ABC Media Meme: Gun Owners = Gun Nuts

OK, so above: calm, collected, fair and balanced. But the article at the link, well, that’s another story (literally). Underneath the headline Gun Day Organizer: We’re Not Extremists, ABC portrays gun rights advocate Larry Ward as an extremist. [NB: notice the collective pronoun in the headline.] “Ward has set up a website, GunAppreciationDay.com, and he’s collected an odd mishmash of sponsors, who’ve all signed on for free, including libertarian PACs, small-time gun-rights groups, ideologically-driven gun-sellers, non-ideologically driven gun-sellers, a family-operated firing range, conservative nonprofits, a small-government-themed rock band, a landscaping company based outside of Pittsbburgh, and, as MSNBC’s Zachary Roth has pointed out, at least one group that traffics in one-world-government conspiracy theories . . .

Ward’s coalition is chock full of fringe groups, but he hasn’t turned any away. Among his backers, influential blog RedState and the aforementioned Revolution PAC have been joined by non-luminaries like What Bubba Knows, a website featuring (along with general news commentary) some anti-Palestinian .gifs, cartoons, and accusations of jihadism.

To paraphrase the old expression, if you don’t have the facts, argue the law; if you don’t have the law, argue the facts; if you have neither, attack your enemy’s character. Despicable. And surmountable. Watch this space.