And we’ll be there to cover it for you . . .
The convention, which runs through Sunday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown, comes at an intense moment in the national gun debate. On Feb. 14, a school shooting left 17 dead in Parkland, Florida, sparking student-led protests across the country and calls for gun reform.
Following the school shooting, Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway called for America’s largest gun lobby to relocate its meeting, saying it would face “marches and demonstrations.” A Dallas resident launched a petition urging the city to revoke the funds it put toward the NRA convention. It has more than 40,000 signatures.
Several demonstrations are planned while the NRA meets in Dallas. About 80,000 gun advocates are expected to attend the convention.
Next week, activist shareholders will make their first attempt at shaking up the gun industry using their votes instead of just their voices.
One big campaign is against an NRA-connected director on the board of Sturm Ruger & Co., one of the nation’s largest gun makers. Groups are threatening to withhold their votes for Sandra Froman’s renomination as director to the board, where she has been a member since 2015. Froman has been a director of the National Rifle Association for 26 years and was its president from 2005 to 2007.
Amalgamated Bank, which describes itself as promoting socially responsible causes, wants Sturm Ruger to agree to a list of demands involving gun safety and sales practices by this Friday or it says it will withhold its vote for Froman. The company, it says, is too closely tied to the NRA.
Dems outnumber GOPs in Maryland 2-1 . . .
Kromer oversaw the survey of 617 Marylanders, who were asked, “Who do you have more confidence in to handle the issue of gun violence? The Republican governor? Or the Democrats?” The answer was a statistically equal split of 39 percent favoring (GOP) Gov. Larry Hogan and 40 percent favoring the Democrats.
“That division, I think, is caused by folks who look to the Democrats, who are kind of pushing forward with supporting more gun control measures, and perhaps the folks who look to the governor, who see him advocating, I think, for more school safety measures,” Kromer said.
When asked whether gun control could be the one issue he and his Democratic opponent could agree on come November, Hogan said, “I think there might be a lot of things we agree on except maybe they might not agree that I should be governor for another four years.”
Southern Illinois county becomes the third to announce they will not comply . . .
In a unanimous vote, the Saline County board joined Effingham and Jefferson counties in protesting what they consider to be unconstitutional gun control reforms currently being considered by the Illinois legislature.
“We did it to send a message to the lawmakers in Springfield that gun owners exist outside of Cook County,” said Saline County Board Chairman Jay Williams.
“We like our guns. We want our guns. The Second Amendment gives us those rights. They need to think before they start passing legislation.”
They’ve always counted on confusion and misinformation to push through more restrictions . . .
The “assault weapon” issue was brilliantly constructed by gun-ban advocates to take advantage of the ill-informed. Thirty years ago, gun control strategist Josh Sugarmann wrote a report explaining that the press and the public had gotten tired of the handgun ban issue. He urged that prohibitionists concentrate instead on “assault weapons.”
He offered a key reason why this new type of gun ban would have a good chance politically: “The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.”
He was correct.
No. Next question . . .
A concerted effort began in February when Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign, and Gabby Giffords’s gun-safety organization, the Giffords Law Center, gathered with a host of P.R. professionals, talent agents, and other showbiz insiders, at the Soho House in West Hollywood and the offices of P.R. firm Sunshine Sachs in Manhattan, to figure out how to move forward. It was one week after the Parkland massacre, and the group was inspired by the rage-fueled activism of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
According to those in attendance, the meeting was less an agenda-driven event than an open forum. Those in the room openly questioned the efficacy of Hollywood’s help, concluding that it was better to empower the teenagers than employ the same tried and true formula of centering the message on famous people. And the gun-safety groups hoped the passion in the room could sustain until the midterm elections on November 6.
Another fatal shooting in the peaceful multicultural utopia of London, a place where guns are strictly regulated! pic.twitter.com/q8RGA4JFvD
— Mark Collett (@MarkACollett) May 2, 2018