You may recall that TTAG offered a grand in the hand to anyone who could identify the mystery actor in the Mayors Against Illegal Guns ad pimping “universal background checks” [click here to view] No one collected and the offer expired. Back in April, nydailynews.com ran a feature claiming they’d traced down the pro-civilian disarmament bearded hunter dude. “The Daily News has confirmed the identity, address and occupation of the man featured in the ad at the back of a pick-up truck in a rural setting with children playing in the background. In light of the NRA attack, The News has also agreed to his request to not publish his name.” Really? It’s OK for a hunter to publicly enter the public debate over gun control with YouTube anti-gun agit prop (that threatens our natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms) and remain anonymous? I don’t think so . . .
The man in question is Charleston, West Virginia real estate broker Bret Nida. As the video above indicates, Mr. Nida is not exactly a recluse. As the picture at the top of the post reveals, Mr. Nida is not what you’d call a pacifist either.
Saying that, his Facebook page doesn’t say squat on the subject of guns, gun rights or his participation in the ad. For that we return to the NY Daily news article:
I own four rifles, three shotguns and a pistol. When required, I have gone through background checks when purchasing guns and I don’t see why background checks shouldn’t be required for everyone.”
He said he’s hunted since he was 14 and had West Virginia hunting and fishing licenses for a decade, along with a concealed carry permit.
“The NRA attacks on me are wrong. I am not an actor and I am a lifelong hunter.”
TTAG has put in a call into Mr. Nida. We’d like to get some background on his participation in the MAIG ad, his thoughts about the laws they support and his position on gun control generally.