The Truth About Guns gives Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America a great deal of coverage. More than a few commentators are unhappy about this editorial “obsession.” They’ve pointed out – as have we – that Mother Demand Action (MDA) is a sham. They have nowhere near the popular-never-mind-active support of gun rights groups. So why give the doyennes of disarmament the oxygen of publicity (as Margaret Thatcher warned journalists covering the IRA)? Doesn’t that simply raise MDA’s profile and, thus, spread their message? To paraphrase President Richard Nixon, I’m glad I asked me that question (again) . . .
Mothers Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is the single most dangerous group to gun rights in America. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the headline from the progressives at msnbc.com: The new leaders on gun safety in 2013? Moms. Again, MDA’s pole position is not because they’re a force at the ballot box. Or on the streets. MDA’s “rallies” are so poorly attended the media must bend over backwards to avoid wide shots that reveal the organization’s stunning lack of popular support. No, MDA’s strength is pure PR.
If MDA spokeswoman and founder Shannon Watts didn’t exist, the media would have to invent her. In fact, they have. That headline tells the tale: MDA are the new leaders for “gun safety” because msnbc says so – to the point where the non-news network includes the group in their branding ads. Thousands of left-leaning publications are in their thrall, from the New York Times to the Grand Rapids Press. Thank to fawning press coverage, MDA has replaced the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence as the go-to gun control group.
Compared to the carpet bombing coverage afforded MDA by the mainstream media, The Truth About Guns’ sniping at MDA has a relatively minor impact. But we’re not without influence. As Nick’s quarterly traffic report reveals, The Truth About Guns garners more than 1.6m unique readers per month. Equally, we’re a blog. We can return to stories again and again, keeping salient facts at the fore, introducing new ones as they arise. Generally, we can prove a point by [let’s face it] endless repetition.
I know our MDA coverage can get tiring. And no, I’m not going to trot out the old saw “if you don’t like it, don’t read it.” My justification: the number one firearms blog on the planet has a responsibility to report on the number one danger to your natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Just as I repeat that phrase ad infinitum, I feel obliged to report every move by MDA to disarm Americas. They dodge, we feint. They feint, we weave. But we will never waver in our commitment to counter anti-gun agitation.
That said, it’s your blog. If you want TTAG to cut down on its coverage of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, if you think we’ve gone overboard, we’ll dial it back, But before you provide feedback below, let me say this about that: it’s not good enough to be for gun rights. It’s not good enough to be against gun control. If you want to defend your gun rights, you must know what your enemy is doing. As Thomas Jefferson said, eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. We’re good with that, MDA-wise. Are you?