I’m not a big fan of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. But I will defend to the death—er, generally support their right to argue for stringent gun control. More than that, I respect anyone who wants to weigh in on firearms related issues. Not necessarily their arguments, morality or logic, but them. Personally. Because you gotta give respect to earn respect. Demeaning your adversaries reduces your credibility. And it’s all about the street cred . . .
So I wasn’t pleased to see ammoland.com use this pic—again—to lampoon Brady Campaigners Paul Helmke and Dennis Henigan. Especially when the image sits next to an NRA editorial on the not-so-dynamic duo. The creepy clown action makes both the world’s most powerful gun group (other than the U.S. military) and the firearms press release retailer seem strident, self-righteous and petty.
Gun rights groups may have to motivate the base, but they also have to charm the silent majority. This is not the way to do it. Am I wrong?