Recently I received an email (one I use to keep abreast on gun control groups) from Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Up until now, CSGV has been best known for being tossed into the trash heap by Big Daddy Bloomberg in favor of his new mouthpiece, Shannon Watts the Monsanto Mommy (read how she got that nickname here: http://www.1mmagc.org/growing-astroturf-the…/march-06th-2015 )
Actually I wasn’t quite truthful in my opening statement. The CSGV has been best known for advising its followers to abuse law enforcement telecommunications systems, call in false reports of active shooters, and get law abiding American citizens SWATed to death by officers responding to their lies. Ladd Everitt is perhaps best known for stalking 10 year old competitive shooter Shyanne Roberts, creeping on her Twitter, downloading her photos and demanding he be given alone time with her. For the purpose of this article however, let us run with them being treated like a turd in the catbox by Bloomberg.
This is the email:
I have some terrific news to share. As of next month, Washington, DC Fox affiliate WTTG will no longer be employing pro-gun "chief investigative reporter" Emily Miller.
April 28 will mark the expiration of Miller's two-year contract with WTTG, and that will be her last day with the station. This is the result the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence sought when we launched a petition campaign calling on WTTG to end their relationship with Miller. More than 6,800 supporters like you signed our petition, which we delivered directly to WTTG's HQ in Friendship Heights, DC last year.
It's impossible to know exactly why WTTG and Miller have parted ways, but as Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple observed, each side issued "curt statements" about the departure that hint at strong tensions between the two parties.
Those tensions are almost certainly related in part to our campaign, which elevated Miller's biased reporting in the media and public eye and put pressure on WTTG to answer for her words and deeds. We made it clear that—far from an objective journalist—Emily Miller is an ardent pro-gun activist who has written books and spoken at rallies in support of dangerous gun policies.
And now she's leaving WTTG.
Will you make a contribution to CSGV today so that we can continue to run these types of impactful campaigns?
Just months after our campaign was launched, WTTG issued a disclaimer along with one of Miller's on-air pro-gun segments for the first time, declaring, "She is a strong advocate of the Second Amendment."
Our persistent outreach to reporters throughout the campaign helped generate news stories about the controversy surrounding Miller and kept WTTG in the public eye. That is the type of negative publicity that no local network affiliate wants directed at them.
We want to continue to run campaigns like this and expand our impact, but we need your help. As a small organization with just ten staffers, we depend on grassroots supporters to fuel our efforts.
Please support CSGV with a contribution so we can change the national dialogue on gun violence and save lives.
Thank you for your continued support.
Director of Communications
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Where to begin…. oh where to begin. Let us start with the truckload of bovine scatology Wemple (who eerily mirrors Everitt’s obsessing over certain women with his continued hit pieces on Miller) wrote about “curt statements”. Now curt statements to every person with a higher brain function than boiled asparagus would mean “It was time for her to go and we’re glad to see her gone” or something along those lines. Want to guess what the General Manager and Fox VP curt statement consisted of?
"Unfortunately, Emily has decided to move on at the end of her 2-year contract. Emily brought original reporting, got real results from her investigations and demonstrated exemplary coverage of the Baltimore Riots. We wish her the best in the future."
Now onto Ms. Miller’s statement:
“Friends, I wanted to share some career news with you. I've decided to leave Fox 5 DC station at the end of my contract. Local TV news is unique because it let me directly help people who felt they had no one to fight for them. It showed me clearly why the fourth estate is so important in our country. Now I'm on to new adventures!”
Can you feel the hatred? I can almost feel curtness leaking through my computer monitor. I am about to be overwhelmed by the amount of curtness…. OK you got me. To quote Triumph the Insult Dog: "I kid, I kid!"
Let’s move onto the next load of guano- the one in which Ladd says “It’s impossible to know exactly why WTTG and Miller parted ways” then goes on to claim credit because he managed to scrape together 6,800 signatures (most from people who have no clue whatsoever about Ms. Miller). Ladd starts bragging on how his outreach generated news stories immediately following the prior bit of nonsense. I’d personally be surprised if Ladd Everitt’s reach extends to his beltline. He’s a washed up has-been desperately trying to stay relevant and fighting a losing battle. 6,800 people was the best he could do. The truly sad and pathetic part about that bit is he is inordinately proud of his accomplishment. I wonder what is next- him perhaps bragging that he only ate half a jar of paste instead of his usual full one? Personally I think that would be a good start for him too- he’s getting older and needs to watch the waistline (also I don’t think Richard Simmons includes paste in his Deal-A-Meal cards).
