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The Misleading Lies of Everytown

Bob Rogers

Friday, February 16, 2018 – The media has no shame. They only have an agenda. It is to disarm America, the cost in lives lost, including children, be damned. Following Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida, CNN’s Dana Bash and Anderson Cooper TV’ed what they wanted to sound like truthful reporting.  It was anything but. About bump stocks Bash said that Congress has ignored doing anything about “turning semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons.” The truth is, the ATF is dragging their feet on the issue, having been asked by the NRA and the Trump Administration to examine if the product can be regulated as a “conversion device” to comply with existing federal law on machine guns or as an accessory allowing a semi-auto rifle to fire “like a fully automatic weapon.” The ATF is currently bureaucratizing the issue and will not make a decision until their investigation, including a comments period, has concluded. The NRA took this route to bypass Democrats’ call for legislation instead of regulation.

Cooper then went on to say that President Trump, who has made several remarks about the need for more mental health research programs before and following the Florida shooting, removed “75,000 people with mental problems” from former President Obama’s list of people who would not be able to buy a gun. “That’s exactly right,” replied Bash. In fact, the 75,000 people were NOT adjudicated as mental patients but added by the Obama Administration on the pseudo notion that, if Social Security beneficiaries might have trouble regarding such financial matters as balancing their checkbooks without assistance they could be declared mentally deficient. Thus, Bash’s comment to Cooper is exactly wrong but leaving the impression that the issue relates only to gun purchases. Even the ACLU agreed with the removal of the 75,000 names.

More to the point, media lemmings are prone to repetition from hearsay and unverified information sources by repeating the same “news” received by their competitors or as part of news package “bundling” from media aggregators without further vetting of sources. It’s a quick and easy way to keep from investing their own time and finances. That’s the operation platform employed by Everytown For Gun Sense In America, the perpetrator of funding for Everytown for Gun Safety in America.

Everytown isn’t the only practitioner of deception. The gun control community consistently uses the tool of collusion with their media allies to create false impressions. One of the easiest methods is to have as an organization’s spokesperson someone with a quasi respectful title, an attorney or the principal executive of a group, who can be relied upon to guide the false narrative of gun control as the cure-all to shootings.  Emphasis on so-called mass shootings makes the opportunity even more palatable. Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said that in 68 percent of school shootings, the shooter gets the gun from a parent or close relative’s house. (That statistic comes from a federal study that examined 37 incidents of school violence between 1974 and 2000.) “The most effective way to reduce school shootings is not to put airport-level security screening at all school entrances; it is to keep guns out of the hands of children,” Gardiner said.

Florida district school superintendent Robert Runcie stepped up to the podium surrounded by a small crowd of mostly women to call for new measures to protect students. The group listened quietly until Runcie announced that “Now is the time for common-sense gun control laws.”  Only then did the small crowd erupt in pep-rally-type cheers and applause, insensitively leaving out of the equation what had occurred just hours earlier.

The heavy weight of gun control is made to appear as the cure-all for school murder. Benjamin Franklin once said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There are many ways and means to use prevention as the guarantee that this era of school shootings can be stopped if the gun controllers only had the guts to promote it rather than to continue their fruitless pursuit of eliminating guns from American culture. Only the truth will set us free from such tragedies as the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Everytown’s deception, in contrast, will not.

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