Bloomberg & Everytown for Gun Safety Behind So Called “Student-Led” Anti-Gun March

by Chad D. Baus

Bloomberg & Everytown for Gun Safety Behind So Called "Student-Led" Anti-Gun March
Bloomberg & Everytown for Gun Safety Behind So Called “Student-Led” Anti-Gun March

Florida , USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Gun rights advocates have long-maintained that there is a vast difference between groups such as the National Rifle Association or Buckeye Firearms Association, made up of millions of individual paid members, and groups which espouse a gun control point of view and claim to represent a majority of the country, but which have very few, if any, actual paid members.

In 2005, I was priviledged to sit down with University of Toledo Professor and author Brian Anse Patrick to discuss this abstract, invisible “majority” anti-Second Amendment groups claim to represent.

Patrick, who I am sad to report passed away in December of 2016, had also recently met with the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence's (OCAGV) executive director, Toby Hoover, in her Toledo office while preparing for an upcoming book.

“When I asked about membership,” Patrick said, “Hoover answered the question by asking another question – ‘how does one define membership?' Well, apparently they do it by fiat – claiming to speak for an abstract public.

“Last Spring I read a news media piece in which Hoover criticized the Ohio CCW law on its first anniversary because only 45,000 or so people had obtained permits in the first year. This, said Hoover, indicated that the law was bad because such a small portion of the public was thereby represented. However even this 45,000 dwarfs OCAGV – which appears to have no tangible, mass membership at all – even though it claims to speak for millions.”

Professor Patrick then cited J.M. Sproule's Propaganda and Democracy. “Sproule has an interesting discussion of these abstract publics – made up by interpreting attitudinal survey data and constructing these interpretations as a “public” when in fact no such public may exist. My impression is that the coalition is made up of several religious/neighborhood organizations that are similar in make up – a small paid professional staff that claims to speak for an abstract, invisible public. It's a social work missionary model. Overall the coalition seems a top-down affair, functioning more or less in the model of missionary or social work, than any kind of mass membership grassroots citizens group.”

“I don't know if OCAGV has only two members,” Patrick told me, “but its primary, perhaps sole manifestation as an organization or coalition seems to be two professional staff members in the basement of a church in downtown Toledo: Toby Hoover, the executive director and a secretary/receptionist.”

I was reminded of this conversation as I read news of a “student-led” plan to march on Washington D.C. to demand gun control.

The anti-gun news media are obviously awash with excitement over the prospect of this spectacle, primarily because of how many advertisements for Tide Pods and Viagra they can sell during the broadcast of the event, but also because it fits their anti-gun, blame-the-NRA narrative.

MarchForOurLives
MarchForOurLives

A very slick-looking, clearly professional website called #MarchForOurLives cropped up almost immediately after the mass murder at a high school in Parkland, FL.

The domain name is listed as private, but as BFA Executive Director Dean Rieck observed to me, “I don't know who's behind this. It sure isn't high school kids.” Dean went on to express his suspicions that the group is actually yet another Michael Bloomberg astroturf group – not a real grassroots affair, but yet another of J.M. Sproule's propped up “publics.” And, lo and behold, thanks to a little slip by the BBC, that is exactly what this is:

[Students] have announced the March for Our Lives to take place on 24 March 2018, in conjunction with the Everytown for Gun Safety, calling for the prioritisation of children's lives in the gun control debate.

Once again we see billionaire Michael Bloomberg performing as the Great Oz behind the curtain.

And there is no doubt students will participate in the charade. After all, what high school student wouldn't want a few days off school, or a free trip to the state or national capital? Indeed, the Associated Press is reported that 400 students were be bussed to Tallahassee this week to demand various gun control measures. There is, of course, no mention of whose busses were being used or who is paying for fuel and drivers.

Sen. Bill Galvano, a Republican and the incoming Florida senate president, said the state Senate was preparing a package that would include raising the age to purchase any firearm to 21, creating a waiting period for purchasing any type of firearm, banning bump stocks that can allow semi-automatic guns to spray bullets quickly and creating gun-violence restraining orders.