Then he goes on to say that he depends on grassroots supporters to continue their efforts, but of course neglects to mention the massive amount of funding they get from Michael Bloomberg, the NYC 1% billionaire who thinks nobody should have guns (other than his heavily armed bodyguards). It does make one wonder, when CSGV is getting hundreds of thousands of dollars from Bloomberg, why do they need to beg for scraps from their followers? Then again, Ladd is supposed to be the Director of Communications for them, and draws a salary, yet he apparently spends his free time stalking a pre-pubescent girl and demanding her father give him alone time with her. Maybe they need to pay someone who would actually spend time on CSGV business instead of drooling all over a pre-teen girls Twitter photos.
I digress, so let me get back on topic here:
Ms. Miller’s contract with a local news station ran out. Contracts run out all the time. Ms. Miller has written a book, made serious bank, and was working at a local news affiliate. She decided her talents would be best suited elsewhere. She left the station to work on bigger and better things. That is not unusual considering she has previously been a House GOP and Bush administration spokeswoman, as well as the spokesperson for former House Majority Leader Tom Delay and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Definitely sounds like someone who doesn’t have a job because Ladd Everitt, who 99.99% of America wouldn’t know if he walked over them, managed to scrape together 6,800 signatures from his ravening pack of lunatics who follow him and his “organization”.
If you believe that, I have a great deal for you on beachfront property in Kazakhstan.
- Mr. Decker
We at 1MMAGC are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic accident involving Jamie Gilt and her young child.
Just as the rest of you, we only know the specifics which have been shared in the media coverage of this incident. It has been reported that Gilt, who is a pro gun advocate, as seen on social media sites as Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense, was accidentally shot and wounded by a negligent discharge when her four year old son found and fired a handgun from the backseat of the truck she was driving.
It is with heavy hearts that we must use this tragedy as a reminder that firearms are tools which must be respected at all times. There is no excuse for leaving a firearm loaded and accessible to someone who is not properly trained to use it.
No matter which side of the fence you come down on in the ongoing debate over our second amendment protected right to bear arms, we all have a responsibility to keep ourselves and those around us safe. When we choose to exercise our rights we are taking responsibility for not only the firearm and every single round within it, but also each life that could be effected by a single moment of distraction.
Our hearts and prayers are with Jamie and her loved ones as she recovers. But, even more so, our hearts and prayers are with her young son who will undoubtedly carry that moment with him for the rest of his life. A moment that could have, and should have, been prevented by the due diligence that all gun owners are responsible for.
As mothers ourselves, we can only imagine the aftermath of this and the affect it will have on this family for the rest of their lives.
That is a burden which is avoidable, and that makes it all the harder to bear.
Please, we implore you, ensure that your firearms are inaccessible to those who are not trained to use them. There are countless gun safes, trigger guard locks, and holsters on the market. Utilize them. Oftentimes, your local police and sheriff departments will even give you trigger guard locks for free if you only ask.
There is no excuse for being irresponsible with a firearm.
In lethal force encounters, those who are involved are often witness to an aspect of human physiology that seems kind of odd, especially when one’s exposure to the effects of a knife or gunshot wound come from TV or movies. That aspect is the length of time from a penetrating wound being delivered to a major organ (outside of the brain) and the aggressor stopping hostile action, and there is a saying associated with it. The first time I heard it myself was in a low rent district of Sadr City in 2004 uttered by a stereotypical Sergeant Major who had just put a 3 round burst from his M4 into an insurgent’s center of mass that was still in the fight. That saying was
“He’s dead, he just don’t know it yet”
Recent history has shown that gun control is dead, they just don’t know it yet. Despite Michael Bloomberg buying politicians left and right and dumping millions upon millions of dollars to push his NYC billionaire 1% agenda, gun control is dead. Despite Bloomberg hiring Shannon Watts, the former head of Monsanto’s global Public Relations division, to head his astroturf “Moms Demand Action” group, gun control is dead. Despite (or perhaps because of) Ladd Everitt and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence urging its followers to abuse the 911 system and ensure people exercising rights they do not like get SWATed to death, gun control is dead. They just don't know it yet.
Have you seen the pitiful turnouts at gun control events? They need trick photography using skewed perspectives in order to seem even marginally relevant. Meanwhile a local protest against the NY (un)SAFE Act drew crowds so large, photographers needed to get onto the roofs of the surrounding 8 story buildings to capture less than half of the crowd on film. GunSenseVT, a Vermont based organization, even flat out stole a gun rights rally photo and attempted to claim it was a picture of their turnout (without editing out the Gadsen flags and pro 2A placards).
