There was no guarantee Frank Stelmach would talk to me. The owner of Double Tap Shooting Range and Gun Shop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he’d been featured in an anti-AR-15 article written by Gersh Kuntzman (shown) of New York’s Daily News. And Stelmach sounded none too happy hearing from yet another journalist. “It would be nice if journalists would write what you actually say!” complained Stelmach on the phone. Concerned that this once-bitten, twice-shy man might hang up on me, I quickly chimed in, “I’m pro-gun. I’m on the other side.” Stelmach then asked, “How can I know you’re really pro-gun?” I offered to send him a number of my Second Amendment-oriented articles, and he later was kind enough to speak to me.
Stelmach was right to be wary. In the wake of the horrible Orlando massacre — in which an “AR-15-type rifle” (it was a Sig Sauer MCX, to be precise) as the media put it, was used by Muslim terrorist Omar Mateen — the Daily News has been front and center agitating against such weapons (The paper’s June 13 cover, referring to the Orlando massacre, shamelessly read “THANKS, NRA”). And it appears that Kuntzman misrepresented the gun-shop owner’s words, though perhaps not nearly as much as the News has misrepresented the firearms.
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