The Senate is also considering boosting spending on mental health programs for schools and giving law-enforcement greater power to involuntarily hold someone considered a danger to themselves.

Democrats believe raising the age limit and creating a waiting period to buy rifles isn’t enough.

“That’s unacceptable. That’s a joke,” said Democratic Sen. Gary Farmer of Broward County. “I don’t see that as a restriction. It never should have been that an 18-year-old could buy an assault weapon. No Floridians should be able to buy an assault weapon.”

These students are being used – used by Michael Bloomberg and used by anti-Second Amendment politicians.

Used to promote a legislative agenda that they know would not have stopped the Parkland, FL school killer, and will not stop the next one. But finding solutions that might actually work isn't what the wizards behind the curtain are after.

“It's really simple, says Rieck. “I can sum up the gun control movement in one word: ICKY.

Michael Bloomberg, Everytown for Gun Safety
Once again we see billionaire Michael Bloomberg performing as the Great Oz behind the curtain and using children for his sick anti American causes.

“The left thinks guns are icky. They don't like them. They don't like us. And they want to scrub away the icky the way they'd wipe up grease on the stove top. They don't care about safety, health, enforcing laws, or anything else of relevance. Remember, the gun control groups driving this recent March for your Lives nonsense are the SAME people who work on every other left wing cause. The same people march. The same people tweet. And the liberal media pushes their liberal message because they think guns are icky too. There's no such thing as a gun control constituency. It's all smoke and mirrors, driven top-down by Bloomberg, Soros, and Everytown.

“Those calling for gun control have little interest in taking real steps to promote public safety and well-being,” Rieck observes. “Instead, they use gun control as a political hammer to bash Republicans, bash Conservatives, and bash the NRA and organizations like ours. It's a disengenous tactic to do fundraising. But they are doing nothing at all to address real-world problems.

“We stopped falling for this misleading tactic long ago. We're addressing these problems and putting our money where our mouth is. What are gun control activists doing?

“We provide training to deter or stop mass murderers in schools. Do they? We work with the Ohio Department of Mental Health to promote suicide awareness and prevention. Do they? We support efforts to teach gun safety to kids and adults. Do they? We support the hiring of more police, strictly enforcing current laws, and keeping violent criminal locked up. Do they?

“Those of us fighting for gun rights have all the same advantages we've always had. Real people. Lots of people. Cultural traditions. Patience. And to top it all off, we have practical, proven solutions. Those who want to do something that will actually help reduce the bloodshed should be listening to us.”

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Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.

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JChad

Suggestion: We should stop calling gun control organizations or gun control activists by those terms. In every case they are really gun confiscation organizations and gun confiscation activists. That accurate phrasing may more clearly communicate to readers, the reality of their agenda.

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Robert Sullivan Sullivan

Sorry, but the fact is that guns kill people and gun control is a good thing. I hunt and not one of the people I hunt with are against gun control of semi automatic, automatic long guns or handguns. Registration and proper licensing of every gun would save lives and make this country a better place to live.
My opinion is most of you who post here are trolls or gun makers or one of the morons who sells guns to anyone who wants one on the internet.

tomcat
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tomcat

@ R.S.S. I’m not sure who you are trying to convince that registration of your gun is not a problem. It is a problem when they begin confiscation, someone is going to die. I dare say you wasted your effort trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes. Besides you demonstrated your ignorance. For your information, most of us that post here are veterans and responsible people. You must be judging from the shithole you live in and as far as you hunting, I doubt if you would touch a nasty gun. You are the troll, not us.

