No doubt Ladd Everitt will consider this post an honor. The communications director of the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has positioned himself and his org as as the de facto champion of anti-gun extremists. This he’s done through the CSGV Facebook page, where Everitt’s endless stream of incendiary posts unleash a flood of anti-ballistic bile; comments so full of hatred they remind of nothing so much as the rabid racism that poisoned this country for generations. Which make the example above all the more ironic . . .
Clearly, Everitt is inviting his 100k+ followers to regard participants at a Washington anti-background check rally as racists. Rednecks. Morons. Judging them on nothing more than their skin color and general appearance. It’s a call they answered in droves.
“Diverse indeed!” Luis Montes agrees. “Different shades (& shapes) of white.” “Bunch of angry trigger happy white men!” Michael Bethea writes. Marie Sanders puts it this way: “That crowd is whiter than Nicole Kidman’s ass.” Walt Lipke is also not impressed: “It is the anti-government, insurrectionist crowd ….who, by all appearances, are also white supremacists.”
William Ward reckons the crowd “Looks like the 3 B’s: bullets, bibles, and bigots.” Debra Stuart knows the drill: “Interesting how they all have a certain look. Whether it be Washington State or the Deep South…they all look the same. They need to take a bath and brush their teeth.” Chuck Bruffey is amused “White Trash makes me laugh!”
Ad hominem much? All. The. Time.
“I guess they wouldn’t pass a background check,” Sally Heltzel Pearsall opines, earning 123 thumbs-up in three hours. “Or an IQ test,” Samantha Hilton adds, racking-up 23 thumbs-up in the same time period. “All those open mouths, and not a tooth in the lot of them,” Traci Fagan asserts, scoring 43 admirers. “They all look inbred,” adds Penny Will White.
As the publisher of a firearms-related website and Facebook page, I appreciate the fact that cherry-picking comments to misrepresent and besmirch a website’s/page’s rep is Agitprop 011. This is not the case here. The outpouring of intolerance and animosity above is fully representative of the kind of comments made both in this post and dozens of others.
Again, it’s critical to note that Everitt attracts a steady stream of vicious anti-gun hatred by design. He does nothing to discourage naked animus and everything to encourage it. To that end , Everitt and/or his minions delete anything remotely resembling coherent counterpoint.
What’s more, Ladd feels free to join in with personal attacks on gun rights advocates: “These guys wouldn’t last a day in a real militia (i.e., National Guard),” he asserts. Simply put, Everitt and his followers have nothing but anger and hatred for anyone who owns a gun.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a larger anti-gun group that gets all the media attention. Their Facebook page deploys a more genteel version of Everitt’s tactics. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of anti-ballistic billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, MDA has virtually unlimited financial backing. On the face of it, the Moms are the more dangerous threat to Americans’ gun rights.
But the Moms aren’t the Brown Shirts of the anti-gun movement. That “distinction” belongs to Everitt and his followers. No anti-gun position is too extreme for the CSGV. I reckon a significant percentage of his maniacal minions are prepared to do anything to further the cause of civilian disarmament. And I’m not talking about voting. Seriously. Anyone who thinks a hate group – any hate group – happily restricts itself to non-violent action isn’t a student of history.
Clever man that he is, Ladd and his anti-firearms faithful will say that my claim proves – again – that American gun owners are dumb, white, racist, misogynist, paranoid men spoiling for a fight. Exactly the sort of people who shouldn’t have guns. To which I would reply that people without basic human decency are, indeed, people to fear. No matter whose side they’re on.
An earlier version of this post identified Elliot Fineman of the National Gun Victims Action Council as the head of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. We regret the error and have corrected it.