June 27, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Gun-ban ruling tops the news

Got guns?

The Supreme Court says that’s fine, and newspaper editors across the country brought out their arsenals to report on the Supreme Court ruling that struck down a ban on handguns in the District of Columbia.

“Justices back personal gun right,” said Little Rock’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The Appeal-Democrat in Marysville, Calif., couldn’t resist a pun — “Gun Ban Shot Down” — with photos from a firing range and local reaction.

The San Francisco Chronicle focused on a local ban on handguns in housing projects with “Ruling’s Richochet.” It’s a local issue in Chicago, as well, where the Tribune reports “Daley vows to fight for Chicago gun ban.”

Denver’s Rocky Mountain News featured a firing-range photo with the context headline, “Decision upholding right to keep gun in home breaks 217-year silence.”

The Naples Daily News highlighted the local Florida attorney who has never owned a gun yet successfully challenged the D.C. gun ban.

In Iowa, the Sioux City Journal produced a powerful package with insight, context and local and national reaction, as well as a lineup of how the justices voted.

The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., featured a sad story of a depressed man who took his .45 and shot five co-workers and then himself under “Gunman ‘couldn’t stand pain anymore.’” This atop a shooting-range photo to illustrate “Court strikes down handgun ban.”

The ruling on the Second Amendment resulted in some odd headline juxtapositions. The Mobile, Ala., Press-Register’s top headline was “NBA’s Young Guns.” Lower on the page was a revolver with “U.S. Justices Affirm Rights to Own Guns.”

Since we’re on the subject of things that go boom, fireworks-loving children should take a gander at the front page of the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Md. A photo package shows what happens when fireworks go off in a simulated hand.

prhule@newseum.org Patty Rhule is a project editor at the Newseum.

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