Life-saving action to end gun violence cannot wait. Every day, more than 110 people in America are killed by guns and hundreds more are wounded. And one mass shooting after another has shattered families and shaken our nation, while weak gun laws continue to allow violent “criminals to exploit loopholes in our background check laws and flood our streets with guns.
[OCS: You will notice that they almost never break down the number with particularity: suicides, accidents, deaths in the commission of a crime or at the hand of law enforcement, and gun deaths in minority communities caused by drugs or a “macho” culture.
Of course, there is also the big lie. Guns do not kill people; they are killed by people using guns, including criminals, crazies, and terrorists.
There will always be “mass” shootings. However, the word “mass” is a rhetorical trick by the statisticians and the media to add drama to situations bound to occur in a nation of 320 million people with extraordinary freedom of action.
Likewise, the endless 24/7 repetition of the news and endless chatter from the talking heads amplifies the event beyond its expected low probability (except in the inner cities) occurrence.
We do not have weak gun laws; we have weak politicians and prosecutors who provide passes to minorities to jigger incarceration rates and to allow plea bargaining down gun charges to secure career-affirming conviction numbers. Funny, the minority community is awash in guns, yet minorities rarely are involved in school shootings; not so for white, middle-class children on or off their prescribed psychotropic medications to control their aberrant behavior.
And, notice how they almost always never mention an estimate of the number of innocent lives that might have been saved by the proper use of firearms.]
For decades, change has been thwarted by the NRA’s dangerous efforts to spread fear and disinformation to stop life-saving gun laws - and by the elected leaders who refused to take common-sense steps to save lives.
[OCS: No other organization has promoted gun safety and the prudent use of firearms like the NRA.
They are about teaching gun safety and protecting the Second Amendment -- and the gross punishment of law-abiding for the acts of a relatively few criminals, crazies, and terrorists.
Truth be told, the regime is more worried about armed regime change in response to dictatorial tyranny than criminal activities. There are but a few common-sense steps to save lives: fully prosecute gun-related crime, lock up the offenders, teach gun familiarization and safety, and allow those with training and desire to carry to do so without restriction.
Just how many criminals, crazies, and terrorists belong to the NRA. Full disclosure: I am a life member (Patron Level) of the NRA and want to keep my freedoms intact and be free from government molestation.]
But Everytown is changing all that. We’ve built a movement strong enough, smart enough, and determined enough to take on the NRA and win. With more than 8 million supporters, we’ve brought about massive change.
[OCS: In my opinion, Everytown is just another progressive communist democrat grift to advance the Democrat Party and feather the nests of its leadership. Notice they talk about taking on the NRA, not implementing crime control. I have yet to see any “massive change” that can be attributed to the organization.]
Last year, President Joe Biden took executive action to stop the proliferation of deadly and untraceable ghost guns, increase funding for community violence intervention programs, confront firearm trafficking, and more.
[OCS: There is no such thing as a “ghost gun” -- it's a media term. The facts: all guns are deadly including those legally produced, possessed, and those that remain unregistered guns -- and all of their owners and users are subject to the same existing criminal laws.
Violence intervention programs – you mean paying progressive communist democrat outreach groups to pay off gangbangers – when they are not “getting out the Democrat vote?”
Firearms trafficking? Do you know that the Obama Administration was trafficking in arms during the “Fast and Furious” scandal? Or the Obama Administration was caught red-handed trafficking military weapons to Islamic terrorists in Benghazi?
We are all concerned about illegal gun ownership, especially by criminals, crazies, and terrorists – but these individuals do not abide by any laws. They do not (cannot) purchase guns legally.
BTW: Joe Biden is a cognitively-impaired buffoon who will sign anything placed before him if he is promised an ice cream cone before his nap.]
And that’s not all. In 2021, we passed more than 30 gun safety laws in the states, from regulating ghost guns in New York and strengthening background checks in Illinois to demanding police reform in New Mexico and requiring secure firearm storage in Oregon.
[OCS: Who is “we?” I never heard of your organization until I received your fundraising letter.]
With determination and resolve, we defeated 90% of the gun lobby’s agenda for the sixth year in a row, with states rejecting dozens of extreme bills that would have allowed guns in schools, armed teachers, nullified federal gun safety laws, and more.
[OCS: Again, with the unproven “we.” Not allowing properly trained school safety officers and teachers only produces an effective child shooting gallery until the police arrive, assemble, coordinate, and count the dead bodies.]
But you know the NRA won’t give up easily, so we have to keep pressing forward- and you can play a critical role by sharing your thoughts on gun violence in America today. That’s why I am asking you to complete the enclosed short survey and send your answers back to us as soon as you can.
