NY Daily News Writer Misrepresents His Visit to Gun Shop
Gersh Kuntzman probably thought he was onto something. In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, he decided to write a story about what it's like to shoot an AR-15. Sounds like an interesting story, right?
Well, unfortunately, Kuntzman reported his experiences by saying it felt like a "bazooka" and that the experience gave him a case of "temporary post-traumatic stress disorder."
Understandably, he got some backlash. Now, he's trying to argue that saying mean things to him in an email is censorship or something:
Besides, if masculinity is defined by the power to commit violence on a wide scale, I proudly choose femininity. At one time, “being a man” meant standing up for what you believe in -- and against injustice. By that definition, we need more real men in power taking on bullies like the NRA, which seeks to bolster the Second Amendment by shutting down opponents’ right to the First. We can’t even debate guns in this country, thanks to the gun lobby.
No one is stopping Kuntzman from speaking. However, when you speak, people have a tendency to use their own First Amendment rights to lash out. The First Amendment is a two-way street.
However, as with the Second Amendment, the First comes with some responsibilities.
This is particularly true for journalists. They have an obligation to not misrepresent the people they quote. Oh, it happens all the time, but it's not supposed to.
Kuntzman's original report appears to have blatantly misconstrued what the gun dealer said.