Bad Media # 5241325 :Words Have Meaning

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/fake-u-s-marshal-convicted-after-pulling-gun-in-chicago-theater/

“Fake U.S. marshal convicted after pulling gun in Chicago theater”

“A Will County man who drew his concealed handgun and announced he was a deputy U.S. marshal after an annoyed Chicago movie audience told him to stop talking on his phone was convicted Wednesday of impersonating a federal agent.”

“Concealed.”

I will stipulate that in this case, the weapon was “concealed.”  But since words have meaning, why was the word “concealed” used instead of perhaps, “hidden”, “unseen” or even “the handgun that he was illegally carrying.”

I will admit that when I first read the print article, I thought right away that this was a case of an person in Illinois that had a CCL and did something incredibly stupid. (Those are the kind of CCL carriers that should have NEVER got it.)

Try as I might, I was unable to find any mention of the suspect having a CCl in Illinois.  I did find a person with the same name in Illinois that lost his credentials for TRAINING CCL’s.

Highly trained and professional journalists go to school to learn how to write news.  Surely they must be educated in proper word usage.

Was “concealed” deliberately used to conflate shootings with people that lawfully carry?

Was it ignorance??? Is it possible there are professional journalists that presume that anyone that has a gun on them can carry?  Two people collaborated on this news story and I can only presume it went past at least one proofreader and hopefully an editor??  How would it be possible that all those would think that “concealed” was the correct word.

Words mean things.

 

 

After Work, At The Range

Summer is a much better time to shoot, but hey, can’t control the weather so I gotta shoot inside.

J.R. Shooting Sports” is on my way home, so this is where I ended up.

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My Beretta M9 22.

I now have 4 15 round magazines which is both good and bad.

Good that I can shoot more before having to reload, bad that I can shoot more before having to reload.  Range time here is $20 an hour but if you buy $20 of ammo, you can shoot until you fall asleep.  I brought 400 rounds from home and bought another 525 to get the unlimited time.  I spent about 90 minutes there and if I had not had to leave for dinner, I might have stayed longer.  As it was, I went through just the 400 rounds I brought with me but could have easily gone through much more.

 

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Pretty nice range and setup.

I shoot mostly at 20-25 feet.

The person to my right was shooting a pretty sweet 357 with a 7-8″ barrel. (He was about average)

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Good, but not great.  That’s why it’s called practice.

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And dinner, a nice bacon Cheeseburger at Red Robin.