Yesterday, our man Leghorn debunked a study on American gun ownership. An opt-in, pay-for-play study touted by the anti-gun agitators at The Trace and the resolutely hoplophobic editors at The Guardian — despite the fact that they’d only seen a summary of the results, which won’t be published until after the presidential election.
As expected, as planned, the anti-gun rights mainstream media have picked up the headline. 50% of American guns owned by 3% of population – study Russia’s rt.com proclaims. Survey: Half Of All U.S. Guns Owned By Just 3% Of Americans sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com announces. Just three percent of adults own half of America’s guns washingtonpost.com pronounces.
This propaganda campaign is straight out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Rule number 12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.” Remember all the animus towards “the one percent”? Like that. Here’s the weird part: there’s a movement called the “3 percenters.” Wikipedia.org:
The group’s name is based on a claim that the historical American Revolution military in armed resistance against the British in the American Revolution constituted three percent of the population . . . The movement was started in 2001 shortly after 9/11 in reaction to a perceived trend towards an increasingly overreaching federal government, particularly towards government overreach in all areas life, including objections to stricter gun control. The movement was co-founded by Mike Vanderboegh from Alabama, a member of the Oath Keepers, a group with whom they remain loosely allied, and who publicized the movement on his blog “Sipsey Street Irregulars” beginning November 2008.
Coincidence? Probably. In any case, are you one of the three percent of Americans who supposedly owns loads ‘o guns (more than 17)? You know; before the boating accident. And are you a “3 Percenter” — in spirit if not affiliation?