Guest blogger: Michele Mattei
In wake of the horrific event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, many groups have formed, across the nation, to protest or proclaim the use of guns. One group in particular has hit the ground running, but may have gotten a bit ahead of themselves.
Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America, originally called One Million Moms Against Guns, has managed to seize the media spotlight. However, that same media attention leaves you susceptible to a great deal of public scrutiny, something that Moms Demand Action hasn’t been handling very well.
A recent article “Anti-gun ‘Demanding Moms’ group fails to provide grassroots transparency” , published by Examiner.com, discusses MDA’s failure to provide grassroots transparency. This poses the question; “Are Moms Demand Action’s “grassroots” mistakenly pocket lint from Mayor Bloomburg’s funding?”
Here is what we know to be true;
MDA founder, Shannon Watts, has had an extensive career in public relations and marketing, despite her claims of being a stay-at-home mom. She quotes “… Stay-at-home mom since 2008. Former founder and president of start-up public relations agency. Also led communications for the country’s largest health insurance, medical device and agricultural companies. Expertise in media relations, public affairs, marketing, crisis management, and investor relations.”.
Co-Chair, Marie Delus, holds a high level administrative position in the office of NYC Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. She also has a background in recruiting and public relations.
Ironically, these anti-gun fanatics are perfect candidates for their positions.
The controversial “Starbucks Appreciation Day” gave incitement for MDA to manipulate the truth and news media in order to smear pro-gun groups. Somehow a simple case of citizens meeting for coffee at Starbucks, to show their appreciation with a $2 tip, was misconstrued and portrayed as “rallying” by the news media.
In rebuttal to the event, MDA sunk to new levels of “low” when they swindled a photo from a closed Facebook group, affixed their logo and used it as their own personal “smear campaign”. Very shortly after a message was sent to the owners of this picture, notifying them, the hyperlink went down and the picture was gone from MDA’s Facebook page.
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was said to have orchestrated the local “Starbucks Appreciation” event, in Newtown, despite a well-publicized press release from CCDL president, Scott Wilson. The press release clarified that CCDL had no such involvement with this event and also included follow-up interviews that further disavowed their involvement. Who was this corrupt informant?
The end results of this being an ongoing attack on Starbucks and petitions to change their company policy, influenced and orchestrated by Moms Demand Action.
The FBI crime statistics show the total number of murders involving firearms in the U.S. for 2011 is 8,583. The NHTSA statistics show the total number of deaths involving motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. for 2011 at 32,367. Statistics from The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) seminal study of preventable medical errors shows the number of deaths involving medical malpractice are estimated to be as high as 98,000 per year.
That being said, a person is more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident or by the hands of a M.D., than being killed by a firearm.
Take a look at the FBI uniform crime reports, Table 1. National data for violent crimes in 1992, shows a violent crime rate of 757.7 per 100,000 and a murder rate of 9.3 per 100,000. If you compare that with the year 2011, having a violent crime rate of 386.3 per 100,000 and a murder rate of 4.7 per 100,000, you can see there is a 50% reduction in violent crime and murder. This is all happening while the rate of gun ownership increases dramatically.
Even President Obama’s executive order for a CDC Investigation on gun violence backfired and proved again that gun ownership saves lives.
Based on these facts, the “common sense” gun-control these Moms are demanding have been in place prior to the events of Newtown. It’s an abuse of power by the MDA to prey on people’s emotions about guns and manipulate the uninformed, uneducated and impressionable.
Anyone who dares to question their integrity or requests proof to back their radical claims is blocked, deleted and banned from social media interactions on Facebook and Twitter. Many have reported that while engaging in civil discussions with MDA members their accounts were suspended and further comments were blocked due to false claims of violating community standards.
In conclusion, it is everyone’s personal responsibility to research the facts before forming a steadfast opinion. Remember, the only person responsible for your safety is yourself. Advocate teaching “gun safety” not “gun control”.
Yankee Gunner Note:
Yankee Gunner blogger E. Jonathan Hardy and another CCDL Board Member Chris Duffy BOTH told WVIT, NBC-30 that this WAS NOT a CCDL event, which they chose to ignore even with the press release offered by CCDL President Scott Wilson.