Take Shannon Watts’ Advice and ‘Fight Like a Mother’ — against Her

You don't need to read her book to respond in kind, using whatever tactics work.

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Gun-Safety Activist Shannon Watts on How to Fight Like a Mom and Beat the NRA,” a Wednesday Mother Jones headline reads. “Watts discusses her meteoric rise from stay-at-home mom to the NRA’s worst nightmare.”

They certainly pack a lot of presumptions into the opening statement for this overt PR piece and ad for Watts’ “Fight Like a Mother” book masked as an objective interview, but then again, we are talking Mother Jones.

A reader has to wander deep into the weeds to find that Watts had to go through a learning curve to realize that “gun safety” is better for manipulating people than admitting you want to control them, and that in addition to being a first-rate laundry-folder, Watts is also “an experienced communications professional.”

As for her “meteoric rise,” take a moment and prove something to yourself. Try to find the words “Bloomberg” or “Everytown” anywhere in the interview. And as for being “NRA’s worst nightmare,” I’d say if Mr. LaPierre is waking up in a cold sweat these nights, it’s not because Shannon Watts is haunting his mind.

But being a high-powered professional flack, Watts and the Mother Jones promoter lobbing her softballs know that presenting her as David to NRA’s Goliath casts her as the hero and them as the menacing giant villain. So it doesn’t hurt to throw their name out in the same paragraph she brings up “death threats,” although it would be interesting to see how many actually express credible intent (as opposed to the kind of stuff I get all the time) and are backed up by arrest reports.

Being the victim is an important part of the propaganda game Watts plays, so we also see where open carriers are portrayed as violent threats despite the fact that to do so with a firearm is a prosecutable crime everywhere and in Everytown, as it should be. Lost in the discussion is the real armed threat against gun owners, who must obey edicts Shannon & Co. succeed in getting enacted or face law enforcement repercussions.

There are people who are victims, at least that’s what multiple juries have said when they awarded multi-million dollar settlements for claims that the weed killer Roundup caused cancer in the plaintiffs. The claim is that the manufacturer “Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades.” And that overlaps with when Watts was heading up public relations efforts for the chemical giant and its new owner, Bayer:

Her LinkedIn profile documents “stay-at-home mom” Watts was Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs Company for PR firm Fleishman-Hillard from 1998 to 2001, claiming she “Directed [a] seven-member team that identified and managed issues and crises for clients, including Monsanto Company [and] Bayer Corporation.” From 2001 to 2004 she assumed the position of Director, Global Public and Corporate Affairs Company for Monsanto, where Watts says she “Provided corporate communications strategy and support for Fortune 500 life sciences and agricultural company.”

Check that – sometime between my first and second report, Watts amended her profile to delete “Monsanto” from her Fleishman-Hillard VP entry.

“Juries don’t determine science and that some lawyers convinced a jury that this man deserves a payout has no bearing on the fact that science says Glyphosate does not cause cancer,” a comment poster to my second article pointed out. “In fact, it’s less toxic than table salt. Multiple independent studies have shown that fact, including a 30-year study of thousands of farmers and their families.”

That may be. I certainly can’t pretend to know the science. Then again, none of us have heard all of the evidence from all of the cases, either. But in this case, and I say this fully understanding the irony, the truth doesn’t matter, nor does it matter if we agree with the verdicts and awards or not.

The object here is to take Watts’ advice and “Fight Like a Mother,” and since when has reality mattered to them? Yet applying that formula has resulted in a formidable following that has become an existential threat to “legal” recognition of the right to keep and bear arms. And when you don’t want to fight but it is being forced on you, the object is to overcome the aggressor, meaning it’s fair to pick up and use “any chair in a bar fight.”

What matter is that Watts is a creature of the “progressives,” and they as a group are more likely to agree with the verdicts and want to know the extent of her involvement in trying to sway public opinion. While cognitive dissonance is a familiar state for “liberals,” it should trouble more than a few that their champion was once a top flack for a rich corporation that, according to due process-adjudicated outcomes, “gave cancer” to, among others, a black man who says “They have to pay for not being honest.”

Watts should explain what role she played as a top PR/corporate communications strategy executive in relation to the Roundup case. Are we seriously to believe she was unaware of it at the time or had no hand in formulating reputation management responses?

#PeopleDemandAnswers would be a more than appropriate message to advocate and press her on. When warranted, for “ourselves and our Posterity,” gun owners need to:

Fight Like a Mother.


About David Codrea: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. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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    Ej harbet
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    Ej harbet

    My ex-wife would put ms watts in the dirt with pistols,swords or with great joy hand to hand! My current wife’s grandfather served in stalin’s nkvd! Nuff said.
    I love dangerous women.

    Ej harbet
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    Ej harbet

    Un-effables demand action! Decent patriotic ladies don’t have to demand!

    Ej harbet
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    Ej harbet

    This cretin is a higher paid prostitute than the one who gave elliot Spitzer what his trophy wife wouldn’t give him.
    Wouldn’t surprise me to find she gives Lil napoleon Bloomberg more than just a face for his gungrabber machine,,,,,

    Larry
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    “Glyphosate does not cause cancer… In fact, it’s less toxic than table salt. Multiple independent studies have shown that…”

    At least that’s what the US government claimed as they screwed hundreds of Viet Vets out of disability claims for exposure to Agent Orange, which is what it was called when it was still a classified munition.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    Glyphosate does not cause cancer,” a comment poster to my second article pointed out. “In fact, it’s less toxic than table salt. When the bought and paid for eedjit who wrote this begins daily to sprinkle glyphosate on his breakfast omelette I MIGHT grant him a bit of credibility. But not until then. Glyphosate not only has a STRONG link to certain types of cancer, it has also been strongly, convincingl linked to other health issues, including (but not limited to) digestive problems (it is proven to raise havoc with one’s natural gut biome), immune system disorders, including increased incidence… Read more »

    MICHAEL J
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    MICHAEL J

    Fight like a mother? Then raise your children right instead of breading perps and thugs. The NRA has done nothing to endanger your children.

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    You could find her on any side of the fence if the money was there. I think she has no beliefs or moral fortitude, just a good nose to find dollars.If I remember correctly, there is another profession that does whatever is necessary to get the dollars.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Tcat, Well let’s get out the bribe money, and “I had a change of heart!” script. Maybe we’ll get some bang for our buck!

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    @Wild Bill I’ve seen her picture and I think I will pass. Not my cup of tea. LOL

    JPM
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    JPM

    I have to wonder what kind of “mother” she is, if at all and how in the world she thinks she’s even a woman (female, yes, but woman?). Definitely no way she is a “Lady” in any way shape or form. These Feminists have already destroyed traditional marriage and the family and are in no way feminine.

    Green Mtn. Boy
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    Green Mtn. Boy

    Ah yes more is heard from the Demanding Commie Mommy’s of how we should ignore the Constitution when it’s rather plain ignore Demanding Commie Mommy’s.