You’ve no doubt heard about Mayor Bloomberg’s reorganization of his gun control groups. The recently purchased media darlings Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and their less photogenic older sibling (Mayors Against Illegal Guns) are now subsidiaries of the newly formed Everytown for Gun Safety. Everytown Mayors Demanding Illegal Gun Action for Demanding Moms isn’t the only new conglomerate on the gun control block. The above video was produced by States United to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun control group that’s been around for four years. Checking their Affiliates page . . .
States United (which sounds like a soccer team to me) has 31 named affiliates. Although there’s nothing on the webpage to indicate who’s behind States United, the logo in the YouTube video has ceasefireusa.org underneath. Which led me to States United’s media rep, Sue Hornik.
Ms. Hornik told TTAG she’s been in the job since October. She admitted that States United has been flying below the radar for a while, although their first public service announcement, Ed, caused quite a stir. TTAG blogged that bad boy back in the day. Here it is again:
Ms. Hornik said her coalition promotes the usual civilian disarmament agenda (although she didn’t quite describe it that way): universal background checks, safe storage laws, mandatory training for concealed carry permit holders, gun confiscation for people (i.e. men) convicted (yes convicted) of domestic abuse, etc.
Hornik had nothing but praise for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, crediting Shannon Watts’ mob for bringing more women into the “gun safety” fold. She welcomed Mayor Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, pointing out that States United differs in that it “doesn’t get involved in elections.”
That said, Ms. Hornik claimed 130,000 members. She admitted that a “few groups” have paying members; “activist volunteers” make-up the vast majority of that stat. States United gets its funding from foundations and donations; Ms. Hornik declined to name the foundations footing the bill.
When I asked Hornik if States United supports the Second Amendment, she asserted that her members are law-abiding Americans who accept the Supreme Court’s rulings on gun rights. To back up her statement Hornik revealed that she grew up with a firearms-friendly hunting family in New Hampshire, a family that stressed responsible firearms ownership.
Ever the ambassador, I responded to Hornik’s support for actual gun safety – lock giveaways, suicide prevention programs, non-violence projects for urban teens – by asking if States United or it affiliates had ever reached out to the pro-gun side on these true common ground initiatives.
The soft-spoken spokeswoman paused. And then dodged the question entirely; pointing out the fact that States United had members who owned guns. Law enforcement officials, too! I signed off at the point, once again convinced that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. [h/t thegunwire.com]