In what was billed as a protest of the NRA Annual Meeting, Shannon Watts served up a heapin’ helpin’ of the same old boilerplate this afternoon, regaling supporters of the resounding successes of Moms Demand Action’s efforts at “reducing gun violence.” The Moms head honcho addressed a crowd of 110 supporters (more than half from out of town, according to a Moms PR flak) in a downtown Nashville park, six safe blocks from the NRA Convention venue. Press releases before the event claimed that the turnout would exceed 400, but the actual number didn’t match the hype. Imagine that. Civic parks in Tennessee are currently classified as gun-free zones by state law and that may have been behind the choice of location, but we couldn’t possibly comment . . .
The gist of the speeches was to urge Governor Bill Haslam not to sign a new bill on his desk which would end the park prohibition that was approved by the legislature and has the support of a majority of Tennessee residents. Whether Shannon and her hoplophobic harridans’ demonstration will have any effect on the governor’s decision remains to be seen.