VIDEO: MDA’s “Disrupting the Gun Lobby with Digital Organizing” Complete SXSW Talk

Alan already posted his analysis of the gun control cheerleading talk at South By Southwest, but since he also had the full video of the event we thought you might be interested in viewing the whole thing. Grab some popcorn and enjoy.


  1. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

    Nick you CAN’T MAKE ME CLICK PLAY!! You can’t you can’t, oh darn…. I did it….
    I think I am going to need a bigger bottle of whiskey!

    1. avatar The average American says:

      Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

      1. avatar MiniMe says:

        Surely you can’t be serious? 🙂

        1. avatar JR says:

          And that’s when I developed a drinking problem.

        2. avatar Gene says:

          Don’t call me Shirley.

          (Got macaroni and cheese in my sinuses from this thread)

        3. avatar Pete says:

          I just want to wish you both good luck, we’re counting on you.

        4. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

          Have you ever smoked a cigarette with a blow-up pilot, Billy?

      2. avatar Andrew says:

        Don’t worry! I brought the extra big tube from Costco. Enough glue for all!

  2. avatar Nick D says:

    I keep wanting to shout at my screen, but I realize they won’t hear me. Then again, even if I were there in person, I doubt they would listen.

    1. avatar OCD says:

      I shout at my screen all the time. It’s great therapy on the days I can’t make it to the range.

  3. avatar ropingdown says:

    It looks like approximately no one attended the session. Was that the reality?

  4. avatar Sammy says:

    Absolutely, pathetically, hysterically, funny. I paused it when he said “a collection of the smartest minds” and am microing some popcorn . Going back now, I hope it holds up.

  5. avatar SCS says:

    I lasted 4 minutes. I LOL at the “smartest minds” comment also, Sammy.

  6. avatar PPGMD says:

    This is why gun control fails. They assume that the NRA lobbying and money is the power. The NRA is simply the front man, they tell the politicians “I wouldn’t do that, you will upset our members.”

    It is the members that overwhelmingly vote based on gun rights. Gun control just can’t get that numbers. Sure it sometimes does well in polling, but unless the tragedy happens within a short time before the election, it is not something that people will actively vote on.

    1. avatar Kyle says:

      IMO, gun control proponents I’ve noticed consistently make a few major mistakes:

      1) Assuming the NRA is a front for the gun manufacturing industry. Gun manufacturing is a tiny industry, like $12 to $15 billion. That is pocket change in comparison to a company like Exxon or Wal-Mart or Lockheed and so forth. The defense lobby, oil/energy lobby, financial and banking lobby, Wal-Mart lobby, etc…those are lobbies. No way a little industry like gun manufacturing is going to have the same level of influence. What gives the NRA its influence are the American people.

      2) Thinking that the NRA membership is solely what gives the NRA its influence and that the NRA just represents a very loud minority. There are a lot of non-members of the NRA who nonetheless look to the NRA for leadership on the issue and support the NRA’s general mission. I’ve read (though I forget the source) that the number is estimated to be about 10X the number of members of the NRA that support it’s basic mission. That would be around forty to fifty million people.

      3) That the numbers of people who own guns is tied to the number of people who support gun rights. That IMO is no more true than the number of people who support same sex marriage being dependent on the number of people who are homosexual.

      1. avatar the ruester says:

        The crier at my local gun show has a favorite line; “40 million people CLAIM to be NRA members, only 4 million actually are. Are you pulling your weight to protect your gun rights?”

    2. avatar JR says:

      It’s consistent with why “they” fail in other ways, too. For example, the failure of left leaning talk radio betrays a complete lack of understanding as to why right leaning talk radio succeeds.

      In a nutshell, it results from too-strong influence from the Ivory Tower – an environment where ideas are artificially supported by “rule” or “funding” or similar non-free market approaches.

      It’s also why they have to continually shut down debate and open discussion to maintain anything like support for their ideologies. The concept of “consensus” is flagrantly flawed, yet that’s the only way to bolster the illusion that ANYONE supports them.

      It’s ALL artificial. That is why it is so important to expose them as fraudulent at every opportunity.

  7. avatar Roll says:

    Wow, from looking around the room it looks like there were more people at my niece’s b-day party than there are MDA supporters…

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      I’m certain there were more responsible adults at the party.

    2. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      Well, people probably like your niece.

