Bloomberg’s Everytown Patronizing Young Women by Stigmatize Men & Guns

Bloomberg’s Everytown Patronizing Young Women by Stigmatize Men & Guns : gunsplainers
Bloomberg’s Everytown Patronizing Young Women by Stigmatize Men & Guns : gunsplainers
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Washington, DC – -(Ammoland.com)- Few things are as painfully uncool as a 73-year-old billionaire’s desperate attempts to be relevant.

This fact is brought into stark realization by Michael Bloomberg front-group Everytown for Gun Safety’s ham-handed new campaign aimed at stigmatizing guns and gun-owning men among young women.

Dubbed “Singled Out,” the campaign website curiously seeks to drive young women to the gun control cause by way of disparaging men who own firearms.  To Everytown, gun-owning men are predominantly “gunsplainers,” a derivation of the term mansplainer, which is a man who attempts to explain something to a woman in a patronizing way. Therefore, a “gunsplainer” is “a man who repeatedly and condescendingly explains to a woman why she’d be safer with a gun.”

Gunsplainers

The Everytown website misrepresents various aspects of the gun issue in a dumbed-down “Myths vs Facts” section designed to arm young women with the “facts” necessary to combat a “gunsplainer.” The whole enterprise gives the impression that Everytown intends the new term to encompass anyone brazen enough to challenge the wisdom of their policy positions.

At the risk of being labelled “gunsplainers,” we’d like to confront a few of the numerous misrepresentations in the “Myths vs Facts” portion of the site.

Everytown:

MYTH: He Says: “Why bother strengthening our gun laws, criminals will find ways to get guns anyway!”

FACT: You Can Say: “That’s like saying why outlaw bank robbery? Bank robbers are always going to steal.”

Individuals that have been convicted of felonies, misdemeanors punishable by more than two years, and those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are already federally barred from possessing firearms. While gun control supporters advocate background checks as a way to stop criminals from obtaining guns, surveys of prison inmates show that they acquire firearms by avenues that will not be influenced by background check restrictions.

A Bureau of Justice Statistics survey of state prison inmates asked these individuals where they obtained the firearms they possessed at the time of their offense. 37.4 percent responded that they sourced the firearm from family or a friend, while 40 percent cited “street/illegal source.”

Everytown:

MYTH: He Says: “Hey, more people are killed every year by hammers than by rifles.”

FACT: You Can Say: “I think it’s time for a math lesson.”

Gun rights supporters do frequently, and accurately, note that more people are murdered each year using blunt objects than rifles, but in a very specific context. Having failed to pass severe federal restrictions on the private ownership of handguns in the 1970s and 1980s, gun control supporters shifted their focus to outlawing commonly owned semi-automatic rifles, derisively calling them “assault weapons.” This made little sense, as the rifles targeted by these efforts, or for that matter rifles of any description, were rarely used in crime. However, gun control supporters believed they could capitalize off of the public’s unfamiliarity and confusion regarding these types of firearms to advance their disarmament agenda. This accurate pro-gun talking-point specifically targets the efficacy of bans on semi-automatic rifles; to knowingly characterize it as something else is disingenuous.

Everytown:

MYTH: He Says: “Background checks are just the first step in creating a national registry. Then they’re going to come take all our guns.”

FACT: You Can Say: “Paranoid, much?”

Gun owners are not so much “paranoid,” as concerned with good reason. A January 4, 2013 Department of Justice National Institute of Justice memo titled, “Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies,” noted that the effectiveness of “universal” background checks depended on “requiring gun registration.” On December 5, the New York Times issued a front page editorial calling for gun confiscation. In October, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton expressed support for an Australia-style turn-in/confiscation scheme. Further, as Bloomberg should be well aware, New York City used its firearms registry to purge properly registered semi-automatic firearms from the city.  How could it possibly be paranoid to note that gun control advocates repeatedly turn to registration as an answer?

And let’s be clear.  Obama and Clinton aren’t fans of Australia and Great Britain gun control regimes because they instituted “universal” background checks.  They instituted gun registration and confiscation.  That’s not paranoid.  That’s reality.

As has become customary with Everytown’s various efforts, this “gunsplainer” campaign is accompanied by a ludicrous video. In it, Everytown constructs a pro-gun strawman in the image of a boorish, gun-carrying misogynist. This buffoonish caricature proceeds to inartfully approach a woman sitting alone at a bar and cartoonishly express his love of firearms. The single woman, armed with Everytown talking points, skillfully deflects the man’s crude advances before leaving the bar entirely. The video is obviously intended to portray gun-owning men in a less than ideal light.

