You may recall Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Gun Violence Action Day (GVAD). You may not. The event was the dictionary definition of a damp squib. As we reported, only a handful of celebrities, politicians and true-believers participated. The largest single group picture we could find depicted the entire New York Mets baseball team [above]. Nestled amongst the players wearing prison jumpsuit-colored T-shirts: Mets’ Pitcher Dillon Gee. Mr. Gee is now saying [via Twitter] “Aw gee! I didn’t know it was a gun control event!” And you know what . . .
I believe him.
TTAG readers are not duped by gun control euphemisms. When gun control advocates use the term “gun safety” you know they mean “gun control.” When they say “gun violence” you know they mean “anything we can use to wave the bloody shirt for gun control, including firearms-related suicides and teenage gang bangers making guns go bang.” And so on.
The average low-information voter can be forgiven for buying the B.S. They’re too busy putting food on their table and diverting themselves from life’s struggles with Caitlyn Jenner’s sex change, local gossip and, perhaps, baseball, to contemplate the truth about guns, and unmask those who’d steal their firearms freedom.
The players of said sport are not, to a man, Rhodes scholars. Some of them are educationally challenged. Or, more accurately, they weren’t educational challenged – allowed to cruise through college on their merits as ball players. I don’t know if that applies to Mr. Gee. But he’s a Texan who went to a Texas university. Who hunts.
Something tells me the amiable pitcher hasn’t spent a lot of time debating gun control with the pro-gun control side. I’m thinking his only experience of anti-gun nuttery arrived when he was told he couldn’t bring his shooting irons to New York. Because of “gun safety” and “gun violence.” Which I bet he didn’t question too closely out of deference to regional differences. And money.
So when the Mets told Gee to don on an orange T-shirt and pose for the camera to oppose “gun violence,” well why not? Nobody told him the truth about Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, whose very name is a euphemism (i.e. bald face lie). Which reminds me . . .
When Mayor Bloomberg started Mayors Against Gun Violence (now moribund), plenty of Mayors signed on without knowing that MAIG was pro gun control. Upon learning of MAIG’s duplicity, several Mayors quit the organization. Some of them around election time. If we can give hard-working Democratic politicians the benefit of the doubt – accepting their contention that they were duped by anti-gunners’ misleading misegos – why not Dillon Gee?