The very real fight against the 2nd Amendment now re-branded as "Gun Safety"
This week saw former New York Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg throw $50 million into the ring to back a new and improved super-gun-control group that starts over on the Left's war against guns and the Second Amendment. Eschewing old buzzwords like 'gun control' introduced in the 1990s, and 'gun violence' coined more recently, the new group is wrapping up its same old message in a new cloak with the term 'gun safety.'
Bloomberg's idea of gun safety
Long the founder and backer of gun control groups to include the sputtering Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the newer Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, billionaire Michael Bloomberg has coughed up some $50 million of his hard earned cash to fund a new superfriends network of gun grabbers that is dubbed, "Every town For Gun Safety"
(We give you, EveryTown..)
The group claims some 1.5 million members although it was only founded this week. To register as a member all you have to do is click a link, put in your name and email address, and as soon as you hit submit- Bang- you are a member of the gun-fighting team. No CAPTCHA images to figure out, no email to click a confirmation link to, no charge, no nothing. In short, a spambot could add a million new members in a few hours should someone want to program such a thing.
Not saying anyone would, just saying someone, somewhere, could. If they wanted to.
The agenda platform of Everytown? Well here you go, their words in italics with our analysis in parenthesis:
"We want to close the loopholes that allow criminals and other dangerous people to buy guns without background checks" (expanded background checks at the state level, which can be delayed for months or years such as in Maryland).
"We can save lives by educating parents about safe storage and responsible gun ownership." (The leading 'gun safety programs' backed by Bloomberg and Co in recent years are the unworkable micro stamping and biometric smart guns, neither of which are proven to work-- which result in a backdoor gun ban)
"We can shut down trafficking channels with stronger gun trafficking legislation." (Such as the recent proposed request by House Democrats to have President Obama close the door on 'assault weapon' imports)
In short, their vision of the perfect 'Every Town' is one without guns-- and they have $50 million in advertising dollars available now to pay for commercials, buy matching T-shirts for protesters, and put on super slick voter campaigns.
The Real gun safety programs
Pro-Second Amendment groups have pushed for real gun safety and gun control for decades. These two terms, however have very different meanings than Mr. Bloomberg's. Gun safety to the National Rifle Association translates to the effective and much-liked Eddie the Eagle GunSafe Program run in conjunction with law enforcement agencies across the county.
Started in 1986, this program has reached out to more than 26 million kids nationwide in the past thirty years. The simple logic of Eddie is that kids should do four things if they see a gun: "Stop, Don't Touch, Leave the Area, and Tell an Adult."
The program saves lives and is widely adopted by schools and youth groups because, even though it is from the NRA, unlike Bloomberg's rhetoric, is gun-neutral.
"The purpose of the Eddie Eagle Program isn't to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children. The program makes no value judgments about firearms, and no firearms are ever used in the program. Like swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household poison, they're treated simply as a fact of everyday life. With firearms found in about half of all American households, it's a stance that makes sense."
Besides the NRA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has for generations put its money where its mouth is on gun safety.
According to their website, "Our safety programs and those of other organizations have helped drive down firearms accidents to historic low levels, decreasing by 22 percent in the last 10 years. Less than 1 percent of all fatal accidents in the U.S. involve a firearm.
In doing so they have provided:
- 100 million gunlocks included with new firearms in the last 15 years
- 36 million free firearm safety kits that include a gun lock distributed in communities through NSSF's Project ChildSafe program, in partnership with 15,000 law enforcement departments
- 3.6 million requests for firearm safety materials fulfilled by NSSF in 2013 alone. Communities regularly turn to NSSF for its expertise and materials successfully promoting safe firearms handling and secure storage.
Oh, and as far as the term "gun control"? Well the real meaning is hitting what you aim at.