Despite Spin Citizen Disarmament Ploy Brings No One ‘Together’

I don’t think they want to hear from me. But if any of their supporters want us to hear from them, they’re invited to make their case in “Comments,” below. (97percent/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -(  The 97percent “gun safety” organization purports to have a plan to reduce “gun violence” that can bring people on both sides of the issue together. In Part One, AmmoLand looked at a so-called “Policy Roadmap” put out by the group and examined its three “core principles.” In Part Two we examined the four policies we’re told promise to dramatically reduce gun-related homicides and suicides.

Of course, it will do none of that, but instead is just a “new” tactic to recycle to make old citizen disarmament ideas palatable to a critical mass of low-information Americans amenable to being manipulated by well-funded “gun safety” snake oil salesmen.

What makes 97percent’s “roadmap” all the more insidious is that the organization is (at times) successfully employing a “divide and conquer” strategy by claiming to represent both “responsible” gun owners (as if opponents are irresponsible) as well as “bipartisan” (that is, RINO) interests. We’re essentially talking Fudds and Democrat gun owners, who place faith in centralized government disarmament diktats and hostility to “deplorables” above uninfringed freedom for their countrymen. Out of such, we get groups like Giffords’ calculatedly-named Gun Owners for Safety, and “Republicans” like Joe Walsh, who capitalized on his supposed “pro-gun” bona fides to advance his political career and then “proved” them by “commending” David Hogg and endorsing Joe Biden.

Walsh was joined in a recent 97percent annual conference panel centered on the “roadmap” with other names associated with “gun rights,” including trainer and former Brady Campaign president ally Rob Pincus, the Heritage Foundation’s “properly crafted red flag”-endorser  Amy Swearer, and Stephen Gutowski of The Reload and now of CNN, all joining in to “legitimize” the show and demonstrating, wittingly or not, how “inclusive” those paying for it are. (Just to clarify: I do hope Gutowski continues to use his elevated platform to the best effect possible, and I support his efforts to educate a wider audience, but I also believe there’s something in it for “them” in terms of steering the direction of the discourse.)

What we’re seeing here is a manifestation of something I’ve warned about: “gun rights influencers” gushing over all the new gun owners without considering whether or not any votes have been changed. Because it’s not about guns, it’s about freedom, and if owning them were all it was about, we’d have no better pals than David Chipman and Lon Horiuchi.

With the conference over and the media all over the “roadmap” and the supposed “common ground” that it represents, let’s think it through together for a moment. Forget yet-unresolved questions posed by the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision for a moment and let’s say it all comes to pass and 97percent’s four policies are enshrined into law throughout the land.

Who thinks that will be it, and the jackals, now sated, will stop circling and go away?

Who thinks Joe Biden will give up on banning “assault weapons,” by executive order if he thinks he can get away with it, and ATF will stop legislating and “defining” via “rules”? We know what the end game is, no matter how much the gaslighting gun-grabbers want to ridicule us for repeating their own words back to them.

Believe Sen. Thomas Dodd, the principal force behind the Gun Control Act of 1968, when he asserted:

“I would be for abolishing all guns.”

Believe Handgun Control Inc. (the predecessor of the Brady Campaign) founder Nelson “Pete” Shields, when he told the New Yorker back in 1976:

“We’re going to have to take one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily — given the political realities — going to be very modest. . . .  [W]e’ll have to start working again to strengthen that law, and then again to strengthen the next law, and maybe again and again.  Right now, though, we’d be satisfied not with half a loaf but with a slice.  Our ultimate goal — total control of handguns in the United States — is going to take time. . . .  The first problem is to slow down the number of handguns being produced and sold in this country.  The second problem is to get handguns registered.  The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition-except for the military, police, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors-totally illegal.”

Believe Deborah Prothrow-Stith, who as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health wrote:

“My own view on gun control is simple. I hate guns — and cannot imagine why anybody would want to own one. If I had my way, guns for sport would be registered, and all other guns would be banned.”

Then believe Mark Rosenberg of the CDC who wanted to see guns “dirty, deadly and banned,” and former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens who made worldwide headlines calling for the Second Amendment to be repealed.

We could do this all day, but the point is made. Of course, “they’re” talking about taking your guns. That’s what it’s always been about, and anyone who says differently is either a liar or a fool.

Give in to 97percent’s “roadmap” and all it will do is remove an impediment in the long march to the end game. The grabbers will be back the next day with new demands, newly invented “loopholes” and new lies, accusing Republicans of refusing to “compromise” and the NRA of harboring “extremists,” all with the intent of swindling us out of our birthrights and establishing an unchallengeable monopoly of violence.

None of our rights are theirs to tamper with, let alone dictate on, and history more than adequately demonstrates the “common ground” such roads invariably lead to.

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. 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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Ansel Hazen

The most important thing at this point is no more compromise and no more working with the left. Shun them. Freeze them out. Their agenda advances every time they get another nibble from the cake.


Look at the political maps of America. IF we really wanted to, WE THE PEOPLE could STARVE them out of existence.


