Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, the “kindler gentler” anti-gun organization formed after Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns failed to generate positive PR. In other words, MDA is Bloomberg’s third attempt to convince Americans to support civilian disarmament. If you judge Moms by its mainstream media coverage, it’s been third time lucky for the billionaire ballistic bully boy. And yet . . .
MDA is a clearly an Astroturf organization. Its “members” are non-dues paying social media warriors; a real world MDA rally usually consists of a few dozen participants. Compare that with an NRA or other gun rights rally, where hundreds, sometimes thousands of dues-paying members assemble to assert their gun rights. Without the NRA or deep-pocketed media mogul buying them identical T-shirts or subsidizing their travel expenses.
And so today is Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense “Day of Action” – wherein MDA “members” will rally on Capitol Hill – promises to be another in a long line of damp squibs – that garners plenty o’ mainstream media attention. Thanks, in part, to the org’s new public face, Andy Parker. The father of murdered journalist Alison will wave the bloody shirt for MDA’s #WhateverItTakes DC rally, one of an unknown number of #WhateverItTakes rallies “around the country.”
As TTAG previously pointed out, the #WhateverItTakes campaign is a new and ominous meme. It projects both increasing desperation and unalloyed fanaticism, a willingness to operate outside the law. In an article on the MDA-lovin’ Huffington Post, MDA founder Shannon Watts revealed the psychology underlying the antis’ increasingly ineffective efforts.
I think I speak for many American moms and dads when I say the unceasing gun violence this summer has left me angry and scared. Every day, I shed tears because I’m worried about the safety of my children. My husband, John, tells me the gun violence prevention work I do clouds my judgment — that we’re safe and our five children will be okay.
Shannon’s kids live in a lily-white, crime-free Indianapolis suburb. No one in the pro-gun camp is voicing a promise of potential violence. [NOTE: the NRA’s famous “from my cold dead hands” vow is a defensive posture.] While there’s nothing stopping Ms. Watts from purchasing a firearm for self-defense, or re-tasking her armed bodyguards to protect her progeny, relatively speaking, her kids are safe. Her mental stability, not so much.
Which brings us back to Mr. Parker, a former TV actor and failed Virginia anti-gun politician.
Parker’s high-profile efforts to promote gun control laws – which wouldn’t have saved his beloved daughter – will create what Margaret Thatcher called “the oxygen of publicity.” But they will not move the needle on gun control. The schadenfreude that forms the foundation of his tragically reinvigorated anti-gun crusade, the idea that “this could be you,” guarantees that Americans will continue to take up arms in their own defense – as they have in record numbers in response to “the unceasing gun violence this summer.” Again, here’s Ms. Watts:
What I know all too well from my work with Moms is that we’re all just one degree of separation from a gun violence tragedy. None of us are truly safe given our culture of guns for anyone, anywhere, anytime — no questions asked. Andy Parker knows that now, as do all of the heroic survivors I work with every day.
See how that works? Watts, Parker, Bloomberg, Ladd Everett and the rest of the anti-gunners depend on the same fear that drives the NRA, GOA and other gun rights groups. The key difference: Americans are self-reliant. Yes, the so-called “dependency culture” is alive and well – enabled by both Democrats and Republicans. But the public knows in its bones that NRA Veep Wayne LaPierre is right: the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
It could be the police. But then again, maybe not. In terms of Alison Parker’s horrific end, ipso facto when it comes to protecting their own life, the lives of loved ones and the lives of other innocent life, tens of millions of Americans understand that “whatever it takes” means armed self-defense.
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