U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “The gun rampage at a Southern California bar on Wednesday came just 12 days after a hate-motivated shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue and six days after a man with a history of assaulting women opened fire in a yoga studio in Florida, killing two women and wounding five other people,” Jennifer Mascia writes in The Trace. True to agenda and form, the piece is written to manipulate emotions and gin up support for more “gun control.”
For those unfamiliar with the group, they claim they have editorial independence:
“The Trace maintains a firewall between our news coverage decisions and all sources of revenue. This separation ensures that financial support does not present a conflict of interest for our journalism…”
That's despite owing its existence and continued operations to Everytown and other notorious gun-grabbers:
“Michael…Bloomberg’s organization is providing seed money for The Trace … Huffington Post co-founder and BuzzFeed chairman Ken Lerer, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, and The Joyce Foundation have also signed on as backers.”
So it must be a coincidence that everyone feeding from the trough at The Trace stumps for citizen disarmament edicts and that alternative documentation showing guns can be instrumental in saving lives never seems to factor into the content. Their meal ticket's got nothing to do with it because they say they're independent, right?
People sharing an agenda don't need explicit instructions. They know they're on the same page as their benefactors and there's no shortage of narrative talking points to make sure everyone stays on message. Case in point, when the term “gun safety” is used, you can bet the intent will be grabbing, not training.
Now back to Mascia, whose heartstring piece was the springboard for this discussion, the agenda is strong. Looking at the rest of her work for The Trace, it's pretty clear her motivation is, too. So it's hardly out of line for those she would see disarmed to examine the source of that motivation.
Chances are her father having been an underworld killer with multiple hits under his belt had an influence. That probably comes as a surprise to many gun rights advocates, unaware that Al Jazeera told its readers “America's best hope for tracking gun deaths is a mob enforcer's daughter,” and Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action gushed on social media that her story was “Amazing.”
That Mascia’s primary female role model — a moral weakling of a mother who knew about, but nonetheless supported and covered up for the monster she was married to and did nothing to stop him — no doubt also had an influence. It also may explain an affinity for foolish and contemptible lackeys that provide cover for those who would take all choices away.
At this point, though, good people could still feel a degree of sympathy. After all, Mascia had no control over who her parents were or what they did. Their defects and failings were not her fault.
The problem is, she’s chosen to become part of an effort to make the rest of us defenseless against sociopath predators like her father, and enablers who help them kill, like her mother. She knows full well no “law” proposed by her billionaire patron would have any effect on stopping diseased animals like John Mascia from working his sick will on more victims.
The creepiest thing is the way Mascia rationalizes the homicidal punk using “shades of gray,” allowing her to view him as two unrelated personalities, “my dad and … this separate John,” and to write a book as “my way of honoring my parents [and] still loving them.”
There is no gray in the premeditated taking of human life for gain, nor any claim to honor. It is the blackest evil. It must be stopped, and anyone interfering with your ability to do that is an ally of that evil. Grieving families of victims the Mascia thug murdered could have loved their fathers, sons or brothers as well.
So while empathy for a daughter dealing with traumatic stress is understandable, when coping defects are taken out on the rest of us we’re under no obligation to tolerate resulting toxic and irrational damage. In the case of Meadow Soprano here, her “work” for Bloomberg would best be met with an invitation to take her damn daddy issues out on something else, and leave our rights alone.
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 a contributor to Firearms News, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.