One of the more unpleasant tasks of gun rights advocacy is keeping up with what the other side is saying. It’s a necessary evil because knowing what they are planning is key to mounting an effective defense. That said, immersing in the stupidity and lies is not easy on the soul, and it doesn’t wash off.
Keeping apprised can be accomplished in many ways, from visiting anti-gun group websites, to following such groups on social media, to signing up for their email alerts, and by reading what citizen disarmament promoters are writing on “progressive” sites like The Huffington Post, Media Matters, Think Progress and the like, as well as in mainstream press editorials and purportedly “straight news” stories.
Another source is books, and an old one recently came to my attention that I’d missed, one that shows the profound ignorance and arrogance of those who would impose their silly and unschooled demands on the rest of us under force of law. That book is “Looking for a Few Good Moms: How One Mother Rallied a Million Others Against the Gun Lobby,” by Donna Dees-Thomases, with a foreword by Dianne Feinstein.
Dees-Thomases was founder of the Million Mom March, now merged with the Brady Campaign. She actually provided the template for the Mayors Against Illegal Guns-affiliated Moms Demand Action by purporting to be just a grassroots housewife who’d finally had enough, but who was then revealed to be a politically-connected CBS publicist, a Democrat donor, a former press flack for two prominent Democrats, and the sister-in-law of one of Hillary Clinton’s confidantes. Likewise, Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts is hardly your typical homemaker.
And as with Watts, known to make such brain-dead claims as “An assault weapon enables humans to shoot 10 rounds in one minute,” and “We understand about the Second Amendment, but it was written in 1791, before AK47s [Perhaps she’s been talking to Piers Morgan?],” Dees-Thomases set the bar for leadership ignorance, particularly as it relates to founding intent.
“We the mothers know that life is the first pursuit promised by our Constitution,” the Original Mission Statement to the Million Mom March (Chapter 1, “Fertility,” pages 21-22) declared.
“My mother-in-law, a former teacher, had to point out that the Constitution doesn’t guarantee life,” Thomases had to admit. “That would be the Declaration of Independence. Oops.”
“Oops”? She was presuming to mobilize a nationwide effort to undermine one of the fundamental limits on government enshrined in the Bill of Rights, she was this uneducated, and that’s how trivially she treats such grade school-level ignorance?
“We believe that it is only common sense for individuals who want to exercise their Second Amendment rights to submit to a sensible waiting period and background checks before they are permitted to purchase a gun from any person or place,” she declared senselessly.
“We had to change this after a supporter wrote to our Web site and very gently suggested that we read the Second Amendment,” she then added. Think of what Thomases was admitting. She and her group had not even read the Second Amendment yet they were attempting to eviscerate it under force of state arms.
“We did and oops again,” she continued. “The Second Amendment doesn’t actually guarantee individual rights. This would be corrected in the next edition.”
Presumably they corrected it once more after the Heller decision? Oops?
Again, consider the profound ignorance and irresponsibility of Thomases having not even read the Second Amendment, and then, after being chided into doing so, presuming to be an instant authority on founding era intent. Then consider this was someone with national reach and access to the highest levels of government and the press, whose opinions were widely amplified by “legitimate media” and exploited by opportunistic office holders.
This is political malpractice on all levels, and outrageously, it’s the norm, and represents the totality of what many Americans are exposed to of the so-called “gun debate.”
Good people have had their lives destroyed, some have been killed, over “violations” of any number of infringements they may have run afoul of — edicts that have been demanded by clueless useful idiots who are more suited for being interviewed in a Mark Dice video than participating in an informed and rational discussion on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
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