Grassroots group Gays Against Guns holds demonstration in Westwood. That’s the headline at northjersey.com. Let’s have a quick look at how the anti-gun news org defines “grassroots.”
With sheer white cloths covering their faces, holding up photos of people who have become the “silent victims” of gun violence, demonstrators of grassroots group Gays Against Guns had no problem calling some attention to their cause on Westwood Avenue during the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 18.
Four demonstrators wore white clothing from head to toe as they held photos of people and the location and date that they were fatally gunned down.
One woman held a photo of Lawrence Levine, 67, who was killed in the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Oct. 1 last year. Another man held the photo of Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19, who was one of 49 people who were murdered at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12.
Four? Four demonstrators constitute a “grassroots group”? It does when the group concerned is waving the bloody shirt for gun control; catnip for a press that operates under the assumption “if it bleeds it leads.”
Combine that allure with the left-leaning press’ bend-over-backwards support for LGBTQ rights and the media’s gagging for GAG (Gays Against Guns). So to speak.
Don’t get me wrong. I support LGBTQ rights, too. Like the vast majority of the People of the Gun, I believe that the right to keep and bear arms applies to people of all colors, religions and sexual orientations. Period.
But the mainstream media’s love affair with gun control gives short shrift to the pro-gun movement, while delivering proponents of civilian disarmament what Margaret Thatcher called “the oxygen of publicity.” Regardless of their legitimacy (or lack thereof), without providing anything remotely resembling proper perspective.
Truth be told, if it weren’t for free media coverage GAG wouldn’t exist. Nor would Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the Bloomberg-funded anti-gun group led by former Monsanto PR executive (a.k.a., “stay at home Mom”) Shannon Watts.
Fortunately, MDA has slipped from the headlines. Bored Bloomberg? Whatever the reason, don’t expect GAG to go quietly into that long good night. The organizers are using street theater techniques that fringe groups have used to garner press attention countless times before. Like this:
Panozzo was holding a controversial sign that read, “Scott Garrett, NRA puppet, you have enabled the murder of 34,000 kids.”
Congressman Scott Garrett (5th District Republican), who’s been serving since 2003, is running for reelection in the upcoming election against Democratic candidate Josh Gottheimer.
Gays Against Guns New Jersey is “devoted to shaming elected officials and companies that support the [National Rifle Association’s] destructive, fear-based gun-control position,” according to their Facebook group . . .
Panozzo said the organization has some plans for demonstrations in the works for the fall, but that none of them “at this point” involve civil disobedience. “We hope to achieve all of our ends without actually having to get arrested.”