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Since Parkland, the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex along with their willing stenographers in the media have launched an all-out assault on Second Amendment rights. Armed with a few telegenic teenage sock puppets who are all too willing to grab for their chance at fame, we’ve seen new gun control bills debated and sometimes passed, including bump fire stock bans, raising the age to buy long guns and “red flag” laws.

Alarmed by what he was seeing, attorney and author Mark Smith decided to shed a little light on what’s at play here and has penned a new book, #Duped – How the Anti-gun Lobby Exploits the Parkland School Shooting-and How Gun Owners Can Fight Back. We asked Mr. Smith a few questions about his new book.

Q: Why did you write #Duped?

A: The war on guns has moved from a cold war to a hot war. The mainstream media’s relentless celebration of the handful of Parkland high school kids who voiced support for gun control helped me realize this. The global elites have declared all-out class warfare on gun owners and the Second Amendment. As a gun owner, I felt my rights and the rights of every law-abiding American were under attack. This motivated me to act.

#Duped pulls back the curtain to reveal the real agenda of the gun grabbers and gives readers the intellectual ammunition to fight back against the lies and myths about guns perpetrated by the anti-gun lobby and by the mainstream media.

That guns save lives is not a rhetorical ploy, but a fact. If guns did not protect and save lives, then the world’s one percenters and political elites would not surround themselves with men with guns.

It is important to lay blame at the feet of the real villains. If we focus on distractions and not the real cause of the problem, then we miss another opportunity to adopt solutions that will help prevent another tragic shooting and save lives. Blaming an inanimate object for human criminality is not only silly, but self-defeating; it distracts us from the real causes of violence, i.e., criminals, crazies, cartels, and terrorists.

It is wrong to accuse and punish law-abiding Americans who had nothing to do with the Parkland shooting (or any other school shooting), while deliberately deflecting attention away from those people whose failures allowed Nicolas Cruz’s killing spree to occur.

Guns are not the problem. They are a big part of the solution.

Q: What will readers take away from #DUPED?

A: First, the #NeverAgain “movement” is neither a civil rights nor a grassroots effort. It is not a civil rights movement because it seeks to restrict rather than expand individual freedoms in favor of even greater government power. And it is not a grassroots movement because it is largely funded and supported by urban anti-gun politicians, global elites, Hollywood celebrities and the anti-gun lobby—most of whom are hypocrites in that they surround themselves with armed guards.

Second, the Second Amendment is under attack like never before. This is not a time for gun owners and defenders of the Second Amendment to sit back and think that someone else will step in and defend this sacred right. #Duped is, in certain respects, a call to action for those of us who revere the Constitution and traditional American freedoms.

Third, we have the right to bear arms for good and valid reasons, and those reasons are demonstrated in real life every day and throughout history. We Americans should never give up that right to self-defense no matter how many talking heads on MSNBC and CNN say otherwise.

Fourth, you are your own first responder. You cannot rely on anyone else – including the government – to protect you and your family. If you decide not to own a gun, that’s fine, but you better have an alternate plan if a violent predator sets his sights on you or your family. Personally, I trust people (hard working Americans) over government bureaucrats. The gun grabbers trust government over the people. But all evidence points to government failing all too often in saving lives.

And never forget that once you lose your right to effective self-defense, you will lose it forever. You won’t get it back.   

Q: What are some of the common misconceptions most people have about guns?

A: As set forth in my book #Duped, there are many misconceptions about guns advanced by the gun grabbers. Below are three of the biggest.

Misconception No. 1: That guns are only associated with malicious uses and destructive purposes, when just the opposite is true.

The best evidence that guns do good (protect lives) is provided by many of the most ardent supporters of the #NeverAgain “movement.” How do they protect themselves and their loved ones? They surround themselves with guns in the form of armed guards. And they are not in the minority.

What does the “smart money” do when it comes to personal protection? Guns. What about law enforcement? Guns. The U.S. Secret Service? Guns. The Department of Homeland Security? Guns. Every state and local police department all share one thing in common—they all use guns to protect themselves and those whom they are sworn to protect. If guns are bad, what’s the point of the guns? Obviously, when people have the power or the financial wherewithal to select any means of protection they desire, they pick guns. So, why shouldn’t you too?

Misconception No. 2: The anti-gun lobby tries hard to convince people that the availability of guns causes violence. This is obviously untrue. Hundreds of millions of rifles, shotguns and handguns sit idly in gun safes and closets every night and do no harm. Guns have no more volition than knives, cars, vans, box cutters, or even scissors, all of which have been used to kill people. Guns are but a tool, they are not the problem; the violent criminal, terrorist, or homicidal maniac is the problem.

