Gun control advocates dislike the term gun control. It’s too … honest. So Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-ballistic bully boys tried to rebrand their desire for civilian disarmament, renaming it “gun safety.” While MSNBC embraced the term like Chris Christie hugging Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the rest of the media, not so much. Gun safety sounded too much like, well, gun safety. So now we have “gun reform.” Which is equally silly. What is a reformed gun? A gun that WAS bad that’s now seen the light? A shape-shifting gun like the robot in the Terminator series? We need to reform our gun laws! No, not the ones we like. Which is, uh, all of them. In fact, we just need to add new ones, really. See the problem? So, Kenneth Cole . . .
The shoe designer (OK bags and other stuff, too) isn’t stupid. He knows that liberal political activism keeps him fresh in an industry where today’s hot shoes are tomorrow’s objects of scorn and derision. Being a liberal crusader freshens, elevates and protects Cole’s rep amongst the industry’s gatekeepers, which helps sales. #thehamptonslifestyleaintcheap. So he’s used a billboard and Twitter to proclaim his PC.
The image above ignited a Twitter war. I say image rather than billboard because the above screen shot comes from Cole’s Twitter feed, it’s clearly been photoshopped and there is no photo of the ad that supposedly “looms over Manhattan’s busy West Side Highway.” Anyway, as cnnmoney.com reports, “The American Psychiatric Association slammed the fashion designer on Thursday for a billboard that read: “Over 40M Americans suffer from mental illness. Some can access care…All can access guns.”
Cole “is correct. There are over 40 million people that suffer from mental illness,” Dr. Renee Binder, the association’s president, told NBC News about the organization’s campaign.
But, she continued, there isn’t a direct link between those who commit violent acts with firearms and have a mental illness.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found that only 3 percent to 5 percent of violent acts are linked to individuals with serious mental illnesses. Even more alarming, Binder said, people with severe mental illnesses are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime . . .
Cole tweeted last week in response to some of the reaction from mental health advocates that the ad is “not meant to further stigmatize those suffering from mental illness … .”
Well how about that? The APA is standing up for gun owners! Kinda. Sorta. Without saying the word “gun” or “gun rights” or anything remotely firearms-related.
What’s not being said is even more interesting. The sign advocates for the elimination of all mentally ill Americans’ “access” to guns. Not “easy access.” Access. Cole’s failure to use the Bloomberg-approved term strips away the antis’ assertion that all they want to do is stop “dangerous” people from having guns. They, like Cole, want all people not to have any access to guns. Starting with the mentally ill.
The antis’ would scream bloody murder at my analysis. They have to. If you think swapping “gun safety” of “gun control” is a tough sell, try convincing Americans to surrender their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. #itaintgonnahappen. So they do what they can, while we bloggers do what we can to expose their duplicity, in our pajamas and bare feet. Of course.