President Barack Obama is under fire this weekend for playing the victim by attempting to re-direct public attention away from his administration’s history of scandals by calling them phony, but the mother of a man killed in the Benghazi terrorist attack says his death wasn’t phony.
The same could be said by the family of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose murder in December 2010 ignited the Fast & Furious scandal, dug up by National Gun Rights Examiner Dan and independent “citizen journalist” Mike Vanderboegh. And don’t forget the hundreds of Mexican citizens who have been murdered by gunmen using firearms obtained illegally via the “gun walking” strategy at the heart of Fast & Furious. Their deaths weren’t phony.
Conservative groups targeted by the IRS and reporters whose e-mails and phone records were investigated — especially Fox News’ James Rosen, portrayed as a potential criminal for doing his job — might also disagree that revelations about those outrages were “phony.”
The president’s strategy is one of many false narratives being pushed in recent days. Another is the ridiculous assertion by the Mercer Island Patch that Initiative 591, supported by Bellevue’s Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and several other groups representing a diverse coalition of gun collectors, hunters and law enforcement professionals, is designed to “block any local background checks.” There is already a National Instant Background Check with a federal standard. I-591 could more accurately be described as an effort to prevent expensive and unnecessary duplication of regulations, while also preventing government gun confiscation without due process (anybody remember Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath?).
The New York Times was lambasted yesterday for falsely portraying the on-going recall effort against two anti-gun Democrats in Colorado over their gun control votes as the work of the National Rifle Association. The “No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money” blog corrects that fabrication by calling the recall a grassroots effort.
That brings us back around to the campaign for I-591, which has been repeatedly portrayed as the work of the NRA and its minions. That allegation has appeared in fund-raising appeals from the already-well-funded backers of Initiative 594, the “gun control initiative” (which even the Mercer Island Patch recognizes).
The NRA is being “bad rapped” on both accounts, but as the “No Lawyers” blog observes, it is something of a gut reflex for anti-gunners to blame that organization for all things bad. The NRA has no leadership role in the Colorado effort and has taken no action, nor has contributed any funding support for I-591. To paraphrase the president, the New York Times and I-594 backers at the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, beating up on the NRA is a “phony” complaint.
And one final word: If it is “gun responsibility” one supports, it would seem that an alliance of gun collectors, law enforcement firearms instructors, hunters, recreational shooters and volunteers in the Open Carry/Washington and Washington Concealed Carry (WA-CCW) movements has far more to do with that definition than a phony “alliance” of Seattle-based gun control advocates.