A recent ad has gotten him into trouble with the editorial board of the Tribune-Review. Too bad they get some very important details wrong. Details that completely undermine their argument.
First let's see what the braintrust wrote:
In one of the ads, a supposed common guy outfitted in a flannel shirt, seated on the tailgate of a pickup truck and touting “responsible” gun ownership, violates three fundamental rules of safe gun handling.Now...let's take a look at that ad (what, didn't they think anyone would check?)
As Emily Miller of The Washington Times first reported, the man, with children playing in the background, holds a shotgun in an unsafe position — to his side, when it should be either straight up or down.
Additionally, his finger appears to be on the trigger. Gun safety rules long promoted by that dastardly lobby known as the National Rifle Association (and every other safety group) call for the forefinger — the trigger finger — to point straight ahead, placed above the trigger guard, to prevent accidental firing.
Just as bad, the bolt, or “action,” of the pump-action shotgun being held is closed. Safety demands that a gun not ready to be fired not be loaded. And that's signified by an open action.
Luckily, Mediamatters has done all the work here. Here's the image that's so offended Scaife's braintrust.
Mediamatters, doing the reporting work that should have been done at the Trib (I guess they decided not to do it - gee, I wonder why), found another image of the same weapon and the same guy. Here it is:
You might have to dl the images to see them clearer. But see that? You can see there the trigger is in that second image. Note where it is in relation to the rest of the weapon. Now take a look at the man's index finger in the top image.
Point being, it's no where near the trigger.
And yet, our friends in the Braintrust said "it appears to be" there.
They must not have checked for themselves. OR THEY DID and decided to lie to you anyway.
So which is it? Incompetence or dishonesty?
There's another part of the story that Mediamatters tells us (but Braintrust doesn't). Here's the Washingtontimes article that's the source of this "story."
And here's what the author says about that weapon being loaded:
The third NRA safety rule is always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. This means a situation in which the gun is available for immediate use — such as when hunting and a deer could step out at any time or when the firearm is safely stored but ready for quick self-defense as needed.Now go back and read what the Braintrust said about this "loaded" weapon. They certainly want you to think that it's loaded, don't they? And yet the very same article they're sourcing tells us that there's no way to know whether it is.
In the ad called “Family,” the man says that, “My dad taught me to hunt, and I’ll teach my kids. I’ve owned a gun all my life, and I’ll fight for my right to keep it.”
While saying this, he holds the pump-action shotgun with the action (bolt) closed, so it is impossible to know if it is loaded. [Emphasis added.]
Didn't they check? And if they did, why didn't they tell you?
Again, which is it - incompetence or dishonesty?