As a mobster might say, CNN is not a friend of ours. But even by CNN standards, the post THE OTHER GUN LOBBY is beyond the pale. It’s a press release/ad for anti-ballistic billionaire bully boy Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, including the above bloody shirt waving video (click photo above to view) without attribution. It’s about as good an example of anti-gun agitprop as you’ll find in the mainstream media. For those who wish to deny CNN and Everytown the click, here are some “highlights” . . .
Their focus is on field operations, to mobilize their 3 million members on this single issue and then get supporters to the polls. They steal tactics from the National Rifle Association and study other groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving that have won victories against massive industries.
They gather in cities around the country to learn how to target policymakers and stay unified. They plan rallies and organize on social media. They circle states where change is most possible. They work with the Brady Campaign and Gabby Giffords’ organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, on federal legislation. They’ve found an ally in the White House.
Yes. Yes they have. And in presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, whose organization is closerthanthis with Bloomberg and his camp followers. As for tactics, CNN’s right: the antis have upped their game. I get regular text alerts and phone calls from Moms Demand Action inviting me to text and email my congresscritters, and join them in [sparsely attended] Austin-area rallies.
The most powerful message lies within its survivors’ network — some 800 people who’ve had a loved one killed or wounded by a gun.
This determined crowd turns the conversation around on the most stridently pro-life conservatives: What are you doing to save the lives of America’s children from gun violence?
Italics eh? Must be serious! The polemic’s penned by one Jessica Ravitz, a UC Berkeley J-School attendee (if not grad) who wants you to know Why I’m not married (and it’s not because I’m an angry slut). She also wants you to know how you – yes you! – can help Everytown.
They make lobbying one click away:
• Call your senators and demand a vote on universal background checks
• Send your condolences to those affected by the mass shooting in Oregon
• Join your local Moms Demand Action chapter
Got it? No? Then you need to be motivated!
The voices of these mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters have joined forces with the likes of Amy Schumer, Julianne Moore, Yoko Ono, Rosanne Cash and Don Cheadle. Those celebrities have formed an 80-person council to advocate for awareness of gun violence.
There seems to be a renewed urgency like never before — that enough is enough.
For those within the survivors’ group, their message is punctuated by that chilling, awful day when they got the news of a slain loved one. Reliving those memories has become a permanent part of their lives. A message, they say, America must hear.
This time, they won’t be silenced. They don’t want to ban guns. Many pack heat themselves. They just want to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, the seriously mentally ill and others who may pose a danger. If enacting universal background checks saves just one life, they ask, then isn’t it worth it?
Hey Jessica, which of these anti-gunners packs heat? And where, pray tell, is an opposing voice? Hell, I’d settle for a skeptical aside. Perhaps a mention of America’s support for gun rights? Ha!
[Lori] Haas says there was little in the way of support after the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. At times, she felt alone in her despair to take on the gun industry. Those days are over: “We now have a platform.”
“Everything about the movement has just grown and grown and grown,” she says.
Don’t mistake their grief as a pity party. Their determination remains unwavering. Undying.
“We are pissed off and we want to do something about this,” Parker says.
And we’re pissed off with CNN for shilling for organizations seeking to degrade and destroy Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Behind a fig leaf of journalism. Personally, I’m ashamed that I once worked for them.
[h/t DrVino and Ripcord]