Misconception No. 3: The gun grabbers rely heavily on the phrase “gun violence,” but no such thing exists, it is a propaganda term. “Gun violence” is a propaganda term designed by the anti-gun zealots to link guns with violence in people’s minds. “Gun violence” implies that the gun did it and not the killer. “Gun violence” does not exist anymore than “knife violence,” “van violence,” “car violence,” or “brick violence.” In Israel, they don’t refer to the burning kites used as weapons as “kite violence” but label it what it is—terrorism by terrorists. Blaming guns for the bad acts of bad people is entirely illogical, but the gun grabbers continue to push that narrative because it has value as a propaganda device.   

Q: How can gun owners fight back against the anti-gun lobby?

A: Gun owners are under attack like never before. Gun owners have a duty to spread the good word about guns.

Gun owners (and defenders of the Second Amendment) must become unapologetic advocates for guns and the Second Amendment. They should never apologize for guns or hesitate to defend guns and gun rights. Learning gun safety (which is surely a very good thing), writing a check to gun rights groups, waving the American flag and voting every November is not enough.

Like your website, gun owners should spread the truth about guns with their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. They should stress the benefits of guns to those folks with whom they talk. When talking with those who oppose or who are unsure about the value of guns in society, just ask them the following:

“When evil comes knocking, what is your plan to defend yourself and your kids? Call 911? Perhaps, but as they say, when seconds count, police are minutes away. And why are you calling 911? Obviously, because you want someone with guns to show up and protect you. So, why not have a gun present to begin with? Why wait for strangers dressed in blue to show up with guns when you can have your own gun to protect yourself immediately?

#DUPED Parkland Book Anti-Gun Gun Conrtrol

Mark W. Smith is a constitutional attorney and The New York Times bestselling author of The Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy: The Arguments You Need to Defeat the Loony Left, and the author of Disrobed: The New Battle Plan to Break the Left’s Stranglehold on the Courts, which lays out an aggressive approach to thwart the liberal assault on America. Smith, a practicing lawyer, is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court bar, and currently serves as the Vice President of the New York City chapter of the Federalist Society, the nation’s most prominent conservative legal organization. He is also a Presidential Scholar and Senior Fellow in Law and Public Policy at The King’s College in New York City, as well as a former professor of law. Smith earned his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and his B.A. in Economics from the University of South Carolina. He regularly appears in the national media as a political and legal commentator.


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  1. Survive being crosshaired by a FBI sniper and draw against the drop, then we’ll have time to talk and write. ’til then, powder dry and wait to see the fear in their eyes. “We can’t reach the Master, but we can tickle his creations”, Pynchon P for P. 30

  2. Glad this was written, and bought the Kindle version last night. Would love to see an article written on the genesys of the Parkland “movement” and how and who funded the bussing to DC, organizing the event, and subsequent tours. I have one guess for most of it, and it isn’t a lemonade stand.

  3. Quite often, firearms owners are their own worst enemies. The duck hunters don’t like the AR-15 “black rifles” so they see no problem if attempts are made to ban them. The traditional rifle owners don’t like machine guns, so they have no problem with them being legislated out of existence. Some pistol owners see nothing wrong with certain long guns being outlawed just as some rifle owners would have no problem seeing pistols banned. You see, anti-gunners want them all. They will chip away a little at a time until their goal of civilian disarmament is complete. They have an excuse for banning every firearm. Scoped bolt-action rifles are defined by anti-gunners as “sniper rifles” because they are “too accurate”. Magazine-fed weapons are suspect because of high (actually normal) magazine capacity. Handguns are suspect because they are “easily concealable”. The gun grabbers want them all and have made (flimsy and suspect) excuses for banning every type of firearm. They don’t care how long it takes. and will use incrementalism to their advantage.
    Friends, ALL firearms advocates must “hang together” and realize that an assault on ANY means of firearms ownership and self-defense is an assault on ALL forms of firearms ownership and self-defense.
    There is absolutely NO ROOM for complacency among ANY Second Amendment supporters. An attack on one is an attack on ALL…
    ALL firearms laws are unconstitutional on their face. Imagine the hue and cry if “reasonable” restrictions were placed on First Amendment activities, especially with the “mainstream media”. The Second Amendment is clear–what part of “shall not be infringed” do politicians and the media not understand…of course, they understand full well…it’s part of their communist agenda…
    Even the NRA bears some responsibility for capitulation on matters concerning firearms. The NRA failed when it allowed the National Firearms Act of 1934 to stand without offering opposition, the 1968 Gun Control Act, the NICS “instant check” system, the “no new machine gun for civilians” ban in 1986, the so-called “assault weapons ban in 1991, and other infringements on the Second Amendment. Let’s face it. What better way to increase membership than to “allow” infringements to be enacted and then push for a new membership drive. Yes, the NRA has done good, but its spirit of “compromise” will only lead to one thing…confiscation.
    If the NRA is truly the premier “gun rights” organization, it must reject ALL compromise…

    • never lose sight of what their ultimate goal is….the signs have never been plainer…and the battle lines more clearly drawn…..

