Everytown for Gun Safety, the anti-civil rights organization founded by billionaire plutocrat Michael Bloomberg, issued a statement admitting that it had misrepresented facts in one of its recent advertisements. As Cheryl Chumley of The Washington Times reports . . .
The group issued a report…that said more than 1,000 online gun ads in Vermont were posted by unlicensed dealers and therefore, leading potential buyers to bypass background checks. But Everytown for Gun Safety wrongly identified 48 ads by dealers. …
Everytown for Gun Safety…has issued an apology for the error.
“A previous version of this report incorrectly stated that we identified 1,106 ads posted by unlicensed Vermont sellers offering firearms for sale. We inadvertently included 48 ads posted by licensed dealers in Vermont in this total. This version of the report reflects data based on the updated total of 1,058 gun ads posted by unlicensed sellers,” the group said in a statement.
One of the mis-identified dealers, Bobby Richards of Crossfire Arms in Mount Holly, Vermont, is currently pursuing legal action, reports Bob Owens at Bearing Arms. Crossfire Arms has issued a press release, which states:
In the blatantly false and malicious report distirbuted to a worldwide audience, Everytown [for Gun Safety] misappropriated Crossfire Arms’ logo and defamed its owner Bobby Richards and Crossfire Arms by characterizing both as vehicles for the unlicensed sale of firearms to felons, fugitives from justice, domestic violence abusers, and other unspecified criminals.
For the record, Richards and Crossfire Arms observe and comply with all federal and state laws pertaining to firearms….
In a time when the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding firearms owners are under relentless attack by agenda-driven Bloomberg-backed organizational fronts and government authorities, Richards and Crossfire Arms rightfully fear and anticipate that Everytown’s actions will deter vendors and customers from association with Crossfire Arms….
Richards and Crossfire Arms intend to take swift and immediate legal action aimed at holding Everytown and all those associated with the defamatory report accountable for this latest irresponsible attempt by a Bloomberg-backed organization to distribute factually incorrect reports to susceptible media outlets and elected-state officials.
Alan Gottlieb, of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms was quick to issue his own statement, pointing out that Everytown’s relationship with the truth has been a rocky one in the past:
This is not the first time a Bloomberg-funded gun control lobbying group has played fast and loose with facts…. Everytown and Moms Demand Action have been challenged for falsely inflating the number of school shootings since Sandy Hook, and who can forget the gun control bus tour funded by Bloomberg that included the names of criminals and a suspected terrorist as victims of gun violence? …
“Mike Bloomberg doesn’t only owe that gun dealer an apology,” Gottlieb concluded. “He owes every gun owner in America an apology.
The NRA News Facebook page pretty much sums it all up:
It seems self-evident that nothing produced by Everytown for Gun Safety can be accepted without rigorous fact-checking, as they have proven that they will say or do nearly anything to push their agenda, including falsifying report data and results.
Well, despite all of that, I do feel a tiny bit of sympathy for the content writers over at Everytown.
Trying to fool all of the people all of the time is a tough mandate.