Bloomberg’s Propaganda Arm ‘the Trace’ Naming-&-Shaming

By Larry Keane

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Bloomberg’s The Trace is all about cancel-culturing 2A supporters on social media. IMG Jim Grant

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Michael Bloomberg’s The Trace is on a campaign to turn gun companies against the leading online voices that speak about the importance of gun rights.

The Trace, which is nothing but a gun control megaphone disguising itself as pseudo-journalism, sent out a “name-and-shame” email last week putting companies on notice. They listed 13 specific firearm personalities with large social media followings. That was followed by leading questions that left little room for doubt what they were really after.

“Has your company reevaluated relationships with any of these creators in light of their political content?”

And…

“Has it considered connections between this content and the political rhetoric on display last week?”

Those weren’t questions designed to illicit a thoughtful response. Those are questions that tell the recipient that if they don’t dump them and run away fast, they’ll trash their company in the media. They accused these social media personalities of spreading conspiracy theories online surrounding the 2020 election and Democratic party. The “reporter” also accused them of overdramatizing the risk of gun confiscation and “fomented fears of election fraud…” The “reporter” topped it off by attempting to tie the violence visited on Capitol Hill to these conspiracy theory allegations.

This isn’t journalism. This isn’t even advocacy, which at best, is what The Trace is all about. This is corporate intimidation. It’s vilifying innocent parties by smearing them with the same accusations used against those who actually committed criminal acts.

Know Your Adversary

Let’s start with what The Trace actually is. They bill themselves as “an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit newsroom” that’s managed to infiltrate the newsrooms of USA Today, The New Yorker, Slate and The Atlantic. Their independence is hardly true. Guns America Digest dug into their tax records that show 70 percent of their funding comes from Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control group that’s bankrolled by antigun billionaire Michael Bloomberg. In fact, John Feinblatt – the same Feinblatt that heads Everytown for Gun Safety and once served as a senior advisor to Bloomberg when the billionaire was New York City’s mayor – is the principal officer listed on tax filings for The Trace.

Claims of editorial “firewalls” are laughable when emails are sent to gun companies telling them with the subtlety of a mob boss that it’s in their best interest to “reevaluate” their influencer relationships.

Intellectually Inconsistent

This standard they’re holding up to gun companies and social media influencers are intellectually inconsistent. By this line of reasoning, the rioting and looting over the summer should be attributed to every newsroom that whitewashed the violence witnessed during the summer of 2020.

There was plenty of it. MSNBC’s Ali Velshi literally told his audience on live television that the situation in Minneapolis was not “generally speaking unruly” even as the city burned behind him. Even more stark, Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) escaped blame when James T. Hodgkinson, a self-described “Bernie Bro” attacked Republican Members of Congress and left Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) fighting for his life in an armed attack.

Even Congressman Scalise didn’t blame Sen. Sanders for this heinous crime. It’s intellectually inconsistent to blame the crimes of an individual on another who had no part. Yet, that’s exactly what this “reporter” from The Trace is trying to do.

Fight Back

Colion Noir, a Second Amendment advocate, and lawyer wasn’t having it. In a video, he blasted the intimidation move.

“The overall goal is to stifle the Second Amendment by limiting the First Amendment,” Noir explained. “They are going to do everything in their power to silence voices like me, silence voices like you just saw in that email. That’s their goal.”

Gun websites are being de-platformed. Facebook is banning ads for gun safes, even after over 8.4 million people bought a gun for the first time in the name of safety during inauguration week. The implication is clear. Gun owners are dangerous and need to be eliminated.

NSSF will continue to stand up. Gun owners across America need to join in.


About The National Shooting Sports Foundation

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations, and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org

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Mike Moto
Mike Moto
29 days ago

Funny how EVERY MASS MURDERER was a democrat! EVERY ONE!

Mike Moto
Mike Moto
29 days ago

I see the ChiCOMS have paid troll’s even on these forums. Starting to see it all over the gun pages. I guess if you in your mid-30’s and still live at home you need some way to pay for drugs..

Blackyori
Blackyori
29 days ago

WOW!! You rumpers are whiny bitches.

hippybiker
hippybiker
29 days ago
Reply to  Blackyori

Blackyori= Illiterate Scum!

gunnerdd517
gunnerdd517
28 days ago
Reply to  Blackyori

i surmise youre either an FBI plant,trying to run a sting,or the typical Communist thug. Either way, glad youre here to show what you are truly like.

nrringlee
nrringlee
29 days ago

LIBERTY LOVING folks in America have been subjected to oppression for decades and are now engaged in a mostly cold civil war against usurpers like Trace and Bloomberg. The Republican party, one of our two progressive parties has been dead silent to this issue for decades. They exploit the issue come fund raising and vote hustling time but have been largely missing in action on the issue. Like our Cold War with China, most have been asleep on post for decade. Now they are cowed into silence and compliance by mean talk from leftist propaganda mills.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
29 days ago
Reply to  nrringlee

Don’t forget to add intimidation with those peaceful protests that are more than propaganda and saying that the vote count was legit which are lies..

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
29 days ago

i don’t care how much you make with your unsecured web sight. Austa, your no longer on the front page courtesy of someone that worked for a retirement.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
30 days ago

Oh, I love it, perfect proof that demonrats have shit for brains especially facecrack owner and thief Mark Suckerberg. Let me see here, it’s all about gun safety, right? Save the children that is our goal, right? So, we need to stop selling the very thing we are demanding gun owners need by making laws to force gun owners to keep their children safe at home by requiring a gun safe that we are making harder to find and get. Only a demonrat could make sense of that. This proves the end goal is to make laws and then make… Read more »

Bdcaron
Bdcaron
29 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Add to your list of businesses Mike Lindell, My Pillow. Kohls and Bed, Bath and Beyond will stop selling his product because of his stance on the fraudulent election. I’m going to buy some pillows from him even though I don’t need them.
Our household won’t be buying anying from those two shitbox stores and I will be sending them an email letting them know.

Everyone needs to get off their ass and do something. Even something as easy as writing an email.

Blackyori
Blackyori
29 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Retards like you are why I bought a gun. Not to protect my family from criminals but to protect from morons like you that would happily attack our capitol because you want to throw a temper tantrum. If you think this election was stolen we better take a closer look at 2016. No way your retard of an orange should have won. When someone like rump gets elected it just shows how fucking stupid MERICA has become. Fucking republitards!

Mike Moto
Mike Moto
29 days ago
Reply to  Blackyori

The attack on the capitol was started by Black Don’t Matter and ATIFA False Flag liberals. Demo-Rats cant get over the fact the President Trump won in a FAIR election and had to stoop to ballot stuffing to get a child groper and Willy Browns Half Breed Whore into office. 6 Ways Joe Biden Magically Outperformed Election Norms 1. 80 Million Votes for Biden 2. Winning Despite Losing Most Bellwether Counties 3. Biden Trailed Hildabeast “Except” in a Select Few Cities that are known for corruption! 4. Biden Won Despite Democrat Losses Everywhere Else 5. Biden Overcame Trump’s Commanding Primary… Read more »

Miserable Wretch
Miserable Wretch
30 days ago

Bloomberg, a worthy adversary.

Rebel VA
Rebel VA
29 days ago

Bloomberg = A$$hat

Bozz
Bozz
28 days ago

Bloomberg. Surrounded by armed security. Wants to take yours away. Rules for thee, not for me.

nrringlee
nrringlee
28 days ago

We are no longer a Constitutional Republic. We are an Oligarchy. Bloomberg is a case in point.