“If you support gun manufacturers over schoolchildren, you just might be a redneck.” That’s Craig Johnston’s entirely predictable comment under a Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Facebook post. This one promotes MDA’s Twitter campaign against comedian Jeff Foxworthy and country singer Alan Jackson. Their transgression? The entertainers “agreed to open this year’s NRA convention after the NRA pushed to arm convicted criminals, blocked federal gun violence research, and board members promoted armed insurrection.” And told members to eat babies. The MDA campaign is hot the heels of their – well, a Newtown anti-gun group’s – campaign against . . .
Comedian Jay Leno. Leno pulled out of a gig for the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s annual SHOT Show dinner, once he “discovered” who was footing the bill.
Clearly, MDA jefe Shannon Watts is re-focusing her anti-ballistic bully boy tactics on the entertainment industry, after her campaign to force Kroger to ban open carry came a cropper (as the Brits are wont to say). This after taking plenty o’ heat for bitching about being banned from the NRA’s Twitter feed – despite the fact that MDA’s banned thousands of people from commenting on her Facebook page.
The Moms remain a force to be reckoned with – if only because the mainstream media loves ’em and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg keeps stuffing Benjamins in Shannon’s pocket. But Watts seems more and more determined to play to her base, rather than moving the organization into the mainstream. Works for me.