  8. avatar Maineuh says:

    Not exactly a gnashing throng.

  9. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

    I refused to watch it. I’m not giving that MDA twit one second of my time. To me, the group and those that fund them rely on lies and deception to further their cause. It’s sort of what the mainstream media has done for decades…..but isn’t working anymore.

    1. avatar Kyle says:

      IMO, we have a duty to watch such things so as to know the strategies, tactics, and overall mindset of them. This is a never-ending war remember.

      1. avatar JR says:

        We already know their strategies: lie, emote, lie some more, etc.

        1. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

          Precisely! Their strategy is paper thin. Lies have to be covered, the truth can run around naked.

        2. avatar Kyle says:

          They could get creative though. The moment we start assuming “we’ve won, no need to be vigilant any longer,” is the moment that we will get bitten in the rear.

    2. avatar the ruester says:

      Exactly. Why would I want to have a rational conversation with someone who publicly accused me of murdering children? I see them, they get a piece of my mind. The rude piece.

  10. avatar juliesa says:

    Thanks for making this recording. I like to keep an eye on their activities. Know your enemy.

    I’m about 2/3 through and so far I fortunately haven’t heard anything that sounds terribly “disruptive”. They have tons of money though, between the billionaires and Kelly’s super pac.

  11. avatar Sammy says:

    Did you catch it when the MC referred to Gifford’s former flunky as “one of the leading lights in this business”? So it’s a business? Kind of a slip of the mask, ya think?

    1. avatar Timbo says:

      Leading lights of what???

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        The Disarmament Lobby.

        1. avatar Sammy says:

          The Disarmament Lobby Business.

  12. avatar William Burke says:

    Thanks, but no thanks.

  13. avatar Gene says:

    It is not a major issue. Tool is a tool.

    Ah…ah…ah… Illegal guns…ahh..ahh.ahhh….obama….aahhh…..watts…..ahhhhhh….facebook….ahhhhhh… Vital…aahhh…. Game changing…. Aaaaahhhh pissedd offf….aaaaahhhhhh…. murder rate…. aaaahhhhh….violence….. everyone agrees….aaaaahhhhhhh….. politics screwed up…..aaaaaaahhhhhhhh…… ummm (it’s a token ummmmm)…..investigations…….

    Oh Lord, I can’t take anymore of his crap.

  14. avatar Ralph says:

    I’d rather set my testicles on fire with a blowtorch than watch that video.

    1. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

      Oh hell, be a man. Let Dr. Pol use one of those pinching things and castrate you!
      God, it hurts just to type that!

    2. avatar ropingdown says:

      Trying both in order to come to that conclusion was far beyond the call of duty.

      I do get the impression Shannon would prefer doing the blow torch bit to all of us rather than fulfill her contract as trained circus poodle under the Barnum & Bloomberg big-top.

    3. avatar Timbo says:

      I actually used a blowtorch on my testicles BECAUSE I watched 5 minutes of this painful video. I stopped because, compared to the video, the blowtorch was becoming enjoyable.

    4. avatar rlc2 says:

      Ok, I was just about to say something completely inappropriate.
      Ralph you are a bad influence.

      Let me edit-
      I’d rather watch multiple replays of the PJboy obamacare commercial, than MDA clips.
      I’d rather watch the entire season of lena dunhams Girls, than MDA clips.
      I’d rather ….

      ok, enough I am making myself sick. yech.

    5. avatar Sammy says:

      I’d reconsider that Ralph, ya can’t play golf without balls .

  15. avatar Raul Ybarra says:

    Well, that is nice. My office’s firewall blocks junk like this. Thank heaven for small favors.

  16. Was Alan opening carrying his video phone???

  17. avatar Kim burr says:

    I didn’t actually watch the whole thing because my wife is on the phone & the noise could be distracting. i did however, step thru the video & noted that apparently 99% of the attendees were seated on the LEFT

  18. avatar Will says:

    My father was killed in his home by some knife weilding thugs. To bad that he was not allowed to keep a gun in his home in New York City. And that is the way the folks in the video want it.

  19. avatar Scott says:

    I’d rather stick a fork in my eye than waste time with this nonsense.

  20. avatar cheapshooter says:

    Started the video. Read the comments. Stopped video at 1:09. Went back to work.

  21. avatar Neon says:

    Boooooorrrrrring. nothing new gleaned from their incorrect statistics.

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