A Washington DC “Democrat media consulting firm” affiliated with Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (and a host of anti-gun politicians) is offering Oregon gun dealers $1,500 to allow them to film an on-location “public service announcement,” Oregon Firearms Federation announced Friday. The filmmakers need a gun store as a backdrop for an actor to tell viewers how “easy” it is to comply with form requirements . . .
“They approached Northwest Armory and Wild Bill’s in Molalla but were rebuffed when it was discovered who they really worked for,” OFF reported. The statewide gun rights group further asked supporters to “share this information with your friends and any gun dealers you know. We don’t want any Oregon gun dealers to be duped by these people.”
Several resources exist for activists who wish to get involved, from a simple Google search for Oregon gun dealers to more specific sites like FFL Gun Dealers, which includes an alphabetical listing. Many can also be approached via websites and social media accounts. The most effective communication, however, comes from customers, meaning if you are an Oregon gun owner, make sure the places you patronize are informed and on board with booting Bloomberg’s film crews. Talk to them and get their commitment not to be used.
If you’re not from Oregon, but if you have gun-owning friends or relatives who live there, send the OFF alert to them and urge them to take action by informing gun dealers.
This whole business of AstroTurf anti-gunners using money from elitist “benefactors” to produce slick, “PSA’s” is an old trick designed to exploit low-information voters with emotional manipulation through imagery and sound bites. As we’ve seen in the past, credibility is not their strong suit. I personally filed a Freedom of Information Act request that revealed a “filmmaker” stumping for more laws ran afoul of existing ones in Oakland. Another FOIA I filed resulted in permits for a fake New York gun store spot identifying as people they represented to be actual customers being persuaded not to buy a gun as “actors.”
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again? Is offering another fake gun dealer the best idea these people can come up with? In fairness, at least this time, the antis aren’t putting little boys in wholly inappropriate and exploitative situations by having them play with graphically phallic sex toys. Still, that little “public service” piece did offer insights into what “progressives” mean by “for the children.”
In the absence of promulgating beliefs that have anything to do with reality, all the gun-grabbers have to spread are fantasies. Unfortunately, they can afford to hire the best illusionists in the business, and if we want to counter them, it takes grounded men and women willing to do their part. The gun dealers must also be willing to do their part – OFF will continue to monitor the situation to see if any participate in the PSA.