Misinformation Board Could Sway Gun Debate

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In late April, Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), made a bizarre announcement during a congressional hearing that DHS was forming what it called a “Mis- and Disinformation Governance Board.” IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- In late April, Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), made a bizarre announcement during a congressional hearing that DHS was forming what it called a “Mis- and Disinformation Governance Board.” The statement came in response to a question about how DHS was responding to supposed Russian interference in American elections. Mayorkas said the Board was intended to counter threats to both election security and “homeland security.”

The DHS secretary did not, however, go into detail about what authorities the board would have and how it would exercise “governance” of the information, opinions, and narratives that reach the American people.

But the threats to American freedom and access to a diverse range of opinions and ideas are obvious. And this would be especially true for hotly contested and highly political issues like the right to keep and bear arms.

Perhaps only the Biden administration was surprised when voices from across the political and ideological spectrums immediately began raising alarms about the potential for government censorship, the chilling of speech, and the specter of official propaganda. Even a Washington Post columnist, while bemoaning what he considered the bane of disinformation, urged: “DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas should pull the plug on the new board. Like, yesterday. And never speak of it again.”

Frequent comparisons have also been made to the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984. That was the governmental entity of Big Brother’s oppressive regime responsible for falsifying events and history to correspond to the regime’s policies and establishing what was considered the “truth” that would govern the lives of its subjects. That truth, however, was often detached from – and directly counter to – objective reality.

Others reacted to the ever-so-convenient coincidence that the Biden administration was launching an initiative to counter “dis- and misinformation” just when heads were exploding throughout his political party over “free speech absolutist” Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.

Besides the reality that “facts” are ever vulnerable to new discoveries and revelations and that many areas of public debate involve deep matters of philosophical, spiritual, and situational perspective that cannot be reduced to a universal “truth,” there is the matter of the First Amendment. Simply put, the Executive Branch does not have the authority and is in fact forbidden from suppressing ideas and opinions, even those it labels counterproductive to domestic tranquility and security.

Yet if the government does not use the “Governance Board” to curb or punish speech directly, it is still likely that its pronouncements could sway the stewards of the modern digital public square, whose orthodoxy is increasingly uniform amongst themselves but who the public widely distrusts.

So far, precious little information has emerged to allay the initial fears of bias, overreach, and abuse. The newly announced director of the board is partisan to the point of activism and idiosyncratic to the point of discomfort. Even the mainstream media is acknowledging that the board’s launch has been “messy” and “myste[ious].”

It’s not difficult to imagine how a “Mis- and Disinformation Board” could negatively affect Second Amendment rights.

For years, there was a disagreement over whether the Second Amendment protected a private, individual right to keep and bear arms. The media, legal establishment, and anti-gun politicians eagerly promoted the idea that the Second Amendment was only a “collective right” that could not be invoked by individuals, or, at most, could be invoked by individuals only to assert their right to bear arms in an organized militia.

Meanwhile, a small cadre of researchers of different political persuasions actually dug into the historical and legal records and came up with conclusions that diverged from the orthodoxy. This dissident view was then ratified by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2008 case of District of Columbia v. Heller, which held that the Second Amendment has always protected a fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms independent of service in an organized militia.

The “experts” and their conventional wisdom, in other words, did not prevail where it mattered most, nor – in their smug complacency on the issue – had they done the same quality of research, scholarship, and analysis that went into convincing the court that the weight of evidence proved them wrong.

But if the government could have actively suppressed those efforts, that outcome almost certainly would have been different.

Moreover, there are important questions of fact concerning the causes and dynamics of violent crime; the role of firearms in legitimate self-defense; the ways violent criminals obtain their crime guns; the nation’s history of firearm laws and policies; even what firearm laws are actually already on the books. These are but a sampling of the many areas of disagreement among policymakers and supposed “experts.”

And without rehashing every debate in one article, suffice to say that Joe Biden, and his former counterpart in the Chief Executive’s office (also a big advocate of suppressing “disinformation”), have both been called out repeatedly by even mainstream factcheckers for false or misleading gun claims.

