Self Defense Banquet Was Superb
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 4, 2004
Contact: Felicity Bower 1-800-707-4020
Nearly 400 Attend Self Defense
Banquet, Most Are Armed
Food Service Very Slow But Waiters All Still Alive
"Safest room in town"
Popular lie about 'dangers of armed public' proven false yet again
All 3 networks refuse to show value of self defense,
Arizona Republic a no-show too
Lives saved, crimes stopped, news media a virtual blackout
The President of the United States sent a personal welcome to the guests.
VIPs from Washington D.C., Seattle, Alaska, Texas and more traveled
to join in recognition of people who are alive today because Americans
have, and have always had, the right to keep and bear arms. It was a
joyous celebration of life, on the 10th anniversary of Arizona's self-defense
law, which allows citizens with permits to discreetly carry a concealed
weapon. Roughly half the attendees wore sidearms openly, in traditional,
legal, Arizona style.
Despite unusually long waits for dinner at the back of the huge Shrine
Auditorium banquet hall, staff was treated courteously, the maitre de
was pleased, and everyone had an excellent prime rib dinner and a good
time. Several piles of cash from the event were counted openly in the
hall without incident. "It's the safest room in town," said
one of the guests.
Numerous advanced notices went by
email, fax and telephone to local news outlets, but they shunned the
event, preferring instead to give coverage to weekend stories about
Michael Moore ticket sales and dog grooming. Notable exceptions included
the Chicago Tribune and National Public Radio, both of whom sent reporters.
The NPR story will likely air nationally on Tuesday, 10/5, on All Things
Considered (generally between 3-5 p.m. Arizona time, schedules may change).
An inside source indicates The Cartridge Family Band will get some airplay.
A date for the Tribune story has not been set.
[Note: The Tribune story ran and is posted here,
with commentary. NPR decided not to run the story when East Coast brass
learned it presented guns in a good light. "We only do hit pieces
on guns," an insider revealed, on condtiion of anonymity.]
"It was a stellar event," said Alan Korwin, publisher of Bloomfield
Press and one of the event organizers. "People got choked up when
they heard the tension-filled dramas of fellow citizens in the room,
who were there only because they had a gun when they needed it most."
The Human Right of Self Defense Award recipients included a legislator,
a school teacher, a disabled Air Force veteran, a 72-year-old grandmother,
and two shopkeepers. Their stories will be posted soon at gunlaws.com
under the New Stuff button, along with the text of the President's personal
letter to the gathering.
Other states are currently planning similar events, but organizers remain
skeptical about the possibility of news coverage. Economist John Lott,
who tabulated TV news coverage provided by ABC, CBS and NBC in 2001,
found 190,000 words about criminal misuse of guns, and not one single
word about guns used in preventing crimes or saving lives -- hardly
the unbiased coverage the networks want people to believe they provide.
In cold contrast, a recent anti-gun-rights demonstration in Phoenix
attracted about a dozen protesters, and all three networks sent camera
The most highly regarded study of legitimate defensive gun use shows
2.5 million such occurrences, by the public, per year. In 13 other studies,
several by anti-gun-rights groups, researchers find between 764,000
and 3.6 million self-defense events. An extensive report on decent gun
uses is in the works, and will be announced by email by Bloomfield Press
Is the news media doing a good job of reporting? The Society of Professional
Journalists Code of Ethics requires, "a fair and comprehensive
account of events..., thoroughness and honesty..., the diversity and
magnitude of the human experience, even when it is unpopular to do so...,
the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant...,"
and to "...give voice to the voiceless..." (posted at spj.org).
Even a casual observer can see why the news media is perceived as totally
biased and grossly unfair on the civil-rights issues of self defense
and the constitutional right to arms -- because they act that way.
P.S. Bloomfield Press is the largest publisher of gun-law books in the
country, founded in 1989. "Gun Laws of America" for police
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