Reacting to the original San Antonio newspaper story, an SSI reader wrote the reporter:
"SAN ANTONIO Gun enthusiasts gathered at the Alamo Saturday to rally for the right to openly carry firearms, without state and local restrictions that are now in place. "Dear Mr. Buch,Next time someone mentions media bias to you and you shake your head disparagingly, perhaps you will recall this note.Your choice of the first two words in your article is perhaps one of the best examples of media bias that I can recall. Your first two words manage to both pigeon hole and denigrate the men and women who participated in the protest today. Many of the folks who protested today might, in fact, be gun enthusiasts, but that is certainly not the most important characteristic they have in common, nor was simple gun enthusiasm the reason for their participation.As you are doubtless aware, but wish to ignore in your article, the protest was in support of a natural right protected from government restriction by the constitution. The reasons, that you were careful to overlook, for the protest being in San Antonio were twofold. The obvious symbolic nature of the Alamo location was one reason. The second and perhaps more important reason was that the City of San Antonio has made rules and instructed their officers to enforce them contrary to the text and intent of Texas law and certainly contrary to the spirit of the natural rights that these protesters claim.In fact, several of your updates, particularly the 3:05 p.m. one, illustrate explicitly the San Antonio rules that were under protest.Many of us consider these protesters patriots and defenders of our sadly neglected and ignored constitution and its protections of our rights. To dub them merely "gun enthusiasts" is both insulting and a deliberate distortion of the meaning and purpose of their protest.