The Age of Miracles has not passed! The Huffington Post’s gun rights kapo has penned an article that points out that Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA) is like those Hollywood Western towns: an empty facade meant to stir emotion and . . . that’s it. In fact, one wonders why the HuffPo published “Mike the Gun Guy’s” post The Confrontational Gun Control Strategy That Just Might Work. It does more to ding MDA than a hundred TTAG exposés. Well d’uh. The proggy website is read by “progressives” who’d no more consider a TTAG analysis than buy Busch beer. I think I know HuffPo’s reasoning . . .
The rest of the piece is obviously, certifiably bonkers. Which tells readers that the previous MDA diss was something along the lines of an Onion article. Check it:
If Moms wants to have a real impact on the argument over guns, why don’t they talk to gun owners and stop wasting their energy on convincing people who don’t need to be convinced? And you don’t talk to gun people by throwing up a website or a Facebook page and ‘invite’ them to post a comment or engage in a chat. Maybe that strategy works when you’re selling a product, but it’s rank arrogance to confuse marketing a product with marketing an idea.
Every weekend there are dozens of gun shows all over the United States. Each of these shows, on average, counts 10,000 admissions. So do the math: if you went to one gun show every weekend, set up a booth, gave out a flyer and shot your mouth off, by the end of the year you would have talked to 500,000 gun guys (and gals). And don’t think for one second that nobody would talk to you. Gun folks love to talk — that’s why they go to those shows.
I’d love to walk into a gun show or some other gun-friendly place and see the Moms promoting their point of view. Would they get an argument from gun folks? Sure. Would the argument sometimes get nasty or offensive? It might. But if Moms believes they will make a difference by not going out and talking to the other side, they’re barking up the wrong tree.
And if Mike the Gun Guy thinks Moms Demand Action is in any way interested in the the truth about guns, genuine debate or limiting violent crime, he’s barking mad. The fact that MDA bans dissent (and dissenters) from their website, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts ought to have been his first clue.
So I guess Mikey’s just as deluded as MDA. Which explains his fantasy dream that they’ll engage gun guys in something resembling a fair fight. And the fact that he writes for the Huffington Post.