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Media Underplays Successful Defensive Gun Use

Burying the lede when a law-abiding gun owner is the hero.

Paul Hsieh


July 24, 2012 - 12:00 am
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We do know that the Aurora murders will reignite the political debate over gun rights and gun control.

And if journalists allow their biases against defensive gun use to color their reporting, they do the rest of us a grave disservice. It’s wrong for reporters to highlight the criminal misuses of firearms while underreporting the thousands (if not millions) of honest defensive gun uses each year in America.

Americans deserve journalists who will tell the truth — and the whole truth — about defensive gun use.

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Paul Hsieh, MD, is a member of the Colorado chapter of Docs4PatientCare ( and co-founder of Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine (
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