WaPo 'Fact-Checker' Cushions Gun Liar Pelosi
The Leftmedia's supposed fact-checkers are enabling the falsehoods they claim to be fighting against.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act made headway last week when the House approved the measure by a 231-198 vote. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sniped at Republicans for supporting concealed carry reciprocity, lamenting on Twitter, “Inviting violent criminals to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives. Inviting domestic abusers to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives. Inviting convicted stalkers to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives. Yet the @HouseGOP just voted to do exactly that #StopCCR.”
Pelosi’s disingenuous remark is irresponsible simply by virtue of common sense. In most states, there is a process for obtaining a concealed carry permit, and it’s akin to buying a firearm at your local gun dealer. Don’t pass a background check? Then you don’t get a permit. Some states even require training for a permit. But more to the point: Not a single armed criminal consults their state’s concealed carry law before deciding if they should carry a firearm. Democrats pretend the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is relevant to criminals when in reality it’s about giving lawful citizens equal protection no matter where they travel.
Nevertheless, Pelosi and her media darlings are portraying Republicans as criminal accomplices. According to Glenn Kessler at The Washington Post, his research revealed that Pelosi was referencing “information provided by Everytown for Gun Safety,” an anti-gun group, which helps explain the ridiculousness of her assertion. But after spending some 1,000 words laying out “The Facts” of the matter at hand, Kessler applies “The Pinocchio Test.” Sadly, his conclusion is likewise devoid of actual facts. “We wavered between Two and Three Pinocchios,” he says, “but ultimately settled on Three because her last line … is so over the top and exaggerated.”
Oh please. Her entire premise is over the top and exaggerated. It’s nothing but a lie. It deserved nothing short of Four Pinocchios — the Post’s maximum — yet Kessler was ultimately debating between giving her a 25% or 50% discount because she is, after all, a Democrat. What’s more absurd — Pelosi’s claim, or Kessler’s defense of it? You can be sure of one thing when it comes to today’s Leftmedia: These supposed fact-checkers are enabling the falsehoods they claim to be fighting against.