Readers count on us to get everything right, every time. When we don’t, we deserve to get called out. That’s fair.
Here’s what isn’t fair, though: Some readers seized this opportunity to accuse us of using this graphic to promote what they termed a specific liberal agenda on the topic of gun control. They saw our labeling mistake as a deliberate misrepresentation, one that made these weapons seem more dangerous. Let me say emphatically that this was a careless mistake, not an intentional deception nor bias. It is regrettable because we got a basic fact wrong, period.”
Waaah! “Don’t accuse us of doing what we’re doing. What difference does it make?”