Joe Biden is hardly a credible or knowledgeable source about firearms or the Second Amendment (among many other things). And he and his minions are also unfit to decide who else is credible and knowledgeable on those topics.

While the administration’s collaborators in the media have tried to portray objections to the board as merely partisan politics as usual, Americans have an instinctual aversion to being told what to think or of government efforts to silence alternative viewpoints.

So far, it seems like DHS’ attempts to enter into the information control arena are likely to prove more of an embarrassing liability to the Biden administration than to actually result in much censorship. It is perhaps a testament to the continued vitality of free speech that board itself has been the subject of voluminous criticism and ridicule, an apt reaction to such a foolhardy endeavor.

Certainly, as long as this website remains operational, gun owners can rest assured that truthful and accurate information about firearms and the issues that surround them will continue to be available.


About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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SkippingDog

Where did this little killer get his AR15? Where did an 18 year old get tactical body armor?

Oldman

I heard on the ‘Five’ today that nothing turned up on his background check.

Russn8r

Our side needs to face it: Gun buyer “background checks” do NOT stop mass murders. But they can be mitigated, even prevented, by respecting the right to self-defense concealed carry & abolishing LaPierre’s pet “gun free” zones.

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Russn8r

Case in point…Gun buyer background checks do not stop mass murders.

john

He is 18 years old that is old enough to die for our country no issues with a rifle. The fact is that the police and others new that this “defect” was going to be a problem. They failed their local community which is sad and not all the fault falls on the police. Family is the first line of defence if you know that you son or daughter husband wife is dangerous for christ sake say something. Get some help for you and that person I wrote this before how many of the 350 million that call the United… Read more »

Happy Everafter

Bureaucratic un-elected rule-making agency creating another bureaucratic un-elected rule-making agency – gotta be a perfect storm coming there!

The founders would be impressed, fer sure!!

Arny

DE FUND them ALL !

Doug G.

I don’t care if the DGB only deals with National Security issues or if, as we all fear, they go after free speech. The Federal government is FORBIDDEN from controlling speech, even stifling speech is covered, which the Boards mere presence causes. Burning the US flag and yelling “fire” in a movie theater are not speech nor an expression of speech and were wrongly decided, like Roe v Wade, as we are now aware can happen. So, remove that argument before they make it. The DGB is something that just shouldn’t be and it needs to end now. That is… Read more »

Doug G.

DHS is itself an extra-Constitutional entity, like so many other Exec. Branch creations, al la ATF.
So let’s start there and abolish these, often rogue, bureaucratic agencies who get to make their own rules and interpret their own rules without one vote from We the People.

SkippingDog

You’ve apparently never read the “necessary and proper” clause, not the line of Supreme Court cases framing its application.

Arny

Necessary & proper for who ?

CaptainKerosene

Isn’t that what is intended to do?
The publication of new editions of text and history books will be edited for their truth.
So much neater than burning books.

swmft

all digital nothing in print edit at will

2gats

Too bad wayne and his toady board of directors F**ked all nra members at the time they were needed most

Arkansas Rob

“It is misinformation to state that the second amendment applies to the individual. It was always, and is, about the militia.” – Alejandro Mayorkas
Well, boys, I guess we’re going to saddle up.

Laddyboy

@A.R.; What the WEAK-MINDED USEFUL IDIOT DemoKKKrat ‘amayorkass’ REJECTS is that WE-THE-PEOPLE/American Citizens ARE the Militia whom our Founders are referring to!

CaptainKerosene

That’s WOKE MINDED USEFIL

CaptainKerosene

The 1787 Constitution did that in error.
PATRICK HENRY & OTHERS DEMANDED A CORRECTION.
So the BILL of RIGHTS clarified the reason and specified the right.
Look at the second paragraph of the Declaration of INDEPENDENCE and the oath of office for everybody to this day. Support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foriegn and domestic.

swmft

i am wondering how long it will take them to rewrite constitution and bill of rights

john

The democrats felt threatened by DR Seuss books!!!
Good luck if the democrats try to rewrite the counstituion the country will explode

SkippingDog

Just like last time, Johnny Reb.