  4. The problem is, we have allowed the anti Second Amendment crowd to define the terms.
    A firearm is a tool which possesses no evil intent on its own. Assigning intent to an inanimate object is the epitome of insanity. Demonizing a weapon on “looks alone” also marks the accuser as an unstable individual who is also insane. Call them out on their illogic and insanity.
    Another dirty tactic the anti-Second Amendment crowd uses exposes children to potential and actual harm by putting them in “gun-free zones”. These people care not one wit about children, but uses them for their own nefarious purposes.
    We need to TAKE BACK the argument…
    When the antis blame the firearm for the actions of a criminal, state that: “a firearm is an inanimate object, subject only to the intent of the user”. Firearms ARE “equalizers” and are used to preserve life and make a 90 lb. woman equal to a 200 lb. criminal”.
    When the antis attempt to justify their “gun free zones” counter their misguided argument with “you mean, criminal safety zones” or “victim disarmament zones”.
    State that “we protect our money, banks, politicians and celebrities, buildings and facilities with PEOPLE WITH GUNS, but protect our children with “gun-free zone” signs”.
    When the antis state that: “you don’t need and AR-15”, counter with, “Who are YOU to consider what I need or want?”
    When the antis criticize AR-15s in general, counter with: “you mean the most popular rifle of the day, use able by even the smallest, weakest person as a means of self-defense. Besides, AR-15s are FUN to shoot”. Offer to take them to the range and supply them with an AR-15, ammunition and range time. I have made
    many converts this way.
    When the antis state that: “You don’t need an AR-15 to hunt with”, counter with “AR-15s ARE used for hunting, but in many states, are prohibited from being used to take large game because they are underpowered”.
    When the antis state that: “AR-15s are high powered rifles”, correct them by stating that “AR-15s with the .223 or 5.56mm cartridge are considered medium-powered weapons–NOT “high-powered” by any means”.
    When the antis state that: “the Constitution was written during the time of muskets, and that the Second Amendment should only apply to “weapons of that time period”, state that: “by your logic, the First Amendment should not apply to modern-day telecommunications, internet, television, radio, public-address systems, books and newspapers produced on high-speed offset printing presses. Only “town-criers” and Benjamin Franklin type printing presses would be covered under the First Amendment”.
    When the antis state that “only law enforcement and government should possess firearms”, remind them of the latest school shooting, as well as Columbine, where “law enforcement” SAT ON THEIR HANDS while children were being murdered, citing “officer safety”, afraid to challenge the shooter, despite being armed to the hilt. Let’s not forget that police have immunities from prosecution for their actiobns and other protections not afforded to ordinary citizens. The government-run murderous sieges at Ruby Ridge and Waco are also good examples of government (mis)use of firearms. Let’s not forget the millions murdered under communism by their governments AFTER their firearms were confiscated.
    This tome can be used to counter any argument against any infringement of our Second Amendment.

  5. Little commie snowflakes or useful idiots. ” Pass more gun control so we can be less safe”.Duh.

  6. When I encounter an anti-gun/left winger I use their own tactics against them. I tell them that my guns are the nice guns and that they must be prejudice, racist and bigoted towards guns. I advise them that each year I take my guns out of the safe and give them a stern safety briefing. They are told that they can’t leave the house without me, they are not allowed to go off without me, no one is allowed to pull their trigger but me and they are not to shoot anyone unless I am pulling the trigger. And just so that you know, in the 45 years that I have owned them, they have never shot a human being. You see until we teach at the level that an anti-gunner can understand they will never know how sweet guns really can be. LOL

  7. The little dyke bitch in the middle with the burred head wears a Cuban flag on her army jacket. So FUCK her & her BULLSHIT ideas. She is Aniti-American & her thoughts or ideas don’t mean SHIT. She needs to go live in Cuba since she wears it’s flag on her clothes. The rest of them are just a bunch of WHINEBAG SNOWFLAKES. So their ideas don’t mean anything either. They better go have 1 of their cry ins in their safe spaces, LOL.

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