The tactic of overtly caricaturing and insulting gun owners is a bizarre one. Even Barack Obama has admitted that he needs the support of at least some gun owners in order to carry forth his ambitious anti-gun agenda. In the run-up to the 2013 vote on federal private transfer restrictions, Bloomberg sought to connect with gun owners using a hokey ad featuring a flannel-clad actor holding a shotgun while sitting on the back of a pickup truck. Bloomberg now seems to think a campaign of outright contempt will further his cause.

Unfortunately, one of the leading women’s publications, Cosmopolitan, has dutifully parroted Bloomberg’s talking points for a wider audience. This anti-gun slant is nothing new for Cosmopolitan and has been a theme for a handful of women’s magazines over the years. Cosmo’s anti-gun bent seemingly pervades every aspect of the magazine, with Editor Joanna Coles hawking Everytown branded bracelets as a must have fashion accessory. However, we trust its readers will accurately judge the prudence of receiving information on firearms policy from a publication with a website that includes hard-hitting “MUST READS” with titles such as, “ALERT: Lauren Conrad’s Hair Isn’t Red Anymore,” “The 18 Emotional Stages of Buying Beyoncé Tickets,” and “Unicorn Horns Are the Next Crazy Braid Trend and They’re Strangely Magical.”

Moreover, Cosmopolitan is owned by the Hearst Corporation whose numerous publications have continuously advocated gun control. Over the decades, Hearst periodicals from Marie Claire and Esquire, to its various newspapers, have all been enlisted for the anti-gun cause. In 1997, publishers even managed to shoehorn an article about handgun trafficking into Good Housekeeping. Giving an indication of the company’s long-held position, in 1987 the Hearst Corporation produced a report titled “The American Public’s Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.” The report stated, “Half (50%) of the American population wrongly believe the Constitution gives every citizen the right to own a handgun.”  Well, half did have it wrong, but not in the direction Hearst believed.

This headfirst leap into divisive gender-identity politics betrays the desperation of Everytown and the gun control movement. Research and anecdotal evidence indicate that women are becoming increasingly interested in firearm ownership. A survey conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that “74 percent of retailers reported an increase in women customers in their stores in 2013 over 2012.” On the anecdotal side, take for instance a January 21 Las Vegas Review Journal article on this year’s Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). Titled, “Women’s influence shows everywhere at SHOT Show,” the article explains not only how women are becoming a more influential part of the shooting community, but also how women are making inroads in the firearms industry.

With its insulting oversimplification of complex policy issues, a candy-coated color scheme, and doltish attempts at youthful jargon, one might reasonably conclude that Everytown’s new campaign is a condescending attempt to influence its intended audience.

After all, even if the wealthy 73-year-old male paternalist hides his opinions behind an elaborate team of public relations professionals, isn’t it still mansplaining?

About:
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

  • 18 thoughts on “Bloomberg’s Everytown Patronizing Young Women by Stigmatize Men & Guns

    1. Bloomberg’s groups don’t seem to understand that these Alinsky-ite tactics of ridiculing and mocking us gun owners only annoy and strengthen us. Keep it up, I guess?

    2. No hace falta leer mucho para saber que el Señor Bloomberg,lamentablemente emplea los peores métodos para
      estigmatizar a otros hombres y elegir a las mujeres aliadas en casi todos los deportes,para echarse en contra de
      las armas y la tenencia de las mismas.Tal vez sus 73 años,no alcanzaron para demostrarle,que es el hombre quien
      maneja las armas,los vehículos,los cuchillos,y otros tantos elementos con los cuales dar muerte a las personas.No
      se ha dado cuenta,que es al INDIVIDUO a quien hay que poner donde debe estar,en lugar de castigar injustamente
      a todos,solo porque él quiere salirse con la suya y decir yo he ganado a todos en esta pulseada.

    3. Traitor…. traitors should not be allowed to be….. only then will they stop
      He fights for the nwo which is the death of us

      So he has no right to be……

    4. Bloomberg like so many others who live in a concrete jungle all their lives have no understanding how we who live in God’s Country away from the EAST and WEST Coasts use firearms to feed our families and spend tie together shooting targets and educating our youth on the proper use of a firearm from the ages of 4 and up. Our city Rec. Dept. has a shooting program for anyone 8 years old and older to participate in for several weeks during the school year and NO ONE has used a firearm in any illegal way. Unlike Liberal Cities with Democrats in charge. My grandsons have been shooting since 4 years old and they know the in and outs of any firearm on the market today. It’s called parenting, not letting some liberal nut case teacher explain their foul mouth feelings to dis-arm Americans.

    5. Bloomberg like so many others who live in a concrete jungle all their lives have no understanding how we who live in God’s Country away from the EAST and WEST Coasts use firearms to feed our families and spend time together shooting targets and educating our youth on the proper use of a firearm from the ages of 4 and up. Our city Rec. Dept. has a shooting program for anyone 8 years old and older to participate in for several weeks during the school year and NO ONE has used a firearm in any illegal way. Unlike Liberal Cities with Democrats in charge. My grandsons have been shooting since 4 years old and they know the in and outs of any firearm on the market today. It’s called parenting, not letting some liberal nut case teacher explain their foul mouth feelings to dis-arm Americans.