Coelacanth

He doesn’t even know “The People” are the militia. It was thoroughly discussed many years ago.

PAF145

Any one that still is a proud Democrat, is a proud traitor

Montana454Casull

A play right out of the communist playbook. Silence the opposition !

musicman44mag

Don’t forget degrade, demonize and misappropriately label.

john

The disinformation governance board a part of Homeland Security what could go wrong here ? Now a department that is complicite in the spread of propaganda run by the democrats.

JSNMGC

run by the government.

The size of Homeland Security will not be reduced when Republicans have a majority in the House.

Ever-growing government is the problem.

People who apologize for armed government employees who follow unconscionable orders make the problem worse.

Laddyboy

“I was only following orders.” Many in the Nuremberg trial stopped breathing due to this comment!

swmft

a compliment to fbi , things are going down hill fast

Wild Bill

Yes, FJB the “president” that took our nation from provision to privation.

Cruiser

Why do we still have The Department of Homeland security? What are they securing?

Russn8r

The Great Reset

Wild Bill

The great Russet.

Russn8r

Duh huh! Huh. Huh huh. Huh. “Most humorous!”

Don’t quit your day-glow job.

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swmft

and joker joe calling republicans a threat to democracy someone needs to put him in a rubber room

Wild Bill

Biden is the nearly perfect stooge fronting for the marxists that are running the government. Everyone can see that he is not mentally competent. And if things get too hot, Joe will suddenly pass away taking all the blame with him, while the marxists remain incognito and escape to harm our country more with the vice-stooge as the new mouth piece.

Laddyboy

In a Nursing Home for the INSANE. The wife can permanently join him.

swmft

and camel toe too

Wild Bill

Well, if the home is for the insane, is there room for the rest of his staff?

musicman44mag

Working together to be together and together they will get together to take care of everyone together and everyone together will take care of themselves.

Wild Bill

Say again … over.

musicman44mag

It’s the kamalatoe plan for housing all of obidens staff.

john

Dr Jill Biden is complicit in Joes actions he is not sane enough to pour his own coffee let alone run our country. Who is behind what’s on the teleprompter is running the country.

swmft

how fun would it be to hack the teleprompter and make him say nursery rhymes , stupid and nonsensical he does on his own

john

I just want Joe Biden Gone He can’t even read his lines what’s worse is his improv and he is not even funny. There is absolutely nothing believable about how he was able to win the election. When you read about the Biden institute and the money that has exchanged hands in this little brick building on a college campus then think of the Ukraine. 40 billion dollars taxpayer dollars giving to a country that the Bidens as a family have been enriched by in dealings with that country. As Americans struggle with one disaster created by this administration after… Read more »

musicman44mag

Don’t you mean the doctor of nothing?

john

Dr Jill is incharge of the Biden Institute, if ever there was a institute laundering money from the taxpayer. Here is a good laugh their mission statement in short form Our mission at the Biden Institute: to influence, shape, and work to solve the most pressing domestic policy problems facing America. The Biden Institute is focused on the issues that have animated President Biden’s public career and it is rooted in two guiding principles he has long embraced: Here is punch line  Economic opportunity and social justice President​​ Biden’s long career has been defined by honesty, integrity, compassion and courage. Please write… Read more »

musicman44mag

Yes and while they are at it, lets have his new agency take down the proven lies and disinformation that they are pushing.

There is no honesty or integrity in the obiden administration and courage is something they only read about.

john

Say it’s not so Joe Calling Dr Jill Calling Dr Jill The Biden Institute sits in a stately, colonial brick house on the west side of the University of Delaware’s sprawling campus. It is peppered with smiling cardboard cutouts of the former vice president. But unlike similar institutions housed at public universities, the Biden Institute does not disclose the sources of its funding or its staff and executive salaries. A spokesman for the university, which receives over $100 million in taxpayer funding, said the Biden Institute is not subject to federal Freedom of Information requests because it is privately funded.… Read more »