I’m fascinated by gun control advocates’ intellectual dishonesty. The “logic” underpinning their crusade for civilian disarmament is fundamentally, demonstrably false. I repeat: the facts do not support their arguments. Which is why antis ultimately resort to emotional arguments. Look at this baby! We know they’re lying to the public. They have to. But are they lying to themselves? Do they believe their own anti-ballistic B.S.? Or are they pathological liars? According to Wikipedia, that depends on their compensation . . .
Lying is the act of both knowingly and intentionally/willfully making a false statement. Most people do so out of fear. Normal lies are defensive, and are told to avoid the consequences of truth telling. They are often white lies that spare another’s feelings, reflect a pro-social attitude, and make civilized human contact possible.
Pathological lying is considered a mental illness, because it takes over rational judgment and progresses into the fantasy world and back. Pathological lying can be described as a habituation of lying. It is when an individual consistently lies for no personal gain. The lies are commonly transparent and often seem rather pointless.
If we believe Shannon Watts’ tweet above – claiming her support for civilian disarmament is purely altruistic – then no, Ms. Watts is not a pathological liar. Problem is: we don’t. She’s lying.
Shannon’s a former Monsanto PR exec and, now, a part of billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety gun control org. The chances that she’d engage in this fight without financial compensation are about the same as the chances I’d turn down Barbara Palvin’s offer to model for TTAG. More than that, Ms. Watts has a record of lying . . .
In the video above, Ms. Watts tells msnbc that 350 people rallied against the NRA in Indianapolis. Being generous, she’s off by some 200 participants. Watts was there. She knows that’s nonsense. Just as she knows that her avowed support for the Second Amendment is ridiculously, obviously absurd. Not to mention the Dana Loesch kerfuffle, wherein Watts claimed that Magpul pays the conservative commentator to promote gun rights.
Even if we accept Ms. Watts’ laughable assertion that she’s an unpaid non-attorney spokesman for gun control who reaches into her own pocket for her travel and meals, it’s clear Watts gets an enormous ego boost from her fame. Why wouldn’t she? To have the national media fawning at your feet feeding you softball “questions” has to be quite the buzz for our Rhode Island-gal. She’s fully emotionally invested in her role.
Yes doctor, but does she believe her own lies? I’ll let Wikipedia have the last word on that.
Pathological lying is a complex phenomenon, differing from other mental illnesses. It has many life-changing consequences for those who must live with the illness. Currently, there is not enough research in the area of pathological lying to guarantee a cure.
Well, my life has been changed by Watts’ pathological lying. I’m more dedicated to the cause of firearms freedom than I was before the Newtown massacre catapulted Shannon to fame and, yes, fortune. FWIW. [h/t TD]