As we noted earlier, San Antonio-based Clear Channel Communications had donated billboard space to anti-gun org Stop Handgun Violence for an ad push to support the Bay State’s over-the-top gun laws. That’s a move any reasonable observer might see as a political statement on the part of Clear Channel. Now, however, CCC has had a change of heart. As bostonglobe.com is reporting, “The advertising giant Clear Channel Outdoor on Thursday took down the billboards it donated to a campaign against gun violence, arguing that its support had been ‘misconstrued as a political position’ by gun-rights advocates who mounted an online protest against the advertisements.” As a famous person once advised, when you take a shot, you have to punch back twice as hard. Winning?
I haven’t seen ‘Unbroken’, but the movie started life as a Laura Hillenbrand book. And if Angelina Jolie et. al did anywhere near the job with ‘Unbroken’ that that was done with ‘Seabiscuit’, it’s probably worth a view. Anyway, the producers want to give TTAG readers some free DVDs. Why? No idea, but who are we to decline free stuff for our readers? It is, after all, a war movie and as you may have heard, they tend to use a lot of guns in wars. So if you’re interested, enter a comment below and we’ll choose nine lucky winners to receive a free Unbroken Blue Ray DVD. You’re welcome . . .
“Beginning Tuesday, Stop Handgun Violence will be ‘saturating’ highway signs [in Massachusetts] at three-dozen locations across the state,” bostonglobe.com reports . . . The new highway signs being installed this week will read, ‘We’re Not Anti-Gun. We’re Pro-Life. Massachusetts Gun Laws Save Lives,’ and feature a Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle, with a white surrender flag poking out from the barrel. Billboard space was donated by Clear Channel, Logan Communications, Total Outdoor, and Outfront Media.” Clear Channel eh? wikipedia.org tells us . . .
Mike “the Gun Guy” Weisser is at it again, helping huffingtonpost.com demonize guns, gun ownership and gun owners. This time he’s taking the National Shooting Sports Foundation to task for a completely benign gun safety video [above]. MTGGW claims it’s a thinly-veiled attempt to hook young consumers on cigarettes. I mean, firearms. He reckons that “the notion that guns might be potentially dangerous no matter how they are used” is “remarkably absent from the NSSF’s safety campaign.” Remarkable if you’re looking to make snide remarks about the NSSF’s safety campaign for no good reason . . .
The chicagotribune.com didn’t invent anti-gun animus, but they’ve pretty much perfected the art, editorializing against gun rights in The Land of Lincoln with Bloombergian self-righteous fervor. Gun right advocates are routinely portrayed as “extremists.” Pro-gun control
extremists advocates get a disproportionate amount of ink. Only not so much in How to Shoot a Gun If You’re A Kid. Author Peter Nickeas plays it straight, chronicling a beginner’s shooting class for kids at GAT Guns in East Dundee, Illinois. It’s only when we get to the end of the article that Nickeas or, more likely his editor, felt compelled to introduce “balance” to the piece . . .
TTAG reader RO writes;
So I’m listening to one of my created favorite stations on Pandora this morning. It’s commercial time which I normally tune out. But I heard an odd mix of words that triggered my spidey sense. It was an Everytown for Gun Safety ad. Are you EXPLETIVE DELETED kidding me? I screen grabbed a pic. I heard it twice in less than an hour. It’s full of the normal BS about politicians not doing what needs done, gun violence, blah blah blah. I’ll be sending Pandora a nastygram when I get to work.
By Sara Tipton
This week the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence delivered a petition demanding that journalist Emily Miller be fired. They allege Miller has violated a “code of ethics” by maintaining a pro-gun stance on the air. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Miller spoke at an event put on by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-gun group, making statements that infuriated anti-gunners everywhere. They accuse Miller of advocating violent insurrection when she stated that “There’s the ‘cold, dead fingers’ option” if the organization’s political activism is unsuccessful. At the rally, Miller told attendees that the District of Columbia “…is not part of America, because they don’t recognize the Second Amendment.” . . .
A bill to allow campus carry in Florida is winding its way through the legislature. As part of his testimony in support of the bill, Florida Students for Concealed Carry president Erek Culbreath, president made the following claim: “According to the state of Florida, you are almost twice as likely to be attacked by an alligator than by someone who happens to carry a conceal-and-carry permit.” That got the attention of PolitiFact Florida’s Amy Sherman who decided to vet the claim . . .
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As you may be aware, gunophile and pro-2A sites such as this one are the bêtes noires of those who despise Americans’ firearms freedom. There’s no shortage of keyboard commandos out there who wish disease, death and destruction on those of us who promote the right to keep and bear arms. Rather than simply hitting the delete button, though, our friends at concealednation.org have accumulated some of their hate mail and present it here for your listening pleasure and amusement. As you might expect, a good portion of it is NSFW, even with some strategic censoring. We don’t know about you, but evidence like this that sites like Concealed Nation and TTAG are provoking this much panty twisting on the other side gives us a warm fuzzy. And only makes us want to keep on keeping on. Enjoy.
Posted above the Washington Post story, The NRA, even more ridiculous than usual. It seems incredible that a mainstream media outlet that’s as virulently anti-gun as the WaPo wouldn’t have one person on their news staff who knows thing one about firearms, cartridges, magazines, armed self-defense, ballistics, law enforcement and related subjects. But then as we know here at The Truth About Guns, the truth about guns does not support the anti-gun position. So, willful ignorance? Probably more to do with the corporate culture. The odds of the Post hiring a gun rights advocate – Eugene Volkh excepted – are lower than the chances of Barnes banning bullets.
With the progress of a bill moving through the Texas legislature that would legalize the open carry of handguns (at least for CCW license holders), Second Amendment rights in the Lone Star state seem to be on the cusp of marked improvement. But that’s apparently a signal to at least one state representative that it’s time to roll back First Amendment freedoms. “A bill restricting the rights of citizens to record the police was filed in Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday. The House Bill 2918 introduced by Texas Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) would make private citizens photographing or recording the police within 25 feet of them a class B misdemeanor.” Hold on, it gets worse . . .