


Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.


The National Rifle Association’s live news show Stinchfield issued a “terror alert” following terrorist van attacks in Spain, in which ISIS supporters drove vans into crowds at two locations, killing 14 and injuring more than 100 people. But the show has yet to mention the events of August 12 in Charlottesville, VA, where a neo-Nazi plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing activist Heather Heyer and wounding 19 others.

Since the terror in Charlottesville, Stinchfield — which consists of five daily updates at the top of the hour on weekdays starting at 9 a.m. EST — has run 21 segments totalling approximately 210 minutes of airtime without mentioning the attack in Virginia.

During its 9 a.m. update on August 18, Stinchfield used the tragedy in Spain to push right-wing talking points. During the broadcast, a “terror alert” appeared on the screen, which the NRA show has displayed after other attacks.

Recounting the details of the attack, host Grant Stinchfield said to NRATV correspondent Chuck Holton, “All of this, though, reminds me, Chuck, of the lessons we can learn here in America, which is open borders are very dangerous, the terrorists will certainly exploit it. We have that situation going on in Europe with the open borders. And the other is political correctness.”

He continued, “In Europe, they are so afraid to offend anyone when it comes to keeping people safe. And so you combine those two things together, and this is what’s going to happen in places like Europe, and I’m afraid, Chuck, in America as well.”

During the segment, Holton criticized Spain’s gun laws (falsely claiming that “people are not allowed to have guns here”) and Stinchfield called on “patriotic Muslims” to “infiltrate” terror cells in the United States and in Europe.

Stinchfield routinely uses terror attacks in Europe to push right-wing talking points and promote gun ownership. Following the bombing at Manchester Arena in May, Holton claimed that the U.K. “has had this coming for a long time” in part because of the country’s gun laws, and also blamed the attack on “gender-bending,” “multiculturalism,” and open borders for refugees. Following the March vehicle and knife attack at London Bridge, Stinchfield said, “This attack should serve as a reminder of how important our gun rights are here in America.”

Beyond the double standard about what types of terror warrant mention on Stinchfield, the lack of coverage of Charlottesville stands out more within the context of the NRA being widely criticized earlier this year for releasing an ad that critics said encouraged violence against left-wing protesters.

Both of these tragedies call for widespread media coverage, but Stinchfield is making a very conspicuous choice to only commentate on one.




  1. Independent1 August 19, 2017

    Where are the NRA gun nuts with all their lies and fabricated studies that claim more guns will make people safer??

    Fact is, where there are more guns, there will be more mass shootings and deaths. Just because these European countries suffer a mass shooting once in a great while, a fraction of the mass shootings that occur in America, is no evidence whatsoever that owning more guns will provide more security!! The suggestion of such is just the NRA ‘s biggest lie!!!!!

    And Australia has proven that!! By buying back all the assault weapons and such more than 15 years ago, there hasn’t been a mass shooting in Australia since!!

    Do more guns lead to less crime?

    Or maybe you think it’s unrealistic to think that guns can be kept out of the hands of those intent on harm so it’s best you have one, too.

    To this, Australia makes an interesting case study. After a mass shooting that killed 35 people there, coincidentally in New Town, the big hunting nation outlawed assault rifles, semiautomatic rifles and even shotguns.The government bought back 650,000 of them at a profit to the gun owners It hasn’t had a mass shooting in the 15 years since.


  2. bobnstuff August 20, 2017

    You are safer in the EU the you are in the US. A male 18 to 24 is safer fighting in a war zone then he is at home. and furniture kills more people in the US then terrorists. The thing that I find most telling is gun owners are 4 times more likely to get shot then non gun owners.

  3. johninPCFL August 20, 2017

    After trying since the early 1990s, terrorists finally managed to kill as many Americans as their friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and spouses do EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

    And to top it off, they accomplished their feat using an American Nazi! Using an ISIS-aping technique at a Nazi rally, an American Nazi uses a car to try and kill other Americans.


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