Update: Please see the 5/19/2020 blog post for a correction (changes have been made to this version).
As if you needed more proof the Reno Gazette-Journal is nothing more than Leftist propaganda, check out this garbage editorial from Quest Lakes.
Lakes libeled some protesters (the so-called boogaloo fans) as:
They’re white supremacists who sow chaos and create political tension.
That's incorrect. Calling people "white supremacists" or "Nazis" is a way of discrediting conservative opposition without an argument. These protests have nothing to do with white supremacy and are all about opposing questionable government policies that infringe upon civil rights and wreak havoc upon businesses and citizens.
The protests were peaceful and drawing conclusions to isolated incidents that have occurred elsewhere are disingenuous lies. But then again if you believe Lakes, you're there to consume lies.
She also goes on to say:
The Second Amendment isn’t a license to subvert democratic deliberation with intimidation. One goal of these armed rallies is to intimidate elected officials into following demands, but another goal is to frighten the rest of us into staying silent.
The goal of the Second Amendment is to allow democratic deliberation, which restrictions against public assemblies have gone against. Should police violently seek to stop such assemblies from occurring, firearms are there to ensure it doesn't happen. Firearms at rallies are there as a symbol of the American citizen's final veto enshrined in the Second Amendment.
The thought of having to shoot to allow us to protest is a horrifying thought for even the most ardent support of civil rights, but the founding fathers intended to have an armed populace to preserve their rights against tyranny. Armed protests are exactly to intimidate elected officials away from tyranny. Except when you are a tyrant or a sycophant of tyranny, that's exactly a bad thing (except when Antifa on your side of politics does it).
As far as the First Amendment goes, corporate America embodies by tech giants and consolidated media like the Gannett/USA Today corporation (of which the RGJ is a part) stifles public discourse. Conservatives and independent thinkers have been stifled and silenced in the mass media world. These forces have sewn division and widened the divide.
The paper doesn't even have a token conservative viewpoint. Instead the leading publication in Northwest Nevada acts as if everyone there is a braindead liberal transplant from California. There has been little to no critical analysis of the shutdown orders. I guess there wasn't a press release to regurgitate. Does anyone feel bad that newspapers are dying?