The standard position of Moms Demand Action, despite their statement that they “support the 2nd Amendment,” is that guns are bad, m’kay? And especially guns on the hips of those with a concealed carry license. The very first item on the list of the Moms Demand Action “facts” page is a link to the Violence Policy Center’s “Concealed Carry Killers” compilation, a piece which twists facts to scare people into believing that armed citizens are really just bloodthirsty savages bent on murder and mayhem. So it’s no surprise that . . .
the gun control organization advocates wholeheartedly against any form of concealed carry, demanding that stores put up “no guns allowed” signs and trying their best to agitate against the recognition of the (Supreme Court confirmed) Constitutional right. It’s kinda like watching the ACLU arguing in favor of warrantless and frivolous searches of people’s houses — it makes no sense. But this past weekend, Shannon’s hypocrisy was made crystal clear when she hired her own armed guards to protect her.
The most vocal and visible spokesperson for an organization which constantly claims that citizens don’t need guns to protect themselves had hired people to ensure her own personal safety. As I sit here writing this article, I’m at a loss of how to convey exactly how insane that sounds. Instead of following the unsolicited advice she’s spouted hundreds of times, she paid money for people with guns to watch her back.
After snickering at the NRA’s statement of “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” she then went out and hired a couple of (ostensibly) good guys with guns herself.
Despite being so scared of 60,000 law-abiding citizens with guns that she staged sparsely-attended protest nearly a mile away from the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits, she paid money for two big, bald, burly dudes to stay at her side all day.
It’s almost like some of the habits of her new paymaster, Michael Bloomberg, have started to rub off on her. Mayor Mike is well-known to have a cadre of armed guards around him at all times, even when arguing that the average citizen doesn’t need guns to protect themselves. Now it looks like Shannon Watts is taking the same tack, a “do as I say and not as I do” attitude that’s just one of the reasons Bloomberg lost so much clout in this debate.
But Shannon can’t have it both ways. Either she stands by her statements that firearms themselves are the problem, root cause of “gun violence,” and that carrying a gun is evil, or we get the glorious opportunity to call her out on her hypocrisy at every turn and, like Mike, she destroys her organization’s credibility. Not that it had much to begin with, mind you.
The mainstream media won’t care — they need a photogenic face to put on the cause of gun control. And the majority of the Moms Demand Action drones won’t care either, since they’re running on pure emotion and don’t listen to logic anyway. But for those in the middle, the undecided voters who we’re fighting to bring over, Shannon’s tone deaf move is a Dukakis moment. A massive gaffe that can’t be taken back, and – we can only hope – will eventually destroy her campaign.