    6. The NRA is preaching to the choir, we all know this. The NRA needs to tell the people who don’t know this, let’s right fire with fire! Pro gun ads VS Bloomberg’s anti gun BS!

    7. “If you packaged it properly, promoted it and advertised it correctly, you could sell the average American a box of Manure.”
      Dare to not be an average American. Get the facts!

    8. What a “surprise”. There is a PATTERN of STEREOTYPING White Males. Where ELSE have we recently seen this picking away at the foundation of Western Christian Democratic Family life?

      http://acculturated.com/steinem-albright/
      Ms. Albright said, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” at a Clinton rally
      poor Gloria Steinem, 81, in her plea on behalf of Ms. Clinton, indicated that she thinks the world is still stuck in her Playboy Bunny days. She said on Real Time with Bill Maher that women who support Bernie Sanders over Clinton are doing it to meet boys. “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie,” Steinem declared.

    9. Here is something I have been saying for years. Progressives have been pushing the language on things for years. When you call it GUN control, you are using their language. It is GUN PROHIBITION. When you use assault rifle, instead of sporting rifle, you let them win. When they use all death and call them unrelated deaths , you let the win. Don’t use their language. Challenge news people when they use this language. Don’t use it yourself.

      BTW, YOU can also use this in the baby murder business

    10. Ever notice how liberal left and Democrat criminals as well as elite NWO leeches create “new words” to manipulate idiot sheeple. You know terms like “racist” and “politically correct” as well as “conspiracy theorist” and “transgender”, “Microagression”, “Intolerant”, how many more are there?

      Then there is “amnesty” for criminals and “refugees” for Muslim thugs and oh how about “terrorists” for protesters who never raised a weapon as well as American veterans….

      Oh then there are “sanctuary cities” where criminal illegals are welcome meanwhile Socialist politicians force on us spending to appease these criminals with taxes paid by working people to criminal buy votes by illegals and now COWlifornia legalized illegals voting in FEDERAL ELECTIONS. VOTER FRAUD is still FRAUD no matter whether it was “legalized” in one state or not.

      Free Trade is another crime that the Wealth Elite have forced on us that removes jobs from Americans and sends them to foreign sweat shops where health and safety are apparently no concern.

      Oh how about “scripted news” where media outlets across the country repeat by wrote the same stories without any critical thinking whatsoever?

      And why is it when you use truth backed up by facts to show a liberal reality they immediately attack without ever considering reality?

      Finally the term “Gun Control” which has nothing to do with actually “controlling guns” and all to do with confiscation and the taking away of natural born rights?

      The US Constitution does not “Give” us rights, it protects us from criminal dictatorships and bureaucracy that would take those birth rights away. Once again the world Wealth Elite PARASITES creating parameters in which we live that solely benefit them.

      And finally why don’t I ever get notification of replies to these questions?

    11. its sad to me that bloomberg has spent so much of his money trying to subvert the right to own firearms when that money could have been spent for firearms education, had he done that this would be a saner and safer country.
      as for his pathetic use of a devisive word such as mansplaining, which is fundamentally racist because of the “splain” part and demeaning to a large segment of men, we have our own words for women of equal charecter and its not one that is commonly used in polite society. you indeed have no class mr bloomberg and less common sense.

    12. Moms Demand Action. Single, married and divorced moms who have a habit of attracting losers, wimps, and dead beats in their lives. Now they want others to be losers like them. The term is MISANDRY.

    13. To Eric…….

      I’m still trying to figure out how (legally) I can drive to Alaska with my EDC, and more importantly my big bore carry for wild life excursions while visiting.

      There’s lots of ‘Oh Canada’ that I need to traverse!

    14. facebook is blocking any attempt I’ve made to post this articke, (including cut and paste of the url, the share button or my phone’s browser share option) they have informed me that it is “abusive”.

    15. Amen. So many people, even those who claim and even legitimately believe they are defenders of freedom will use the Orwellian doublespeak propagated by the establishment media without a second thought. Many also believe that the Constitution, as good a document as it is, is the source of our Rights and that all legitimacy is derived only from its form or existence, whereas we are all born with the right to possess and use the means of self preservation of life, liberty, property and self determination. As to whether our governments recognize our rights is up to us to enforce. We are their masters, not the other way around. This idea was so important that some states would not join the Republic unless there was a specific record of our natural Right to be armed without even the slightest infringement. Anyway, I hope we will prevail in our endeavor of Liberty against oppression, but one way or The other, we must be eternally vigilant against those who would subvert our Constitutional Republic, its founding documents and our natural Rights, foreign or domestic.

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