Dana Loesch works for TheBlazeTV. She’s about as pro-gun as it gets. So when news got out that she’d be co-hosting daytime gabfest The View this week on ABC’s nationally syndicated network, the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex collectively wigged out and started pulling every trick in the book to try and keep her off the air. It’s a strategy we’ve seen used before to try and keep our own Robert Farago off CNN, actually. Better to silence someone with whom you disagree than engaging in honest and open debate. And now they’re at it again . . .
Back in November, CNN reached out to Robert to come on a show and talk about the events of the day. Robert tweeted about it, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence immediately responded, calling RF an “insurrectionist & misogynist.” and demanded that he be stopped from going on the air.
A super typhoon in the Philippines succeeded where CSGV’s contempt for anyone who opposes their opinion failed, but it gave Michael Bloomberg’s Shannon Watts, Moms Demand Action’s telegenic mouthpiece, a blueprint for what to do the next time they want someone silenced.
This time it’s Dana Loesch is in the crosshairs. And MDA isn’t playing nice. Shannon is throwing every pejorative she can conjure up at Loesch, and in so doing she’s only highlighting the insanity of her position. From TheBlaze:
Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, launched her own Twitter campaign on Saturday in protest of Loesch’s upcoming gig on “The View.”
In addition to re-tweeting messaging calling Loesch a “pro-gun extremist,” “hate monger,” and “gun bully,” Watts also repeatedly messaged the official Twitter account of “The View” to express her disappointment in the show for giving someone a platform who she happens to disagree with.
Watts also claimed that Loesch is a paid “shill” of firearms manufacturer Magpul.
Gun control advocates like Watts hate free speech. Or, more specifically, any speech that doesn’t contribute to their cause. It’s the reason that every YouTube channel, Facebook page and other new media venue they operate either has comments disabled or is carefully monitored to make sure that only comments that fit their narrative make it through and are posted.
They’re so out of touch with reality that the only way they can maintain their base of support is by silencing all opposition and keeping their supporters in an echo chamber filled with their gun-grabbing propaganda. Toward that end, they need to keep anyone with an opinion that goes against their own off daytime TV.
Shannon’s cookie-cutter approach is fairly obvious:
- Paint herself as the white knight of a good cause, her opponent as an uncaring and evil “gun bully.”
- Label anyone who opposes her as an “extremist.” Never mind that Shannon herself is an extremist thanks to her views on gun control. She smears anyone who disagrees with her as out of touch with “most Americans,” the scary “other” who must be shunned.
- Claim her opposition is getting money from the big bad gun industry, no matter what the facts may be.
It’s that last one that Shannon is relying on to get the most traction.
Back when banning cigarettes was the cause du jour, the most effective means of discrediting any opposition was the argument that they were being paid by the big tobacco companies for their position on the issue. It not only evoked the deeply seated hatred liberals have for big corporations and rich people (the one percenters!) in general, but it also painted them as uncaring “merchants of death,” trying to buy their way out of the situation without a care for the lives of their customers.
Use the same strategy and add to claims that guns are particularly dangerous to children and you come to realize that Shannon Watts is simply another Rob Reiner with fewer cheeseburgers under her belt.
That may have been an effective strategy for cigarettes, but there’s a problem with using the same approach when it comes to guns: the facts don’t support the gun control advocates’ claims. There is no “gun violence epidemic” – they made it up. Guns save lives. And despite Shannon Watts’ oh-so-earnestly-delivered protestations, “children” are not being slaughtered by guns. But the gun control advocates couldn’t possibly care less about facts. It’s the emotions the issue raises that they’re after. And in their minds, banning civilian ownership of guns is the right thing to do, no matter what the numbers actually say.
That’s why Watts is pressing so hard to keep Dana Loesch off The View. A reasoned, well-stated argument in favor of armed personal defense delivered to an audience of moms can’t be allowed. She can’t have actual facts getting out, and she’s willing to do anything and everything to discredit MDA’s opposition to muzzle them. Because if the kind of people who watch The View hear the facts – and think about what they mean – people like Shannon Watts are sunk.