Behind Enemy Lines: CAGV Conference on “Gun Violence Prevention”

"Marching On: A Conference on Gun Violence Prevention”  (courtesy

As regular readers know, TTAG regularly posts press releases from the gun control industry: MAIG, The Brady Campaign, Moms Demand Disarmament, The President of the United States, etc. We do so because the People of the Gun should know what their adversaries are thinking, planning and propagandizing. In that spirit, click here for a link to a live blog of “Marching On: A Conference on Gun Violence Prevention.” CT Against Gun Violence (CAGV) hosted the event, featuring Governor Dannel Malloy, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman Jim Himes, Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew, Nicole Hockley (member, Sandy Hook Promise) and the mother of Dylan, one of the six-year-old victims of Sandy Hook. Make the jump for the “highlights” of BZOD’s blogging with my analysis . . .

[U.S. Senator Chris Murphy]: “The NRA has become detached from their own membership” because they adapt to the gun industry, which is trying to sell expensive guns to a dwindling group of survivalist gun nuts instead of selling to large numbers of people.

Ah yes, the divide and conquer strategy. Or, if we assume Murphy knows he’s lying through his teeth, the “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad NRA” pep talk.

Either spin helps the pro-gun position because it A) demoralizes the anti-gunners (why would they say that if the NRA wasn’t so powerful?) or B) encourages anti-gunners to underestimate the NRA’s grassroots support.

The problem here: if the uninformed voter starts to believe that the NRA is the gunmakers’ bitch. Then the “gun control rebate” becomes about profits vs. people rather than individual rights vs. tyranny. The gun control folks recognize this “re-framing” strategy well enough [see: Patrick Comerford’s comments below]. They also know the value of repetition.

[Mayor Dan Drew]: “The NRA is actually a front for all the weapons manufacturers in the U.S. and they are advertising themselves as something they are not and that is detestable.” Applause…!

Drew: “The weapons industry is not interested in human life. They are interested in profits, and the NRA is a front for the weapons industry.”

So the “NRA = death merchants” meme is the flavor of the month. The NRA should amp-up their “I Am the NRA” campaign lickety-split.

Drew: “They talk about how someone is coming for your guns. That is simply not true.”

Drew: “Wayne LaPierre said after the shooting at the Washington Naval Yard that the problem was ‘There were not enough good guys with guns.’ What’s a larger group of good guys with guns than the United States military?”

You gotta laff at the civilian disarmament industry’s constant drumbeat: no one’s coming for your guns. To paraphrase Pogo, we have met the someone and it is Mayor Dan Drew.

Also note the misdirection about the U.S. Navy Yard massacre. The anti-gunnners are pushing back hard against the fact—I repeat fact— that the D.C. killing ground was a gun-free zone, and they’re doing it with deliberate disinformation. That’s pretty low; it disses the victims, who were defenseless against their killer. But there are no depths to which the antis will not sink. In case you didn’t know.

[Neil Heslin, the father of Jessie Lewis, another victim at Sandy Hook Elementary School]: “I’ve learned a lot about politics in the last year. One thing that I’ve learned is that I don’t want anything to do with it.”

And yet there he is. Enabled by the CAGV and the gun control industrial complex. Nice. Still, nothing beats a victim eh? Maybe . . . a survivor? Where are the armed survivors of violence in the public eye?

[Lisa Labella, Director, Advocacy & Outreach for CAGV]: “If I need to show my license to buy Sudafed, I think I should have to show my license to buy firearms.” Applause.

These are the same folks who scream racism if a citizen has to show their license to vote. It’s still not clear to low-info voters that the right to keep and bear arms is a right. The antis exploit this ignorance to equate firearms to objects to which Americans are not entitled by natural and Constitutional law.

Labella identifies three prongs for gun control activism: change the conversation, change the culture, change the law.

In that order. Also note: without the mainstream media’s support these people would be toast. Saying that, several of the speakers talked about the advantages of social media. Facebook (with comments disabled) and Twitter (which doesn’t allow a meaningful interchange of idea or facts) are their new field of battle.

[Ron Pinciaro, executive director of CT Against Gun Violence]: A: There are gun buyback programs, but Pinciaro is concerned that we’re not getting the guns off the street that we really want. Might not be the best bang for our buck.

Interesting that Ron realizes that gun buybacks are kabuki theater. Try and get him to say that in public. Or confront him with this quote next time you bump into him, ’cause no media rep’s gonna do it.

[CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy]: Malloy says that the idea that you need a gun in your home to protect yourself is absurd, and that 19,000 people will die in the U.S. this year will die due to suicides.

Armed self-defense is absurd. Part of the gun control industry’s relentless campaign to say that the right to keep and bear arms is unnecessary. Again, the People of the Gun need to counter that with equal relentlessness with specific examples of defensive gun use. Where non-gun people can see them! Where’s I Survived . . . With a Gun program on a major TV channel?

Now Malloy is pushing against violent video games. Ugh.

Good to know the gun control crowd are making the same mistake as the NRA in the push against violent video games. Ugh indeed.

“We can’t have what happened in our state what happened in Colorado.”

Yes we can! Well, in my dreams. Shows the Colorado recall rattled their cages. More of the that please.

“Let me address street crime. In almost every case I’m aware of in CT, the gun used was an illegally acquired gun. It is rare that a gun that was purchased after a background check was used. Until we close that loophole on a national basis, we’re going to be in an ever-increasing danger of that happening. That’s why having laws on a state-by-state basis is good, but not nearly good enough.”

Close what loophole? Didn’t Malloy just say that criminals use illegally acquired guns without background checks? Anyway, as you can see, Malloy and the antis still have a hard-on for federal gun control. Always have. Always will.

[Patrick Comerford, community organizer who works with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England]: Internet comment sections are “the long road to nowhere.” Don’t read them or engage in them. We want to connect to the people who aren’t thinking about this issue.

Don’t read them! Ha! A gun grabber’s admitting that he doesn’t want acolytes to consider the facts, lest they question their zealotry. He/she’s also revealing that gun control advocates are targeting low-information voters. Which is exactly what the POTG should be doing, too. You listening Wayne?

Picture of Wayne LaPierre. Murmur of displeasure and discomfort ripples through the crowd.

Ye olde rules for radicals: personalize the enemy. Who’s the bad guy of gun control? Bloomberg? Good choice but he’s retiring from the field. Mark Giffords? Must choose.

[CAGV Board of Directors Lestin] Trainor: “We can agree to stop revictimizing urban gun violence victims through our language. We can agree to stop implying that they are complicit in their own victimization.”

Trainor knows that gun control advocates are vulnerable to the argument that “gun violence” is a gang-related issue. That the problem isn’t guns but deeper, more problematic issue of urban culture. Columns like this one from Phil Mushnik at today’s New York Post must scare her witless.

Trainor is pissed about the “bifurcated way that we discuss gun violence” – bifurcating between mass shootings and “street violence.”

Again, the gun control industry depends on blurring the lines between one type of firearms-related fatality and another. ALL gun deaths are “gun violence”: suicides, gang-banging, negligent discharges, old-fashioned homicides, etc. If gun rights advocates lead the public to make distinctions between them, the focus goes off the guns. That’s bad for their business.

In short, the truth is bad for gun control advocates. And the more we shine the light into the dark corners of their confabs, the better prepared we’ll be to confront their strategy of disarmament disinformation. If you hear of an anti-gun confab in your neck of the woods, please, blog it for us. For the children. Seriously. [h/t TimK]