Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, the political fundraising group created to turn Gabby Giffords’ tragedy into a fundraising vehicle to disarm Americans, made what I thought was a very reasonable offer. In short, Giffords’ and Kelly’s group says that they will send you their latest propaganda book, Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence, for a donation of any amount. I was alerted to the offer by a member of the Arizona Citizen Defense League (AZCDL). Great deal, right?
Here’s what their email blast said:
We had a crazy idea, and want to know if you’ll take us up on it.Gabby and I wrote a new book that’s coming out at the end of this month. It’s called Enough, and it’s about why we are working to keep America safe from gun violence.I’ll tell you more about the book itself in a second, but here’s our offer.Contribute ANY amount you think is fair to support our work at Americans for Responsible Solutions, and we’ll send you a copy of our book before it’s even in stores.We know that some people might contribute less than the book costs, and that’s OK.
The suggestion from the email’s author was that a donation of two cents be made, as the book probably cost about 50 cents to print and a buck to deliver. So that’s what I tried to do.
But as shown in the screenshot above, two cents wasn’t enough to get a book. So much for the truthfulness of the “ANY amount you think is fair.” Another AZCDL member said that the lowest he could make work was one dollar which would recoup most of ARS’s cost of printing and shipping…but that is not all.
As one of the officers of AZCDL warned:
ANY person who donates to these groups will also be counted as a member or supporter when they tell the media or Congress how much support they have. And, they WILL sell your information to other organizations and vendors.
So they would probably make more than enough money to cover book printing and shipping costs by selling your information.
I doubt that there’s any useful information in this book and I wouldn’t spend more than two cents for it. I certainly thought that would be a fair price, considering that they want to use the money to undermine my rights.
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