Of Course Shannon Watts & Everytown are Anti-gun & Hate the Second Amendment

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Of Course Shannon Watts & Everytown are Anti-gun & Hate the Second Amendment
Of Course Shannon Watts & Everytown are Anti-gun & Hate the Second Amendment

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- Shannon Watts must be making a late run at PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year. On the October 18 edition of CBS’s “The Takeout with Major Garrett,” the gun control activist told the correspondent, “Often people think that because we're doing this work, we're anti-gun or we don't support the Second Amendment. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Anyone remotely familiar with the American gun control debate will know that nothing could be closer to a demonstrable lie.

As it pertains to herself, Watt’s statement is laughable. The gun control activist’s Twitter account is a fevered anti-gun stream-of-consciousness. Watts has promoted nearly every gun control measure up to and including the confiscation of lawfully-possessed firearms.

In March, Watts repeatedly cheered on as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern worked to ban and confiscate entire categories of lawfully-possessed guns.

Ardern’s effort prohibited the sale and civilian possession of all centerfire semi-automatic rifles. Further, the measure banned semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns “that are capable of holding more than 5 cartridges commensurate with that firearm’s chamber size” or capable of accepting a detachable magazine. All detachable centerfire rifle magazines were also prohibited.

Ardern’s measure required law-abiding gun owners to turn-in their firearms to the government for a set amount of compensation. Otherwise law-abiding individuals found in unlawful possession of the newly-prohibited firearms face up to five years in prison. Those found in possession of a newly-prohibited magazine face up to two years imprisonment.

As if her animus towards commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and their owners weren’t enough, Watts has even criticized the lawful sale of bolt-action .22 rimfire rifles. Watts has also appeared to support a ban on all centerfire rifle ammunition.

Looking closer at Watt’s remarks to Garrett, note her use of “we.” In her statement, she was speaking for not only herself but her organization.

Moms Demand Action, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is a subsidiary of billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety. Bloomberg founded Everytown in 2014 and made an initial investment of $50 million to develop and fund the astroturf group. Following that initial investment, Bloomberg has continued to bankroll the organization and its preferred candidates, sometimes through his Independence USA PAC. In short, Everytown is Bloomberg.

In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Bloomberg stated, “if you want to have a gun in your house, I think you’re pretty stupid – particularly if you have kids – but I guess you have a right to do that.” Aside from dripping with condescension, few would quibble that the statement was anti-gun.

Moreover, the sardonic “I guess you have a right” language confirmed that Bloomberg does not believe Americans have an individual right to possess firearms for self-defense that is protected by the Second Amendment. Confirmed, because the Everytown founder made his opinion on the Second Amendment clear in 2008.

While Bloomberg was mayor of New York City, the city joined an amicus brief for “major American cities” in the landmark Second Amendment case District of Columbia v. Heller. The brief took the position that the Second Amendment did not protect an individual right to keep and bear arms.

Some excerpts:

Contrary to Respondent’s assertions, moreover, the Second Amendment was not intended to vest armed power in citizens acting outside of any governmental military effort—either federal or state.

The Amendment cannot reasonably be understood, as Respondent suggests, to protect a right to possess firearms for the purpose of engaging in violence against a government that an individual believes to have overstepped its bounds.

Unlike provisions of the Bill of Rights that, for example, ensure fair procedures for criminal defendants or protect an individual’s right to speak without governmental interference, the Second Amendment was designed to serve a much different, structural function.

It is clear from the brief that Everytown’s founder and financier does not support the Second Amendment as interpreted in D.C. v. Heller and McDonald V. Chicago. Nor the Second Amendment as it is understood by the vast majority of Americans.

Everytown routinely files anti-Second Amendment briefs in pending litigation. In recent years this has ranged from the high-profile Supreme Court case New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York, to a brief supporting Hawaii’s stun gun and taser ban in Roberts v. Suzuki.

Watts’s claim that she and Everytown aren’t anti-gun or anti-Second Amendment is just the latest chapter in a long history of deceptive gun control messaging.

Americans know and oppose “gun control,” so the same anti-gun measures have been rebranded as “commonsense gun safety” or “gun reform.” The public doesn’t support gun confiscation, so its proponents dub the policy a “buyback” and avoid discussing the logical consequences.

If there’s anything to be gained from this episode of dishonesty it’s that Watts’s statement to Garrett was such a ridiculous lie that it should prompt thinking individuals to question what else she is lying about . . .


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StWayne
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StWayne

Now that we are closing in on the re-election of one Mr. Donald J. Trump, and the left sees who they got running for office (and that no one measures up!) they have resorted to the last chapter in their playbook: lie at any cost. There was this 2007 movie called “30 days of night” starring Josh Hartnett, where just before the lead vamp broke the neck of actor Ben Foster, while handcuffed to his jail cell while on his quest for a little red meat and something red to drink, said: “Humans. They believe anything you tell them.”

Vern
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Vern

The last paragraph talks about “thinking individuals.” The sad thing is that they are in a minority today. Those telling lies have the main stream media to lead them in their attack on the thinking process, sad because there are more wanting others to do their thinking for them than those who actually think for themselves.
That’s what the anti-Americans count on.

hippybiker
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hippybiker

One must remember this bag of Pig excrement was at one time the mouthpiece/shill for Monsanto Chemical co. Yeah! You know!

