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Headlines such as Tragedy in Littleton Could guns have prevented the massacre Whos to blame for Columbine have recently flooded the newspapers and airways leaving much of the public disillusioned These headlines exhibit the increasing role that media plays concerning the gun control debate From the onset the media has had an enormous responsibility in covering the controversy effectively However many are currently concerned with medias involvement in the debate questioning their accuracy the effects of their coverage and if media is bias in its accounts With occurrences of gun violence on the rise in schools churches and places of employment media has been thrust into action to get the coverage It is the manner in which that media chooses to cover these tragedies that is being called into question An industry that once prided itself on facilitating democracy and informing the public has now blurred the lines between news and entertainment thereby undermining their own accountability making them a key issue in the debates concerning gun control Much of the problem with the medias coverage of gun related issues is their inaccuracy in reporting the stories Events are often misconstrued by the media they leave out important factors and fail to ask crucial questions about the stories they report For instance of three networks reporting on a Washington DC gun buy back program none questioned whether the program might actually have an impact on gun related crime in Washington nor did they explore whether the number of guns returned was substantial Torobin When in fact to spite the good intentions of the buyback program there is still roughly one gun for every four DC residents and that most of the guns collected came from people who generally dont perpetuate gun violence Torobin This type of reporting leads to the misconceptions of their audiences thereby misguiding viewers about gun control and related issues The quality of reporting and media coverage has been undermined
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