The mass media and the alternative media both follow very predictable scripts in the wake of every mass shooting tragedy.  The first step is to quickly dig into the perpetrator’s background to find confirmation bias of ones own particular political ideology.  If you lean left, you want the shooter to be a tea-party member and Trump supporter.  If you lean right, you want him to be a registered democrat and Muslim, which Omar Mateen ironically was in the instance of the Pulse gay club shooting.  He was most likely a self loathing homosexual as well, but the point is that everyone rushes to prop up their own particular political ideology.

The New York Times and others seem almost as if they have scripts waiting on a hard drive, with stories, memes, pictures, and narratives pre-prepared to be rolled out in the aftermath of such tragedies.  No, I am not saying that these shootings are conspiracies of some kind, but simply pointing out that the press milks them for all they are worth.

Most of us are accustomed to reading non-sense in the press.  This cynicism is what has led to someone like Donald Trump being successful as a anti-media candidate.  People have so little faith in the press at this point that openly mocking and deriding journalists is seen as preferable while past candidates would seek to become the darling of major newspapers.  Whatever your thoughts are about Trump, it is not hard to understand why Americans are losing faith in our fourth estate.

On the non-sense side of reporting, Gersh Kuntzman at the the New York Daily News really took it to the next level.  New York City based newspapers are infamous for being anti-gun, so yet another slew of articles about how evil the NRA is in the wake of a mass shooting is unsurprising but Kuntzman goes above and beyond in his article titled: What is it like to fire an AR-15? It’s horrifying, menacing, and very very loud.

The Kuntzman opinion piece is filled with choice quotes, cringe worthy moments, and false information that is likely to make gun owners laugh, cry, and furious all at the same time.  The gist of it is this, Kuntzman found a gun shop in Philadelphia that would allow him to shoot a AR-15 with a camera crew present.  The author of the New York Daily News article described the experience as:

The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary form of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.

Frank Stelmach, apparently a European immigrant, who runs Double Tap Shooting Range and Gun Shop where Kuntzman had his first AR-15 experience is quoted as saying, “There should be expanded background checks — extending into your family, friends and associates…and there should be a mental health screening. In Europe, if you want to buy a gun, you have to see a doctor (for a psychiatric examination) to see if something’s not right.”

A quick check of the Double Tap Shooting Range and Gun Shop facebook page shows that they have very quickly distanced themselves from the Kuntzman article writing, “I can assure everyone that we do not support mental health screenings like they do in Europe and we don’t think that government officials should take away guns from people as it was portrayed in the article. Currently we are doing everything we can to take this article down because after reading it we are just as disgusted about it as all of you are.”