Will Flatt
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Yeah, Monsanto, the outfit that was bought up by the company that made Zyklon B for the Nazis to gas Jews with… Bayer. Evil corporations and the evil people who work for or run them.

Knute
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Knute

The actual name for Bayer in 1945 was “I. G. Farben”. Lots of GIs (including an uncle of mine…) remembered being ordered NOT to bomb any of their facilities in Germany, while destroying all else. Knowing that it would be really difficult to sell pills to THAT audience, the cure is simple.
NAME CHANGE! Sheeple fall for that gag all the time…. caught in nasty, unethical, criminal activity? Just change your name and then say; “that was that other guy.”

JPM
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JPM

These rabid Feminists are responsible for the destruction of traditional marriage, the rise and acceptance of the LGBTABCXYZ…. whatever the hell it is today, agenda and brainwashing and recruitment of innocent grade school children, and many of the problems we have today. She’s at best, a future cat lady and just as likely to be, if she isn’t already, a lesbian, as any MAN (real man) wouldn’t touch her with Michelle Obama’s dick. Denying your physiology (being male or female) is mental illness and social engineering, passing laws and pretending doesn’t change what you are and equality is not possible… Read more »

JFCrosby
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JFCrosby

These broads are a joke. Why aren’t they taking care of their families instead of being a tool of the libtards. Get back home and raise your children!

tetejaun
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tetejaun

You can trace the beginning downfall of the United States to August 18, 1920, when women were allowed to vote. Men see suffering, stress, exciting exercise as natural & good. Women hate those things and will always vote for security and safety, even if it ultimately dooms them. That is why so many women are anti-gun, pro-illegal immigration, pro-sanctuary cities and approve of communism. The ‘great father, government’ always there with a handout and safety net. I have seen women who shoot in competition vote democrat. THEY COULD NOT HELP IT, it is instinctual. Women shooters and mothers of veterans… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@ttj, I know a retired MSG, bronze star recipient that would not take kindly to your words. She is a very disciplined person, artful swearer, and was pretty cool headed in the Green Zone mortar attack, but everyone has limits.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@WB…Tell the good Sargent Have a Good Day from me.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@OV, The Big Blond just got done putting ten bags of Purina Senior Horse feed in the shed. That arctic cold front, with rain, caught up to her at about bag number five, so she is wet, and madder than hell! But I’ll tell her, after she has had a chance to put her feet up.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@WB…I can just see that picture !!!

tomcat
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tomcat

@ Wild Bill You could have, at least, held an umbrella for her. As time goes on you will find out there is more than a pretty face there.

drderek
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drderek

Wild Bill. Your point is valid but I think tetejuan is speaking in generalities and not in absolutes. Our male population has become softer and more feminine as the female population has become more vocal and politically aggressive and liberal. This influence is seen in the colleges, advertising, and in the media. But, there are most definitely women who have not succumb to the cultural madness. A visit to “Frontsight,” (NV) the largest civilian firearm training center in the U.S., will show you dozens of women every week learning to use firearms effectively for defense of their families, themselves, and… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@derek, I can not help, but agree with you.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@WB…Tell the Sargent…Temp 20, wind 30 +, snow here . Be happy .

Oldvet
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Oldvet

The thing about that is , the snow blowing by here may not hit the ground till it gets into Oklahoma ! Nothing but barb wire fences to stop it .

Styke
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Styke

Wild Bill,
Also tell from my friends along with myself that we are forever grateful for her sacrifice to our great country.
Bless you,
Michael Stilinovich

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Styke, Can do!

Oldvet
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Oldvet

juan …you talking out your ASS your mouth knows better !

Vanns40
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Vanns40

tetejuan: Your comments are exactly what gives Liberals a running head start at condemning gun owners and lumping us all together as a bunch of idiots. Thanks for nothing.

Whatzit
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Whatzit

Unfortunately, this is an extreme over-generalization. Not all women are liberal cowards. It’s not woven into their genes to be a certain way any more than men are all hardwired to be exactly the same.

Will Flatt
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Ooh, news flash! Anti-gunners will lie, defraud, and more to disarm America so the Commiecrats can do stuff to us that would otherwise get them SHOT.

Hey NRAHQ, how about you SHUT UP and FIRE WAYNE!! BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!!
BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!! FIRE WAYNE NOW!!!
BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!! FIRE WAYNE NOW!!!
BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!! FIRE WAYNE NOW!!!
BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!! FIRE WAYNE NOW!!!
BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!! FIRE WAYNE NOW!!!
BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!! FIRE WAYNE NOW!!!

Terry
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Terry

Come on people – lets give a shout out for Will!

Hey NRAHQ, how about you SHUT UP and FIRE WAYNE!! BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!!
BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!! FIRE WAYNE NOW!!!
BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!! FIRE WAYNE NOW!!!
BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!! FIRE WAYNE NOW!!!
BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!! FIRE WAYNE NOW!!!
BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!! FIRE WAYNE NOW!!!
BOD, DO YOUR JOBS!!! FIRE WAYNE NOW!!!

Keep it going!

HoundDogDave
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HoundDogDave

It’s been a while since I’ve commented on the nra. I have no respect left for the nra or it’s “bought off deflectors”.(they don’t even rate the effort of using the shift key to capitalize the initials) I see no value to my membership (doesn’t expire for 3 more years) outside of as a tool to annoy the leftists gun grabbers. All my 2A funding goes to the GOA and FPC