“Here’s something you may not know about President Donald Trump’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci,” huffingtonpost.com reports to readers who don’t surf TTAG. “He’s an ardent supporter of gun control.” Proof?
Scaramucci, a businessman and longtime Trump ally, has tweeted for years about his support for tighter gun laws, stating in 2012, “I have always been for strong gun control laws.” He’s also made the point that keeping a gun in your house is more likely to harm you or your loved ones than a potential intruder (which is true).
I hate that stat. The fact that gun owners are more likely to be the victims of a negligent discharge or intra-family “gun violence” is both true and irrelevant. Car owners are more likely to have a car accident than people without cars, too. And?
And while armed self-defense in the home is a low probability event (thanks to gun ownership), it prepares armed Americans for a potentially catastrophic event. Just ask what remains of the Petit family. OK, so . . .
His views are not sitting well with Dana Loesch, the national spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association. On Friday, just as news was breaking about Scaramucci’s hiring,
Loesch tweeted (above) that Trump had made a “concerning” choice in Scaramucci since he has “a contrary position” to the president on gun rights. The tweet was later taken down.
Over to the equally anti-gun rights washingtonpost.com for Mr. Scaramucci’s reaction to the brouhaha over his stance on gun control.
On Saturday, the day after he became Trump’s communications director, he announced on Twitter that he’s deleting his old tweets, which he said are only a distraction.
The People of the Gun were “distracted” alright. But I reckon we’re smart enough to know that politicians have about as much moral fiber as a bowl of Rice Krispies. By thy deed, thy shall be known, and all that. Yes?
Meanwhile, the NRA has something of a problem on its hands. The gun rights group has a longstanding policy of staying stum on breaking news.
Because of the official blackout, Ms. Loesch’s anti-gun media-friendly and let’s face it strident commentary has become the NRA’s de facto official position on politics. More accurately, it’s what the mainstream media chooses to call the NRA’s official position on political matters.
This also applies to statements by the other NRA commentators — despite the disclaimer that proceeds their NRA-funded and produced videos.
Either the NRA’s got to rein Ms. Loesch and the rest of their commentariat in, or start reacting to breaking news. It looks like they’ve opted for the former. Watch this space.