An organization calling itself Moms Demand Action is one of the latest nonsensical formations conceived from the highly emotive national debate over gun control. A study of some of the group’s recent efforts to influence public perception reveals a strategy that packs a one-two punch that’s equal parts “do it for the kids” and utter fallacy.
Personal Liberty Digest™ tried unsuccessfully to reach Shannon Watts, the organization’s founder; so in fairness, we will assume that the woman is a well-meaning mother who is genuinely concerned about the welfare of her children (as almost any parent is at almost any moment in time).
Because we didn’t have a chance to pick her brain in an interview in time for this article, consider the following statement pure speculation from the perspective of a conservative gun nut: Watts must be one of the most hopelessly misguided and reactionary human beings on the face of the Earth. One also might venture to cogitate about the likelihood of her being a true, true believer in hope and change and the liberal idea of American utopia in which all people frolic in fields of flowers with no threat of danger.
Of course, maybe she’s just a bored soccer mom taking up the hobby of being a busybody — a hobby she justifies by hinting that it is borne out of her care for her own children and the danger that a 2nd Amendment-enabling society poses to their well-being.
Here’s how Moms Demand Action describes the situation:
Horrified and heartbroken by the events in Sandy Hook, mothers of the United States are coming together to fight for tougher gun control measures. The group’s founder is Indiana mother of five Shannon Watts. Now thousands of moms have joined her. We’re growing by the day with more members and dozens of state and local chapters.
Together, we hope to prevent more moms from experiencing the pain and heartache of those moms in towns whose names are etched forever in our memories: Littleton, Paducah, Blacksburg, Aurora, Tucson, and now Newtown.
We understand the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms—just not ALL arms. Let’s make our country a better, less violent place for them.
Preventing mothers around the Nation the heartache of losing a child is a noble enough cause. The only problem is that Watts’ organization’s true agenda is an absolute assault against any American who wishes to exercise Constitutionally guaranteed rights without being fettered by the fears of panicky meddlers.
The group’s agenda is as follows:
1) Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
2) Require background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases.
3) Report the sale of large quantities of ammunition to the ATF, and ban online sales of ammunition.
4) Make gun trafficking a federal crime with serious criminal penalties.
5) Counter gun industry lobbyists’ efforts to weaken gun laws at the state level.
The President of the United States and Congressional Democrats have made it clear: After Newtown, anything goes in the fight to disarm — or at least complicate gun ownership to the extreme — for American citizens. Outright lies are fair. Gesticulating wildly about the dangers of guns while figuratively standing atop the graves of children murdered by a mentally insane psychopath is acceptable. And making false associations between guns and unrelated objects is encouraged.
Moms Demand Action has opted for that last approach, with its latest ridiculous anti-gun advertisement campaign. In the ads, two children sit side by side, one holding a gun and the other holding either a book, a dodgeball or what appears to be candy.
“One child is holding something that’s been banned in America to protect them,” the ads read. “Guess which one.”
See for yourself:
“We keep ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ out of schools because of the bottle of wine in her basket. Why not assault weapons?”
“We ban the game dodgeball because it’s viewed as being violent. Why not assault weapons?”
“We won’t sell Kinder chocolate eggs in the interest of child safety. Why not assault weapons?”
Aside from the fact that oversensitive parenting, the everyone’s-a-winner mentality and bans on things like dodgeball and certain books are likely largely to blame for the increasingly pusillanimous demeanor of America’s younger generations (perhaps even partly to blame for the creation of monsters that shoot up schools), these ads are so ridiculous that one would be forced to assume they couldn’t possibly be taken seriously. Do you recall ever hearing of children having the ability to check guns out of the library, shooting at one another with semi-automatic rifles in gym class or being given access to weapons as readily as they are candy?
“It’s this idea of juxtaposing the absurdity of what America is so worried about harming our children, yet we do not have an assault weapons ban. We have such lax gun laws in this country and yet we pretend to be so concerned about our children,” Watts told ABC News.
Watts and her ilk have already earned some fans, and she recently attended a news conference with Vice President “Shotgun” Joe Biden.
Conservatives are going to have to double down if there is any hope of protecting our own children from the in-your-face liberalism encouraged in the fallacy-ridden propaganda of morons like Watts.