Maybe the media is getting the idea.[/quote:rt3wlfr1]1911packer said:After watching the treatment CBS46 gave the Kennesaw story last night, I sent them the following e-mail:
I received the following response today:As a long-time viewer of your news program, I am very disappointed in the misleading wording you used in your 8/21/07 11:00PM story on the repeal of the firearms ban in Kennesaw city parks.
First, they did not "pass a law," they repealed an ordinance.
The term "gun lovers" is both inaccurate and derogatory.
"Just about anyone" and "Anyone with a legally owned gun" is incorrect, misleading and not reporting the facts.
The only people allowed to bring firearms into the parks are the same people allowed to bring firearms into McDonalds, Home Depot, banks and on public streets. Those people are citizens carrying a Georgia Firearms License.
Before being issued a GFL, the applicant must pass a GBI background check, be fingerprinted, and clear a medical background check.
Not everyone with a "legally owned gun" possesses a GFL. Not everyone who choses to protect himself and his family is a "gun lover." Only about 2 percent of qualified citizens choose to obtain a GFL.
When you exclude felons, immigrants, minors and people who do not qualify to hold a GFL, the percentage of people allowed to carry a firearm in Kennesaw parks is nowhere near "just about anyone."
Finally, the reference to the sound of gunshots in the park was not only inflammatory, it bordered on yellow journalism.
Mr. Erbach, I hold the news team at CBS46 to a higher standard than this.
[quote:rt3wlfr1]Thanks for your note.
I agree with you 100%. I watched the story last night and had the same reaction and thoughts. I will meet with the reporter and the executive producer when they arrive this afternoon. I appreciate the time you took to write. I can learn a lot from our viewers.
I hope you will keep watching.
Since you have the dialog open, you might want to suggest they do an interest piece on what is required to legally carry a gun in Georgia.