Spurwing Plover
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Spurwing Plover

Dear Bloomberg Please Go Away you Vulture you

dj
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dj

Please use the correct word/terms. I am all for gun control. But every time i see “gun control” it is a negative that can not be overcome with a rational debate. So I substitute gun CONFISCATION which is their end goal. So everyone is about gun control. OK, fine. But in the end we lose because we are unable to call it for what is the end game. So in any conversation i redefine the term as “gun confiscation” and the opposition and supporters get a clearer picture of what their efforts are expected to produce. And any 2nd Amendment… Read more »

ft
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ft

Go ahead hole-up in the trailer park. You’ll get sucked up with the rest of the trash when the F5 rolls through.

dj
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dj

No,You are in THE trailer park. And an F 2 would fix you up nicely when it comes through looking for you.

James Higginbotham
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James Higginbotham

now WHY?? would you describe folks living in a Trailer Park as TRASH slick?
id say your as STUPID ABOUT THAT, AS ANTI-GUNNERS ARE ABOUT GUNS.
i’ve known and worked with folks from Trailer Parks who are fine folks.

Nottinghill
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Nottinghill

@JH: I’m with you on that one. I’ve seen some pretty nice parks and the homes in them. 1000% over what you’ll find in the hoods. Plus low to no crime! Do Not judge!

Janek
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Janek

They blame everybody and everything but the juveniles in the ‘High School Demographic’ that encompasses both the ‘students’ and the ‘shooters’ that emerge from that group. They showed their true selves at that ‘CNN Town Brawl’ the other day! Especially that ‘Father and Son’ duo causing disruption with the ‘Bail Money and other Twitter Comments’. There’s two that ought take a look in a mirror.

Timothy Colbath
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Timothy Colbath

I will stick with George Washington’s opinion pertaining to the need for the 2nd amendment: ” A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of Independence from Any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government”.
The Right of the people to keep and bear arms shall NOT BE INFRINGED> Period.

James Higginbotham
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James Higginbotham

i will also Timothy.
and what those STUPID anti-gunners never get, when our founders included the 2nd amendment and the way it was worded.
to say a WELL ARMED that was NOT JUST FOR MUSKETS, THEY MEANT ALL ARMES OF WAR because it addressed a WELL ARMED MILITIA.

John Wells
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John Wells

POS!!!

Tionico
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Tionico

Glad to see Chad Baus published here. The organisation for which he works is perhaps the best state firearms association out there. Been reading the weekly articles from Buckeye Firearms Association for several years now. It was members and associares of that group BFA, that decided to stop wringing their hands and DO something after the debacle of a school shooting at Newtown CT some years back. The result is the present FASTER programme… which got the way cleared through Ohio’s state legislature to allow armed folks in Ohio schools, then put togeter an iintensive in depth trainign programme specifically… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

I think that we are in trouble! I just heard Neil Cavuto, on Fox Business News, say that Americans can not buy machine-guns. So why not ban bump stocks that make guns into machine-guns? All three of those things are wrong, of course. How could someone be that misinformed. Does anyone have a contact or even just an email link for FBN?

Roy D.
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Roy D.

I think someone already gave the reason for that, it’s called “New York City values.” Let’s see now, who was that man?

Green Mtn. Boy
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Green Mtn. Boy

Ether B-Loon-Berg or Soros vile claw prints are all over it.

tomcat
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tomcat

Good old Bloomturd, the donkey with a full staff of armed guards. He need them to protect his sorry, modeling a$$ and to keep him from getting drawn and quartered. His focus on guns have taken over his fetish about surgery drinks. Standing on the bodies of innocent dead people shouting his dislikes. I for one don’t care what he wants or thinks because he is a communist pig.

Raymond Miller
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Raymond Miller

And that POS is making NYC pay for his 6 Armed guards, former NYC policemen.

SuperG
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SuperG

My experience has been that when someone obfuscates their identity, it is usually for nefarious purposes.

Missouri Born
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Missouri Born

The people behind the wish and attempt of banning guns are the same people who think the average person who is conservative is part of the deplorable group Clinton talked about, that’s what they think of us.

Meh
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Meh

Add George Soros and ANTIFA inc to this twisted stew of anti-democratic liberalism.