So Dennis Henigan, VP of the Brady Campaign has an interesting article up on the Huffington Post
The NRA is the most accomplished marketer of fear in American political life.
Really, Dennis? Tell me more!
There is, first, the fear of imminent violent attack. I’m not talking about a healthy concern for personal and family security. The NRA, and its gun industry patrons, need average Americans to believe that the threat of attack is constant and pervasive; that we are at serious risk all the time and everywhere we go.
Hmmm. May I counter with some blog quotes from one of your own organization?
According to the gun lobby talking heads, there is no problem with this idea. After all, those law abiding citizens who own guns never cause problems so why not let them carry in public? The problem is, they are wrong. Law abiding citizens all over the country have accidentally discharged their guns and shot and injured or killed either themselves or others. Check out the Ohh Shoot blog if you don’t believe me.
Of course Dennis’ own website reads much the same. We must ban X gun, or X feature because they cause imminent harm to all around them. Hmmmm, so is the NRA peddling fear, or are you? I’ll carry a gun just to be on the safe side.
Next on Dennis’ list:
Second, there is the fear of government. The flip-side of all the NRA’s talk of freedom is that the government is an ever-present threat to our freedom. The NRA has long maintained that the Second Amendment is not primarily about allowing individuals to pursue hunting or the shooting sports, or even for personal self-defense, but rather to allow the armed citizenry to resist abuses of power by government officials.
Wanna get smaller, how about the gun confiscations in California? Happened in a few other states as well! Go have a look at the Brady Center’s supported legislation on “Assault Clips”, their laws have no grandfathering clauses. If such laws pass your magazines might become contraband for you to sell or transfer. Who’s peddling fear?
Third, the NRA never stops promoting the fear that government prohibition of guns is looming behind every attempt to impose restrictions on firearms.
That’s unreasonable? Name a gun restriction that the Brady Campaign, or their kissing cousin the Joyce Foundation HAVEN’T supported. Name an oppressive government regime they have claimed is “Too Far”. Hell show me a Joyce or Brady shill who’s willing to discuss and support WHY such a law would do anything good. Hell I’ll settle for one just willing to explain why they use the metric of “Gun Death”!
You’ll note that Dennis has a myriad of comments under his post, but he’ll never say anything himself. His post is copied from the Brady Center blog, which has no comments. Joan Peterson, and every other blogger who supports gun control and uses the term “Gun Death” moderates comments. They simply don’t want to be questioned. Why not? Well because they don’t want us to ask them if they think Heller v DC, or McDonald v Chicago is bad law (they supported upholding the bans), or asking for explanation on why 10 rounds in a magazine is OK, but 11 is bad. (The same can be said about why .50 caliber guns are a big deal, or what makes an “Assault Weapon” noteworthy)
Seems he doesn’t actually support any reason to say there is nothing to fear, and I’d say there’s good evidence to say that they are exactly that dangerous, just toothless now that their lies are exposed. Doesn’t mean we don’t get to lie down.
Oh and I should link this post by Bob I nice little point counterpoint about the Brady Campaign and Joyce Foundation spreading fear about conceal carry….and the whole non-issue it really is.