“Let me be clear,” One Million Moms for Gun Control founder Shannon Watts states in a Huffington Post blog, “we do not stand for a ban on guns.”
So naturally, her first “middle ground solution [and] straightforward” bullet point demands we “Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds.”
The bipolar disconnects with reality don’t stop there.
Rather than one million moms, Watts claims having “signed up tens of thousands.” Even after almost six months of the group being in operation, their Facebook page has only garnered just over 100,000 “likes.” And, per New York’s CBS 2, a heavily-publicized rally drawing from “five boroughs and several other states, including Michigan and Florida” only managed to attract “some 400 marchers.”
Perhaps that’s why they soon thereafter changed their name to “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.”
The questions remain, which moms are doing the demanding, and how many?
“There are four million current members of the NRA, but there are more than 80 million moms in America,” Watts asserts, as if those numbers have any kind of relevant correlation, and as if a significant portion of those moms don’t live in gun-owning households, or aren’t part of a growing demographic of gun owners themselves.
As long as Watts is portraying herself as a representative for voices of moms demanding anything, what would be relevant is to determine how many of her demands reflect genuine grassroots sentiment, as opposed to behind the scenes manipulation by string-pullers with resources to advance an agenda.
To become an NRA member is a pretty straightforward process. You sign up, pay the fee for the appropriate level, get your membership card with unique ID number, and have a say in how the Association is run — regular members with five-year standing and those who signed up for elevated memberships like Life or Benefactor get to vote for the Board of Directors, whose actions are governed by a set of bylaws. As a 501 (c)(4) membership association with 501 (c)(3) subsidiaries and a segregated 527 PAC fund, the organization’s finances and spending are transparent, and while its enemies continually portray it as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the gun industry, even a report by Bloomberg, which noted substantial corporate contributions conceded “Combined, sources such as fundraising, sales, advertising and royalties produced about $115 million in 2010, just over half the NRA’s $227.8 million in income, according to the group’s tax return. Most of the rest, about $100.5 million, came from membership dues.”
What does it take to become a “member” of Moms Demand Action? What does that membership get you? How much does it cost and who does it go to, besides PO Box 347, Zionsville, Indiana 46077? How are the Board of Directors selected and who are they? And importantly, where does the bulk of their money and ability to finance a heavy web presence, recruit community “leaders” and “demand” media attention come from?
A clue comes from a press release for a Moms Demand Action Mother’s Day Walk and Rally Against Gun Violence that took place a few weeks back in Cincinnati , which, despite hoopla, local television “news” coverage, and active participation by various church groups and even Obama’s Organizing for Action lending their name to the endeavor, only managed to bring out “dozens of mothers.”
That press release clue?
Right at the beginning it states “The following release is being issued by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.”
So much for “a growing grassroots movement,” but it is consistent with the way the man behind the curtain, billionaire Mike Bloomberg operates, as evidenced by the star of another of his projects, “Average Joe.” Who that faux good old boy really is remains unknown, so naturally no one in “legitimate media” is curious to find out. And in a similar effort by the “progressive” MoveOn.org, their “proud defender of the Second Amendment” isn’t proud enough to tell us more about himself and his other affiliations, and remains an enigma that only “unauthorized journalists” care to ask about.
The antis know they can’t take our guns from us, so they’ve got to engage in deception to con people into believing momentum and political demand are on their side, and elite mother-fronters like Bloomberg have the wealth, the organization, the technical resources, the media reach and the political clout to produce powerful illusions to that effect. Once we realize that, we can see it’s all about masking the AstroTurf through a sophisticated technological and psychological exploitation of primal responses.
Puffing oneself up to look bigger elicits an emotional reaction inducing potential challengers (and importantly, pliable politicians) to fear presumed power, and Bloomberg, for pathological domination fetish reasons of his own, is playing the role of screaming alpha chimp. But it’s all a bluff, and gun owners would do well to remember that only really works on the self-doubting, the submissive and the weak.
Somehow, when you realize he’s reduced to hiding behind a bunch of skirts, it’s not hard to muster up contempt, defiance and resolve instead.
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