Have you noticed the claims and “facts” (quotation marks don’t even begin to cover the outright nonsense they spew but this IS a family friendly publication) of the gun control crowd are getting more and more strident lately? Over the past two years, as Moms Demand and Bloomberg have been handed setback over setback, as individual freedoms and liberties have encroached the most stalwart gun control states and cities, they have tossed aside any pretention of civility. Now they screech to the heavens to their dwindling number of supporters like banshees on a month long meth binge out of sheer desperation. Actually at this point I believe actual banshees are covering their ears and calling the police to report the racket next door.
This is because they know they are losing the battle. More and more Americans, from the US Air Force who issued a FRAGO allowing USAF personnel to carry personally owned firearms on base, to the LAPD who recently said citizens should arm themselves as the police cannot be there in time to prevent attacks, are waking up and realizing that personal safety and defense is PERSONAL. It is an individual choice, it is in an individual freedom, it is an individual liberty, and it is an individual responsibility to protect yourself and your family with the best tool mankind has invented for ending a violent encounter.
Even the Governor of Virginia realized this when the State Legislature began proceedings to remove his heavily armed bodyguards. Just like Michael Bloomberg and Shannon Watts, he was fond of saying “Good guys with guns don’t stop bad guys with guns”… from behind a phalanx of guys with guns. Unlike Mr. Bloomberg and Ms. Watts, Governor McAuliffe has a modicum of common sense and the ability to feel shame, realized he was being a hypocrite and backed off his decision to end reciprocity because he felt he needed his “good guys with guns”.
Gun control is dead, it just doesn’t know it yet.
This does not mean we can rest on our laurels and forget that people like Bloomberg, Watts and Everitt are spreading their deadly message via social media. It does not mean we can ignore the Monsanto Mommy lying to her followers. It does not mean we can forget that Michael Bloomberg is out there right now buying politicians left and right. It doesn’t mean that we can ignore Ladd Everitts calls for his followers to commit ever increasing acts of violence against us.
Quite the contrary, now is the time for the final push. Now is the time we should all be standing up and making more noise than ever before. Now is the time to ensure that they are relegated to the trash heap of history. Now is the time to reach out to people who are on the fence, who have never fired a gun, and bring them to the range and introduce them to the shooting sports. Now is the time to organize youth rifle leagues and bring back civilian marksmanship programs…
Because gun control is dead, but it doesn’t know it yet.
- Mr. Decker
First and foremost a telephone survey about gun ownership would never be even close to accurate, there are too many gun owners that would answer NO to any question regarding gun ownership. I personally answered NO to such a question simply because it's nobody's business what I own or don't own, and a vast majority of gun owners feel the same way. Additionally, distrust towards our own government has been growing for decades. Wanting privacy is a common thing among gun enthusiasts. Manufacturers have even created a thriving industry because of this desire for privacy, by offering 80% frames and lower receivers for people to build their own firearms without any chance of them being known about. With the current political climate and a person’s desire for privacy a poll would never be even close to accurate, not even a little.
Second, anyone with even basic math skills can see by the sheer number of background checks that are performed each month couldn't be strictly due to existing gun owners just buying more guns, some may be, but not all! Having worked behind a gun counter lately, I can tell you that at the very least one out of every three buyers were first time buyers, and I still continue to see this trend today. If you don't believe this just ask any gun owner or anyone who works at a shooting range how many new shooters they see on average, since their answers would be more accurate than any poll. Better yet just ask anyone who works behind a gun counter how many new buyers they help every day.
Another obvious sign that there are a lot more new gun owners is how busy the local firearms instructors are, and lately they have been completely booked, sometimes for months in advance. Because of all the new shooters, a lot of instructors now have developed classes that are strictly for new owners. Woman’s only classes are also becoming more popular to cater to the fastest growing segment of new owners, women. Granted, firearms enthusiasts that have had guns for years attend these courses as well, but first time owners, especially women, have a tendency to seek training if they are unfamiliar with the safe handling and operation of a firearm.
Last but not least, especially for us gun owners, and one of the most prominent signs of the market being flooded with new owners is ammunition shortages. Obviously new shooters will consume more ammunition for about the first six months than the majority of long time owners will. While there are a lot of people that stock up on ammunition, and a few hoarders, neither of these would explain the shortages that we have experienced. New shooters also usually start with smaller caliber firearms and work their way up, while the rest of us who shoot a lot invest in reloading equipment and make our own to save money and be able to shoot more.
So gun owners wanting privacy, the sheer number of background checks per year, training courses and shooting ranges being packed, ammunition shortages, and just what us gun owners see every day is our ironclad proof that gun ownership is skyrocketing. I sure hope that those polls didn’t cost them very much!
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