Good old Shannon Watts. She likes to claim to the fawning media that she was simply a little ol’ housewife who decided to get active promoting gun control after Sandy Hook. If only. Now she’s branching out. She’s advocating not only for curtailment of Americans’ Second Amendment rights, but our First Amendment rights as well.
Yes, as the fable goes, Michael Bloomberg plucked Watts from obscurity to act as the face of his Moms Demand Action operation. And that fake news narrative continues to this day. From the Denver Post:
How a Colorado mother became the National Rifle Association’s worst nightmare
Shannon Watts folded laundry as news of the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 children and six adults flashed across her television screen in 2012, rattling something inside the mother of five that couldn’t be stifled. That newfound, burning activism would soon position the Colorado woman to identify herself as the National Rifle Association’s worst nightmare.
Watts scoured Facebook after the Sandy Hook shooting, looking to join a group similar to Mothers Against Drunk Driving but with a focus on ending gun violence. When she couldn’t find what she was looking for, she made her own.
Yet, for anyone willing to do two minutes of Googling, one can quickly find her pedigree in big time public relations. In fact, under her maiden name of Shannon Troughton, she served as president and owner of VoxPop Public Relations, a boutique liberal PR firm.
Before that, well, we’ll let her explain from her press release via PR Newswire:
According to PR Week, “Shannon Troughton recently left a position at the helm of a 30-person corporate communications team at WellPoint, one of the largest health insurers in the US, to start her own healthcare firm, VoxPop Public Relations. She started the firm because she saw a need for boutique agencies that can provide the same service at a lower cost during the recession. At WellPoint, she launched a number of key efforts, such as its Zagats partnership, which allows users to rate their doctors, and the establishment of personalized health records for WellPoint members.”
Troughton has worked in public relations for nearly 20 years, specializing in media relations, product promotion, government affairs, and issues and crisis management.
At WellPoint, Troughton led a team of 40 public relations professionals responsible for implementing communications programs for the 14 states in which the company operates, as well as the company’s business units.
Previously, Ms. Troughton served as director of Global Communications for GE Healthcare, a $15 billion medical diagnostics and device business within General Electric.
Troughton also served as director of Public and Corporate Affairs for Monsanto Company in St. Louis..
Troughton began her career as a communications staffer for the administration of the late Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan in Jefferson City and is a graduate of the University of Missouri.
Just a typical housewife and mom, right?
And now, when she can’t win a debate arguing to grab your guns with her fancy, big-dollar PR skillz, she has begun to trot out her latest ploy to demonize and other-ize America’s 100+ million gun owners…she wants to silence the opposition’s voice.
She’s now going after conservative commentator Ben Shapiro for his stance on protecting how his children are raised and educated.
Ben Shapiro is making a death threat. “Come and take it” is also a death threat. Given our gun violence crisis, law enforcement must stop giving pundits and politicians who say these things a pass. https://t.co/1jhDdLZZJn
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 11, 2019
Sorry Shannon, but “Come and take it” isn’t a death threat. And claiming that it is only betrays your ignorance.
“Come and take it” merely communicates steadfast opposition to would-be tyrants who would oppress gun-owning Americans. People just like you.