As a straight news piece, “Gun Porn” seems not to have made much impact.
When I saw this news piece and confirmed it wasn’t a satire, my next thought was “Gun porn”.
Hmm, is CBS News investigating those traumatizing and soul-crippling images of scantily clad women holding guns?”
The truth was far more serious. CBS46, the Atlanta CBS TV affiliate, had uncovered a new and terrifying threat hiding in plain sight in, of all places, Atlanta’s neighborhood grocery stores. Quick, hide the women and children! Yes, this story was CBS News’s attempt to amp up the culture war against gun owners by trying to convince the citizens, not of Manhattan or West L.A., but Atlanta—Atlanta!—that gun hobby magazines now fall under the category of pornography.
I wish Los Angeles pols would put guns in the same category as porn. Then overnight every Angeleno would be armed to the teeth. But I digress. Let’s get to the laughs.
CBS46 [hack] reporter on the street Karyn Green helpfully informs viewers “Gun porn is described [she doesn’t tell us by whom] as photos of guns that describe them in the same carefully posed and lighted manner as the models [dramatic pause] in traditional pornography [emphasis added for effect].” O.M.G.
Green interviewed passersby on the street for their reactions. One 30ish African American man observed “Some people may get really excited about this stuff, but I think it’s their right.” An African American woman of about the same age seemed frightened: “Gun violence is what popped into my head. This is scary.”
A Caucasian man evidently in his early twenties had a more scattered view: “Say the mom is buying milk or whatever…the kids, you know, on the next aisle over having this [looks at some gun magazines in his hand, a TV prop] where they can just rifle through is a little bit…[sniffs]…ya know…[trails off].
With a straight face, Green breathlessly tells viewers CBS46 investigators “went undercover to Publix, Kroger, and Wal Mart [camera shows tabloid style black and white photos of these store fronts] to find gun magazines.” They found “15 gun magazines at eye level and easily accessible to children.”
So far there’s no media commentary on how this hoplophobic message is received in the suburbs of Atlanta or pretty much anywhere else in the broadcast range of CBS46. It must be a good laugh for the folks out in Kennesaw, who like their guns so much they passed an ordinance in 1982 requiring every household to have at least one, ammunition included.