[OCS: They don’t give a damn what you think – send money!]
• How high a priority do you think our elected leaders should place on ending gun violence?
[OCS: Wrong question: How high a priority do you think our elected leaders should place on crime control, including releasing recidivist felons back into the community or failing to prosecute illegal alien criminals caught with weapons?]
• How has gun violence affected you and your community?
[OCS: Meaningless question design to evoke a media-driven emotional response.]
• What do you think are the best strategies for taking on the NRA and its “guns everywhere” agenda?
[OCS: Wrong question: What do you think are the best strategies for taking on the politicians and soft-on-crime prosecutors endangering the community?]
Your answers are critical to guiding our work as we fight for safer communities and common-sense solutions that will save lives. Along with your completed survey, I hope you will also enclose a generous contribution of $35, $50, or more to Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund to support our work.
The fight ahead won’t be easy. We must keep taking on the NRA until we finally break the grip it has held on our gun safety laws for far too long. That’s why I’m asking you to complete the enclosed short survey and send your answers back to us.
[OCS: It’s all about the grift! The NRA is just a convenient bogeyman. Truth be told, the progressive communist democrats and their radical policies are the real problems.]
For those who do not recognize the organization’s name or its Democrat provenance…
In February 2010, John Feinblatt, now the President of Everytown for Gun Safety, was appointed chief advisor for policy and strategic planning to then New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. As the mayor’s advisor, Feinblatt worked on criminal justice issues and as a liaison to the state court system, the city’s five elected District Attorneys, and the state criminal justice system. In 2011, Feinblatt and his longtime partner, Jonathan Mintz, were married by Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence. Mintz was previously the longest-serving Commissioner in the history of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.
After Bloomberg left office at the end of 2013, the former mayor began working more on his anti-gun violence campaign, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. In 2014, the group merged with a similar organization to form Everytown for Gun Safety. <Source>
From its 2019 IRS Form 990, we find the organization contributing money to groups such as National LGBTQ Task Force, Tides Center, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Caucus Institute; with the two most significant contributions going to their own lobbying group, Everytown For Gun Safety Educational and Action Fund Inc [501(C)(4)] -- $1,000,000 and supporting the March For Our Lives Foundation [501(C)(3)] – $3,803,650.
2019 Income: $33,870,690; Expenses: $32,373,455; Net Assets $ 31,315,579
How fast can a situation turn toxic?
More than 1,000 well-heeled virtue-signaling Hollywood progressive communist democrat elites joined millions of viewers to enjoy the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
What they saw was a wealthy top-tier actor physically assaulting a wealthy top-tier comic host over a rather innocuous joke about his actor wife with a violent slap to the face in the presence of armed security officers caught off-guard. Had this actor possessed a gun, who knows what might have happened? Yet, these are the very people who would disarm the entire United States to prevent a single gun death -- an unrealistic fantasy. Personally, I find it ironic that the actor is ok with people talking about his wife's many open marriage affairs on-air, but is somehow offended by a joke he initially laughs at before she gives him the stink-eye.
Of course, the Academy is refusing to hold the actor accountable for his violent assault and battery over the type of joke found at most awards shows. And, the actor issued the obligatory apology written by his crisis managers on his public relations team.
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally,” Smith wrote. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
The post continued, “I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us. I am a work in progress.”
Another example of our two-tier justice system.
Another one of those professional charities run by professional, politically-connected hacks. Perhaps this is the new growth industry – create your own job selling a line of bullshit.
At the very end of the donation form, they note, "Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization" and go on to say "Your contribution is not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution or as a business expense under IRC Section 162(e)." Adding, "Your contribution will not be earmarked for any purpose and will generally support our work to prevent gun violence and save lives."
Nobody dismisses the severity of crime in America, made worse by the progressive communist democrats and their pandering to minorities to build their coalition base.
For the umpteenth time, crime control, not gun control, is the appropriate response. Lock the miscreants away and protect society.
If this organization wants to do good, let them concentrate on resolving mental health issues. With the minor exception of idiots wanting to get high as a diversion from their lives, most addicts take drugs to relieve pain: psychic and physical, intending to feel “normal” or blunt the effects of trauma. These people deserve our understanding, respect, and assistance. For the young and hip crowd – eff them and their drug dealers.
Support your local NRA chapter – not the parent organization until they dump their corrupt leadership, but the good people in your local chapter and at the range.
Support the Second Amendment, which guarantees your other inalienable freedoms.
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“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS