Image by Boch. Base image via NY Post.

America’s mainstream media, daily newspapers in particular, have done a very effective job alienating their mainstream American readers. Doubt that? Look at their sagging circulation numbers or the number of remaining publications. Or the layoff announcements.

Now the remaining ink-stained wretches at the New York Post appear to be going all in to keep the decline of dead tree journalism rolling. In the aftermath of shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, they published an op-ed demanding a nationwide ban on semi-automatic firearms. They’ve since changed that to a plea to ‘get weapons of war off America’s streets.’

The Post, New York City’s “conservative” paper whose own (former) staffers say is “dying,” has opted to advocate for making America’s favorite rifle illegal. And many more just like it, along with the most common type of handguns sold in America.

Springfield Armory 1911 TRP 10mm
This is a “weapon of war” (Dan Thurs for TTAG)

Will the Post soon come out for a prohibition on America’s favorite pastime of baseball and apple pie as well in future editions? Time will tell.

The paper’s lame screed (an apparent attempt to retain some relevancy) will not sit well with most Americans.

Eight slain in Atlanta, now 10 in Boulder. Your town could be next. Can the nation finally do something about weapons of war on our streets?

Even though Joe Biden’s team tyranny can’t stop a lone social misfit who can’t find a girlfriend in Atlanta or a hot-tempered Syrian refugee from committing atrocities, the Post wants to disarm the law-abiding, leaving more Americans vulnerable to nut jobs, terrorists and violent criminals.

Maybe if we banned cameras, we could prevent pornography, too. How well has the War on Drugs gone over the last 50 years? It would be interesting the hear the Post editorial board’s thoughts.

New York Post weapons of war
Courtesy New York Post

There’s more constitutional knuckle-dragging and mouth-breathing . . .

The New York Post does not see this as a conservative or liberal issue — it’s an issue of life and death. Curbing guns is what led to New York City’s three-decade reduction in murders. And, sadly, it’s the dismissal of that progress that has led to a rise in shootings here. Outside the city, the toll of semi-automatic weapons is a sad litany of cities and schools: Newtown, Parkland, Aurora, Las Vegas. It’s a national shame.

Curbing guns led to a reduction in murders? Have the Post’s clueless clowns looked at gun sales and background check figures in the past thirty years? Or the sales records set last year?

America’s decades-long surge in civilian gun ownership and concealed carry permits coincided with a historic nationwide decline in violent crime. New York just came along for the ride. And don’t think the city’s strict gun laws has actually kept firearms out of the five boroughs, either.

The Post’s hacks who haven’t yet learned to code — but might want to start soon — go on to to proclaim that an AR pattern firearm is “nothing that any civilian needs to own.”

Do they mean civilians like Stephen Willeford? Or how about these civilians who used America’s favorite rifle to save innocent lives.

Kyle Rittenhouse skateboard Huber
Anthony Huber beating Kyle Rittenhouse, who is on the ground, with his skateboard during the riots in Kenosha, WI.

Perhaps the NY Post meant civilians like Kyle Rittenhouse?

Or do they mean civilians like America’s police officers who use AR-15 rifles on a daily basis to defend their lives and other innocents? If “weapons of war” have no place on America’s streets, why should law enforcement officers have them in their cars?

Here’s another choice quote from the Post’s editorial . . .

When they enshrined the Second Amendment, the Founding Fathers could not have conceived of high-capacity magazines. Hunting and home protection are one thing — but what civilian needs an AR-15?

Really? The first ten amendments to the US Constitution are called the ‘Bill of Rights’ not the ‘Bill of Needs.’ Furthermore, the Post’s protection under the First Amendment to print its bilge exists to this day even though the Founding Fathers surely never conceived of high-speed printing presses or the Internet.

The Post’s brain trust has some thoughts on how a good “assault weapons” ban should be written . . .

Start by writing an assault-weapon ban that focuses on firepower — rate of fire, muzzle velocity, and so on.

That’s a recipe for outlawing all semi-automatic firearms including handguns.

Fortunately, the Post is just another dying dead tree publication. They don’t make laws and their editorials also have a steeply declining amount of influence on public opinion. That’s what results from having fewer employees, less advertising and fewer subscribers.

Maybe the Post should be more concerned with its long, continued decline in readership and revenue. After all, there’s a lot of truth to the expression, “get woke, go broke.”

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