The Huffington Post sent out an email to a portion of its subscriber list Wednesday that calls on readers to submit stories about gun deaths. The email only went to readers in California, a state that has stricter gun control laws than most others. The email, titled, “A Message From The Huffington Post,” says that the news and opinion site is working “on a project to document the impact of gun violence.” But HuffPo is evidently only documenting one side of the story.
The email claims that the Post has “tracked and recorded more than 2,240 deaths across America as a result of gun-related homicides and accidental shootings” since December 14, the day of the Newtown massacre. It has not tracked stories of people using firearms in self-defense.
The email says that the Post wants to hear from other people who have been affected by gun violence, and provides a phone number to call. It also provides an email address, to which anyone who claims to have been “affected by gun violence” can send their story.
The email is signed “The HuffPost Open Reporting Team.”
Nowhere in the email does the “HuffPost Open Reporting Team” call for anyone to share their story of how owning or using a gun saved their life, the lives of loved ones, or their property, despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of Americans experience that side of “gun violence” every year.