They DO look at the results they cause Oldvet. They do NOT care – period. For the past 2 years, Fox News and innumerable conservative websites have been screeching about the No Bail laws in major cities like LA, NYC, Philly, Chicago, etc..violent crime has gone up exponentially – and after all the publicity – all the demands, what has changed? We just had a major mid-term election, and have ANY of those State or City officials listened? Anything change? Nope. People have become pacified – conservative folks, just like present day Christians, refuse to fight back. “We’re above that”,… Read more »


I heard the other day on TV that they are finding people that are healthy get the shot and then months later they die of complications with their liver. Some of them don’t drink!!! In addition, people that have had multiple covid shots get covid more than those that only had the first two.

Now this is conspiracy theory, but they say they need to rid the earth of 3.5 billion people and the shots are going to help them do it.

So glad I don’t trust the government. No shot here.



Limbaugh frequently said the Left wanted to be judged by their “good” intentions, not by their dismal results.

This might be a good place to point out that “socialism” as they call it, totalitarian communist dictatorship in plain English, has failed miserably in every case it has been tried.

Yet they keep on trying, insisting that this time it will be different.

What was that definition of insanity?

Last edited 2 months ago by DDS

Yeah those little tiny blue dots would disappear.. wouldn’t that be nice.


These liberal ,gun-grabbing ,socialist sissys have been talking this same bullshit for over sixty years. Sixty years from now they will still be saying the same thing.

Last edited 2 months ago by Ope

After 60+ years, WE THE PEOPLE, should have shut their mouths.


Same old shit just a new dressing, why does anyone even take these fools serious, but we have to . If they hate the freedoms America offers they are more free to leave and go somewhere where guns are not allowed and see exactly who still has guns, uh the criminals


Pincus is a grifter. I called him out on a forum more than 10 years ago. He was a liar then and hasn’t changed. People like him and Gutowski are especially dangerous as too many 2A supporters have been fooled by their rhetoric and support them. They are not your friend or supporters of the Constitution and never have been.

Stop being fooled and STOP looking for ‘heroes’. The only person you can absolutely trust is yourself so stand up and make yourself heard. Write your Congress critters, join no compromise organizations and fight back!.


Amen! Though here in Commierado, we’re stuck with Bennett and Lickshispooper (Hickenlooper). Denver Commies run this State now and rural Coloradoans have no say in how the State’s ran.

Capn Dad

The only power they have over you is the power you give them. Give them nothing.

2A Gun Guy

Oh So Right David


it’s time for a divorce


More like time for Civil War. Lincoln set a precedence for secession. The Feds couldn’t survive without the Red States (where the bulk of the country’s food comes from).


I’m a current high school teacher, former LEO, CCW holder, husband, dad, granddad, and NO COMPROMISE supporter of our 2nd Amendment.


Way past time to use their tactics against them. Any possible attack against anti-gun Legislation should be mounted. Keep pummeling them with the facts that gun laws have been proven ineffective at reducing firearms related crime. Therefore the attempts at Infringing on our 2A Rights are nothing but Tyranny!


Don’t forget this guy.

I don’t care about crime, I just want to get the guns. — the late Sen. Howard Metzenbaum D-OH.


This makes me think of the oft used and worn out argument that “the only reason socialism hasn’t worked here is because the right people haven’t been in charge.” Fo some reason, every time the cards get shuffled, the same jokers are on top of the deck.

Arkansas Rob

Rob Pincus and Amy Swearer need to be reminded that the solution is fewer laws, not more. So far, Stephen hasn’t proposed anything objectionable, and I don’t expect him to.


Pincus is and always has been a grifter, and anyone who was part of that ‘conference’ is automatically persona nongrata’ and that especially includes people like Stephen Gutowski.


Pincus would sell out Gun Owners without hesitation. He’s the proverbial Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.


F**k them and their 97% 97% is a way overblown percentage when research shows 4 out of 10 Americans own guns (personally, I believe it’s closer to 6 or 7 out of 10, as I and many I know wouldn’t participate in a survey like that).


Here’s a “ compromise “ for you ; how about all able bodied citizens between the ages of 16 and 60 become part of the Militia ? Whoops, they already are ! Just a simple change from “unorganized “ to “organized “ should do it !


If these anti-gunners aren’t willing to come to the table with 2A advocates to support tough penalties for criminal misuse of guns, strong policing, no bail for gun crimes, more prisons for perps and capital punishment, than they’re not worth our time. If their main focus is guns and how to reduce them, they can all take a hike. Let’em look to Mexico for inspiration.


If those characters that look like a bad remake of the “Hollywood Squares” are representative of the 97% they are a bunch of morons.



I am a high school teacher, former LEO, CCW holder, husband, dad, granddad, and a NO COMPROMISES 2A supporter. I am an anti-gunner’s worst nightmare.

Last edited 2 months ago by JH1961

What’s ridiculous is that even the mass shooters were ‘responsible’ gun owners until they were not. None of them even had criminal records…

2A Gun Guy

They are 97% LIARS