In a recent display of journalistic tone-deafness, The Washington Post attempted to shed light on Texas’s fervent gun culture, only to inadvertently celebrate the very freedoms Texans hold dear.
In an article titled “In Texas, guns are everywhere, whether concealed or in the open,” the publication’s alarmist tone seemed more intent on evoking a sense of concern over Texas’s loose gun restrictions than understanding the underlying values behind them. Where they see potential danger, Texans see foundational liberty.
While the article quickly points out the contrasts between Texas and gun-regulated states like California, highlighting Texas’s lack of a firearms registry or “red flag” laws, it fails to emphasize the core belief that drives such policies: freedom and individual rights over bureaucracy.
The Post’s attempt to correlate gun ownership with mass shootings also seemed to lean on data manipulations, conveniently leaving out gang and drug-related violence that skews the narrative against cities with heavy gun control.
If anything, the interviews peppered throughout the article reinforce the Texan ethos. When questioned about whether he would carry a firearm into a movie theater, one interviewee’s response of “Of course,” referencing the Aurora theater tragedy of 2012, underscores the deeply embedded philosophy that the right to protect oneself is paramount.
Far from a scathing critique, The Post’s narrative serves as a testament to Texas’s unwavering commitment to uphold the Second Amendment in its truest form.