When progressives are unable to sell the American people on one of their agendas, they use subterfuge to sell the idea. How do they do that? In some instances, they change the name to make it sound more acceptable, a practice known as political correctness.
Ten years ago, very few Americans would ever embrace anything labels with socialism or associated with socialism. Therefore, progressives coined the politically correct term ‘social justice’ to replace socialism. The change in terminology was very successful, as who does not want social justice. However, if you look at the roots of social justice, you will find that it’s nothing more than socialism in disguise. It’s kind of like a parent hiding a nasty tasting medicine in something sweet resulting in the child readily taking the medicine, often without realizing they took it.
Gun control is the same as socialism, it’s as unpleasant to many as socialism is, and since it’s been difficult to sell most Americans on gun control, they are turning to a new sales pitch – intimate partner violence’.
Everytown for Gun Safety is a gun control activist organization that is turning to intimate partner violence as their main tool to promote their anti-gun agenda, and their doing it with the help of the New York Times. The argument of reducing gun violence hasn’t been working for them, so they are turning to women’s rights, just others turned to social justice to sell socialism.
In a recent post by the NRA’s America’s 1st Freedom:
“Any rational person is likely to assume that a political movement that uses ‘women’s rights’ as a cornerstone issue would be all about empowering women to use a tool that can make them the equal of any man. But instead of backing gun rights, Everytown for Gun Safety, with The New York Times as its megaphone, is spinning the very real issue to make it seem like the solution is to leave potential victims disarmed while telling potential bad guys they can’t legally own or carry a firearm.”
“First of all, if disarming a person is done via due process (meaning the person in question gets his or her day in court and has the real chance to appeal), then, depending on the particulars of the law, this is something both sides of this debate can likely agree on.”
“But that isn’t what’s happening.”
“A New York Times opinion piece began by saying, ‘One bit of woeful shorthand used in tallying the nation’s gun carnage is ‘I.P.V.’—intimate partner violence. This is a category in which each week close to 10 women are shot to death by their husbands, boyfriends or former dating partners’.”
“The opinion piece later says, ‘About half of the mass shootings in recent years with four or more victims had at their core the shooter’s killing of a current or former partner or family member, according to an analysis by Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control advocacy group’.”
When the New York Times op-ed piece posted, they made it sound like most mass shootings start with the intimate partner, but they conveniently forget that a number of mass shootings didn’t involve any intimate partner violence. Examples are the Ft. Hood shootings by Maj. Hasan, the Pulse Nightclub, San Bernardino Christmas party terrorist shooting, Micah Johnson’s murder of 5 Dallas police, the Aurora theater shooting, Columbine high school, Sandy Hook Elementary School and others.
The op-ed piece also implied that people carrying guns don’t stop mass shootings. My response to that is this PARTIAL list of times when someone carrying a gun stopped a mass shooting before it happened or in the process:
- On Oct. 1, 1997, Luke Woodham went to his high school after killing his mom and began shooting. Assistant Principal Joel Myrick grabbed his .45 caliber handgun from his truck and confronted Woodham and stopped his murder spree before police arrived.
- On April 24, 1998, Parker Middle School was holding a dance at a local banquet hall when a 14-year-old student opened fire with .25 caliber handgun. James Strand, owner of the hall used his shotgun that he kept there to stop the shooting and hold the student until police arrived.
- On Jan. 16, 2002, a former student started shooting at Appalachian School of Law, killing the dean, a professor and another student before being stopped by two law students who were also in law enforcement. They retrieved their weapons from their cars and apprehended the shooter and held him until police arrived.
- On Dec 9, 2007, a man opened fire with a Bushmaster AR-15 on parishioners at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Earlier that day, the same man killed two and wounded two at the Young With a Mission training center in Arvada. Jeanne Assam, a former Minneapolis Police Officer had a concealed carry license and her gun was with her during the service at New Life Church. She pulled her weapon and shot the shooter, wounding him. He eventually shot himself, but her actions were credited with saving many lives before police arrived.
- On May 27, 2010, Donald J. Moore used his personal firearm to stop a mass shooting at an AT&T store in New York Mills, NY. The shooter had a list of employees he was going to kill, but only managed to wound one employee before Moore shot and killed him, all before the police arrived.
- On Aug. 30, 2010, Sullivan Central High School Resource Officer Carolyn Gudger drew her gun on a 62-year-old man with gun. Using her body to shield a student, she held the shooter in a standoff for 10 minutes until police arrived.
- On March 25, 2012, Jessie Gates was observed getting a shotgun from his truck and heading to the door of Boiling Springs’ South Side Freewill Baptist Church in South Carolina. Aaron Guyton, grandson of the pastor, saw him and locked the door, but Gates kicked it in. Guyton then drew his conceal carry weapon and held Gates at gunpoint while two parishioners subdued him and the pastor disarmed him, all before police arrived.
- On Dec. 11, 2012, Nick Meli used his concealed carry weapon to stop a shooter at the Clackamas Town Center Mall near Portland, Oregon. The shooter killed two and wounded one before Meli confronted him. The shooter stopped shooting, withdrew to a service elevator and then shot himself, before police arrived.
- On April 30, 2014, a construction foreman in Austin, Texas used his legally licensed conceal carry weapon to stop a former employee who showed up and started shooting. The foreman wounded the shooter and saved lives after being wounded himself, before police arrived.
- On May 16, 2014, an armed gunman entered the emergency room at Cache Valley Hospital in Logan, Utah. He demanded to see a doctor and then cocked one of his two handguns and said someone was going to die. A hospital security guard did his best to calm and distract the gunman. Two correction officers happened to be present and were able to confront the gunman from a different direction. The gunman was shot three times and no one else at the hospital was injured. All before police arrived.
- On July 25, 2014, a patient entered the psychiatric clinic at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, PA. He shot his case worker before pistol whipping his doctor Lee Silverman. As the man left to go shoot more people, Dr. Silverman pulled out his conceal carry handgun and shot the man three times. He was hailed by local police for saving other lives before police had a chance to arrive.
Obviously, Everytown for Gun Safety, is not reporting the truth and intentionally twisting or omitting the facts in order to promote their anti-gun agenda. Beware of organizations like this and their published articles, as they often are inaccurate, misleading and deceiving.
Over the past six years, I’ve reported many instances of someone using a legal firearm to protect themselves, their homes and their loved ones. Statistically, areas with stricter gun control laws also have some of the higher incidents of gun violence and many areas with no gun control laws or more lenient laws have some of the lowest rates of gun violence.