By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “In ad FOR THE NRA, @DLoesch accuses left of ‘violence of lies’ & calls for fighting back with ‘clenched fist of truth.’ Just wow,” MSNBC anchor (self-described as “America’s second favorite cable news lesbian” Sally Kohn tweeted. “At least ad falls short of directly on gun owners to take up arms against left. But sure comes close.”
Really? National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch calling out “The Violence of Lies” in NRA’s “Freedom’s Safest Place” campaign seems more like a long overdue self defense response, but then again it’s no surprise that “progressives” routinely smear self defense as “vigilantism.” And Kohn is hardly alone, with the Bradys and the Bloombergians making it clear who they side with.
Joining the billionaire-funded Astroturfers is Black Lives Matter, which evidently blames NRA, Republicans and racism for violence committed in “progressive”-ruled communities and promises “the raised black fist of resistance” as a response.
That raised fist was the logo for the Industrial Workers of the World, an early 20th Century experiment in Chicago-style “community organizing” founded by “socialists, anarchists, Marxists (primarily members of the Socialist Party of America and Socialist Labor Party) [and] radical trade unionists,” the ideological forebears of Antifa and the like. With a rose addendum, it is the logo for the Democrat Socialists of America, the group with ties to Bernie Sanders-founded Congressional Progressive Caucus that tried to hide its “songs of solidarity” promising the “bourgeoisie”:
“And when the revolution comes
We'll kill you all with knives and guns”
But Dana Loesch is supposed to be a violence agitator? And isn’t it curious how Marxists always seem to reject true egalitarian power-sharing that can only be attained through an armed citizenry?
The feigned outrage doesn’t seem to extend to the fist representing One Pulse for America. That’s a new effort reportedly founded by George Takei of Star Trek and Jonah Falcon fame (you probably don’t want to look that last affiliation up). He evidently started the group as a way to respond to the murderous actions of a reportedly sexually-conflicted Islamist extremist who shot up a “gun-free” gay nightclub. So naturally his number one target is the NRA.
How Takei intends to become a force to be reckoned with is unclear, as the One Pulse website (registered through a proxy) is currently inactive. To help with the buzz, Takei has retained the services of the always over-the-top Ladd Everitt, late of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Efforts appear restricted to a closed Facebook group (that will brook no dissent and boot out “heretics”) and a Twitter page that so far has amassed fewer than 5,000 followers.
Where Takei’s Pulsators get their funding from is unclear as the organization does not yet appear on nonprofit-listing websites like Guidestar. They’re selling fist logo merchandise, so a funding structure will probably be revealed if they take in enough to require a nonprofit tax return, an uncertainty with no comments and only one share on their big t-shirt sale announcement.
It may seem counterintuitive at first, but the best course of action for gun owner rights advocates just might be to help spread the word. Right now, the most effective opposition group threatening the right to keep and bear arms is the one with the most money, Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown/Criminal Mayors/Demanding Moms syndicate. Ever since he came on the scene, he appears to have muscled the dinosaur Brady Campaign out of much of the significance they enjoyed when they were the number one player. The Bradys also appear to have taken a significant gravitas hit from Mark Kelly’s and Gabby Gifford’s insider connections.
Other national players that come to mind, notably Violence Policy Center and CSGV, are comparatively minor league and historically have proven incapable of inspiring much in the way of passion. It may actually serve gun owner interests to direct those incapable of feigning moderation to Takei’s group as a way to siphon off support from the real threats.
All that aside, if you found yourself in a similar situation a Tennessee homeowner found himself in recently, who would you rather have by your side? Dana Loesch or George Takei?
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.