Friday, March 29, 2013

Fox Interviews Man Who Showed Up At Gun Safety Rally With Loaded Assault Rifle — Doesn’t Mention Or Show Gun

On Thursday, several men with assault rifles and hand guns crashed a Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns National Day to Demand Action event in Indianapolis, Indiana and stood silently as the state chapter of Moms Demand Action held a rally in favor of limiting the availability of military style weapons and universal background checks.

WTHR, the local NBC affiliate, covered the story extensively, featuring an interview with one of the armed men and footage of a heated exchange between gun safety advocates and gun proponents. “To me, it’s normal,” one of the men told WTHR, before admitting that he was carrying a loaded weapon. “Any weapon that’s not loaded is just a rock or a club,” he said.


But surprisingly, Indianapolis’ Fox affiliate, WXIN, omitted any mention of the loaded firearms, focusing instead on the demands of the gun advocates. The station even spoke to one of the men carrying a weapon but framed the shot from the neck up so as to avoid showing the gun dangling from his chest. Watch the two stories:

Hoosiers wishing to carry a weapon must undergo a background check, but the state “does not enter the names of dangerously mentally ill people into a federal database used for background checks on gun buyers.” Indiana does not prohibit assault weapons or place limits on magazine capacity.

The Fox affiliate did not return ThinkProgress’ request for comment. The local CBS and ABC affiliates did not feature the story on their evening news broadcasts.

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