A “Fudd” is a gun owner who supports “common sense” assaults on Americans’ gun rights. Gun control advocates are a bit Fudd cwazy lately. Blame Bernie. Senator Sanders’ support of the Firearms Owners Protection Act offered the inevitable Hillary Clinton a way to attack the grumpy Vermont socialist. So the former First Lady went full you-know-what for gun control. But she did it praising Fudds, leaving herself space to walk back her anti-gun animus. I love you. It’s the NRA extremists I hate! The Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex is solidly behind the divide and conquer strategy and on message. Here’s a moveon.org email that proves the point . . .
Dear MoveOn member,I’m a gun-owning evangelical Christian Republican. I campaigned against President Obama two times. But after the Oregon shooting, I agree with him: we need responsible gun legislation in America.That’s why I’ve decided to team up with MoveOn. And boy, I didn’t see that coming. But I believe MoveOn has the guts and grit it’s going to take to reach and mobilize responsible gun owners across the political spectrum, including more than 30,000 MoveOn members, to rally support for executive actions by President Obama that could reduce gun-related tragedies.I put my money down only on sure bets. And I’ve got my money on MoveOn. Will you join me by chipping in $5 a month?MoveOn and I will call on responsible gun owners—some of whom are also NRA members, like my brother who’s paid NRA dues for forty years—to stand up to the NRA and stand up for responsible gun legislation.To create the political pressure we need to win, I’m ready to go all-in for the long haul. To get started, I’ll head to Washington with other gun owners. We’ll ask to meet with members of Congress and White House staff. MoveOn members and I will deliver one million petition signatures, make thousands of calls, and make sure politicians of both parties hear us loud and clear.Responsible gun ownership is just plain old common sense, but too many people get stuck in the politics and lies of it. There’s no time for that nonsense. I can’t bear the thought of another shooting on my watch and I know responsible gun owners are key to stopping this madness.Will you join me with a $5 a month donation? Your ongoing support will help fund a campaign for responsible gun legislation—led by responsible gun owners—that cuts across political ideology.Right after the Oregon shooting, I watched the president’s press conference. That man wasn’t talking politics. He was talking as a father, terrified for his daughters.And when the president called out responsible gun owners as the people he needed to hear from most, I realized he was speaking to folks like me—gun owners who hadn’t yet spoken up for responsible gun legislation. And he was giving me a chance to make it right.Lord knows, we may not be able to get our politicians in Congress to work together. But we can. We’ve just got to set our politics aside and do what’s right for the safety of our children and the future of our country.How I see it, we’re all just trying to cross the same bridge, even if we’re approaching it from different directions.I’m making ending gun-related violence my life’s mission, and I’m not stopping till we win. I know MoveOn won’t either.Please. Chip in $5 a month now.Thanks for all you do.–Mark Carman