Dear MSSA Friends,
A week ago I was approached by an independent TV journalist who had
been contracted to do a Montana story for an international news network.
The story, I was told, was about trying to explain the D.C. v. Heller
case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, for which oral arguments will
be this coming Tuesday. The Montana segment is to explain to an
international audience why the RKBA is important in Montana - an
important part of the culture of our Montana people.
The international news network is Al Jazeera. Yeah, right. That's
what I thought, too.
So, I did some research. Al Jazeera is headquartered in Qatar, and
is thought by international observers to currently be the closest
thing to freedom of the press that exists in the Mid-East. Plus, I
learned, Al Jazeera has an English-only channel that is watched by
100 million English-speaking people around the globe, beginning to
rival the BBC and CNN. My research also suggested that the
journalist doing this story on contract for Al Jazeera is an American
and a professional who has done work for CBS, NBC and other biggies.
After several email interchanges with the journalist, Mike Kirsch, I
got into a comfort zone and agreed to help with the story.
I spent most of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with Mike and his nice
camera lady Kelly. I drove them around and helped them get
interviews with various people who had something useful to say about
why the RKBA is important to us here in Montana.
So, this Montana story is now produced, edited and prepared for
broadcast. It will be available on the Internet from the Al Jazeera
English Website. It will be about three minutes, and aired every
hour from 6PM to 10PM, Eastern Time (should be 4 to 8 in Montana) on
March 20th. You can watch this on the Internet at:Al Jazeera English - Front Page
Their streaming news requires Real Player to be installed on your
computer, so get that installed if you want to watch.
Here's the tentative schedule:
The Guns Across America "series" is set as follows:
Guns in Illinois March 19 Mike Kirsch
Guns in Montana March 20 Mike Kirsch
Guns from the other side, Canada March 21 Jeremy Copeland
Do I know what material made the cut for the three minutes about
Montana? No. Do I know if it will portray us in a positive
light? No. But, I believe it will be that way. We'll have to watch
to find out for sure.