money.cnn.com has just posted a feature on Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America jefe Shannon Watts. The profile offers readers the officially sanctioned, fully sanitized version of her journey from “stay-at-home Mom” to [allegedly] pro-2A anti-gun crusader. No mention’s made of Watt’s PR background, including her extensive stint pimping for Monsanto. Or how Shannon’s blended family [above] came to be. As for the bits included, CNN’s fact checker must’ve been out the day the unnamed writer penned this nauseating hagiography. For example . . .
Backed by 30,000 donors, including Bloomberg, Moms Demand Action has become a social media powerhouse with enough heft to pressure big retail stores and restaurant chains to ban open carriers — customers who openly brandish firearms including AK-47s. Among the stores that this year bowed down to pressure from her are Target (TGT), Chipotle (CMG), Chili’s (EAT), Sonic (SONC), Panera (PNRA) and Jack in the Box (JACK).
Oh, so that’s why CNN Money blew Shannon such a big wet kiss! Her anti-gun jihad has affected companies on the stock exchange. Only it’s worth noting that NONE of these restaurant chains have changed their firearms related policies. ALL of them simply asked their patrons to leave their guns at home – no force of law involved.
This is the first we’ve heard of 30k donors to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (as opposed to the NRA’s 5m+ registered, paying members). “Including Bloomberg”? Hello? MDA is a wholly owned subsidiary of billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s self-funded Everytown for Gun Safety disarmament group. In other words, MDA as independent grassroots organization my ass.
And then there’s this . . .
Watts, who lives in a suburb of Indianapolis, insists that she is not anti-gun.
Growing up in Indiana, Watts was raised in a household with a strong gun culture. Her grandfathers owned guns and “were avid hunters.”
But Watts does not own a gun. Citing the high rate of suicide among teenagers, Watt says she doesn’t want a firearm in a household “full of teens.” Her children range in age from 13 to 25.
As a mom, Watts’ primary motivation is to keep guns away from harming kids. What worries her most is the epidemic of shootings in public places, which is why a big part of her effort is focused on blocking gun-toting strangers from places frequented by families like restaurants and stores.
If the mainstream media has a responsibility to question Watts on anything, and I’m thinking they do, it’s her
bald-faced lie contention that she’s not anti-gun. A quick Google search of MDA’s position on firearms regulation or a cursory visit to her org’s Facebook page reveals that Shannon Watts never met a gun control law she didn’t like. Never. Not one. “Tell me Ms. Watts, do you think women should arm themselves against rapists?”
It’s good to know that spree killings are her primary worry. That tells us – again, still – that she ain’t got time for worrying about women being raped. Or inner city gang bangers shooting each other and innocent bystanders. Or, for that matter, firearms-related suicides. Keep guns out of the house? That’s her answer to that one.
The CNN “report” ends with a quote previously generated by Watts for another media sycophant: “The gun lobby is very vocal about their fears of their guns getting taken away. Moms are afraid of our children being taken away, and that’s the argument that, I think, will win at the end of the day.” As I said before, I agree. Which is why sensible Moms are armed against criminals, rapists, potential government tyrants and, yes, domestic violence. While MDA’s Moms are armed with nothing more than lies, hysteria, delusion, spoonfed media mediocrity and self-righteous arrogance. [h/t RR]
[Note: abusive personal attacks against Ms. Watts in the comments section will be deleted without notice.]