Oliver Willis had this post on the Virginia Tech shooting, in which he blamed the gun industry and the NRA for the carnage and linked to this MSNBC story.
I commented several times on OW's blog, pointing out how uneducated he was regarding firearms, hunting, etc. Something about the original MSNBC story never sat well with me, specifically this paragraph which contained a comment on hollow point bullets from a retired ATF agent:
Joseph Vince, a retired ATF agent, agrees.
"It's not something that you would need for home protection, because what you are trying to do is eliminate an immediate threat," Vince says. "The idea of killing is what this ammunition portrays to me."
Now, what struck me is that hollow points are actually perfect for self defense (and hunting, Oliver), since they expand immediately upon impact and do not exit the target. They are the best bullets to insure a clean and quick kill. Eugene Volokh points to the following explanation from wikipedia:
"[...]hollow point bullets are one of the most common types of civilian and police ammunition, due largely to the reduced risk of bystanders being hit by over-penetrating or ricocheted bullets, and the increased speed of incapacitation."
Now, I knew this to be the case... and I'm not exactly a firearms expert. Just an Eagle Scout who's had some time at the rifle range (as a youth and into adulthood) and been on several hunting trips. So, if I know the aspects of a hollow point bullet, why doesn't a retired ATF agent?
Well, a quick Google search of the retired ATF agent's name provided the answer in Wikipedia:
The American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA) is an association of hunters and shooters in the United States that was founded in 2005. As an advocacy group it presents itself as a force of moderation and "common sense" in the debate over gun politics in the United States. Its critics say it is a front organization whose real goal is to eliminate the rights of gun owners by driving a wedge into the gun rights movement.
The leaders of the AHSA are::
- Ray Schoenke, founding president  A former football player for the Washington Redskins, Schoenke ran for Governor of Maryland as a Democrat and has given "millions" to Democrat politicians and causes according to a January 19, 1998 Washington Post article. Among the groups that Schoenke has donated to are two that actively lobby to ban firearms: Handgun Control, Inc. and America Coming Together. Schoenke was on the Governor's Commission on Gun Violence in 1996.
- Bob Ricker, executive director 
- John E. Rosenthal, president of the AHSA Foundation and Founder of Stop Handgun Violence, a leading Massachusetts-based gun-banning lobbying group.
- Joseph J. Vince, Jr., a member of the Board of Directors is the former chief of the BATF's crime guns analysis branch. Currently, he is a principal of Crime Gun Solutions. [Handgun Control Inc] has hired Crime Gun Solutions in order to support numerous gun control laws, to support HCI's lawsuits against firearm dealers and he was a signer on a letter submitted to Congress opposing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act
So, MSNBC features analysis from a "retired ATF agent" who also happens to be: 1) Member of an organization that is apparently a gun control front; 2) in the employ of Handgun Control Inc, the premier handgun control lobbying group in the country (aka the Brady folks); and 3) supports legal actions against firearm dealers.
And they fail to mention this affiliation at all in their story. Surely they knew Mr. Vince's bio when they sought him out for comment.
It's almost as if MSNBC has some sort of agenda to push or something and doesn't want its audience to be informed.
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