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DNC Chair Tom Perez Exploits FL Shooting with Fundraising Drive

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H/T Deneen Borelli.

Tom Perez is a typical DemocRat Ghoul that has no compunction of dancing on the bodies of murder victims.

Democrats are taking a page from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s playbook, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

While Americans are reeling from the horrific shooting deaths at a Parkland, Florida high school, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is fundraising off the tragedy.

Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz confessed to killing 17 people and injuring others at his former high school.

The day after the shootings, DNC chair Tom Perez sent an email to supporters for donations.

The Daily Caller reports:

The DNC on Thursday sent out an emotional email, signed by DNC chair Tom Perez, asking supporters to sign a petition telling Congress that “it’s past time to take action to address our country’s gun violence epidemic.”

Anyone who signs the petition, which requires giving the DNC your email address and zip code, is re-directed to a donation page asking for money to “help Democrats take on the gun lobby.”

“Your contribution will benefit Democratic National Committee (DNC),” a line above the donation box reads.

Perez criticizes the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the email but does not elaborate how the shooting could have been stopped.

In his email, Perez claims the NRA is blocking policies that he says would have prevented Wednesday’s shooting — even though it’s unclear what effect, if any, those policies would have had. (The shooter, Nikolaus Cruz, bought his gun legally and passed a background check.) But that attack on the NRA sets up the request for money at the donation page.

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7 Simple Steps to Eliminate School Shootings Overnight

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H/T Town Hall.

NRA President Wayne La Pierre said after the Columbine shooting “I think the president’s comfortable with a certain level of violence.”

This is why DemocRats oppose safe and simple steps that would secure our childern in school.

They are comfortable with the violence so they can use them to try to do away with the Second Amendment and confiscate guns.

Jewelry stores have men with guns protecting their diamonds banks have men with guns protecting the money politicians rich people and Holly weird types have men with guns protecting their children. 

So why can’t our most precious possessions our childern by protected by men and women with guns in school?

After days of bitter hurt, anger, deep savage argument, and plenty of non-thinking social media trolls blurting whatever comes to mind through their thumbs, it’s time we as Americans begin a genuine discussion about how to stop the next school shooting from occurring.

It’s important that we do this even though gun deaths are by no means the most dangerous form of death in America today.

In 2017, with 300,000,000-plus guns in the hands of Americans, there were 15,549 gun deaths. This ranks less than half the number of automobile deaths even though there are fewer cars in existence than guns. In 2017, there were 253,000,000 cars in existence and 41,000 auto deaths.

Nonetheless, the rhetoric is so loud and the anger so tightly wound that a way forward needs to begin. Genuinely good people on both sides of this issue disagree. Pro-gun people believe that owning a gun is one step of many in helping to keep their families safe and their government from becoming too tyrannical. Anti-gun people believe that the mere existence of a gun is a danger to all. But note that both sets of people desire safety in general.

With very little expertise, but with a robust research ability, my staff and I began looking at this issue this week from the perspective of what could be done that would be tangible, but also acceptable to both sides of the discussion. Here’s seven simple steps that can and should be implemented overnight across the country and in similar fashion school shootings would be eliminated. This list is not exhaustive but is a starting point where good-willed people can come together to make a significant difference now.

1. Metal Detectors In Every School: This maintains such common sense it’s impossible to believe that it doesn’t already happen. This is a bigger failure in the era of post-Columbine than the popularity of the AR-15. How do the largest schools in our nation (Stoneman Douglas is one of the largest at over 3,000 students) not have access points controlled through a metal detector daily? Our courts, government buildings, airports, sports stadiums, conventions, and plenty of other public gatherings demand them.

2. Enforce Everything: Oddly those calling for more laws to be added to the already overly tufted books of law regarding firearms may not realize just how many laws already exist. Simple enforcement of existing laws would cut down on uncounted numbers of people owning guns, possessing guns, and utilizing guns. This is particularly true in the area of those with mental health issues. Begin doing what laws already state must be done, and do so like our children’s lives depend on it.

3. Perform Active Shooter Drills: In many school districts in the nation earthquake drills are performed. No children have died in earthquakes at an American school in years but the drills go forward. “Sequester and Hide” (and then get your cell phone out and begin “facebook-LIVE-ing”) should be replaced with “Barricade, Attack, & Survive.” Young people should be aware of how quickly they can move a teacher’s desk and their own to protect against a shooter. These should be practiced and drilled at minimum in comparison to earthquake drill

4. Reinforce Doors, Windows, Buses, Locks: Though these things left to themselves were installed and still did not stop the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, they are able to stop some of the carnage. At the Stoneman Douglas high school, the shooter attempted to shoot through the reinforced glass of the classrooms in an attempt to shoot victims outside the building, but was unable to because of the technology of the glass. That piece of hardened, thickened glass saved lives.

5. Recruit Retired Military & Law Enforcement: The number of qualified public safety professionals that live in our communities is surprising. These friends and neighbors have already received certification and weapons training. Most of them (unless they become criminals) are already allowed to own, possess, and carry firearms. Having them operate the access points at all schools, check every backpack and bag carried onto the premises, and engage every threat be it a firearm, a pocketknife or any other form of contraband — would not only ensure a safer school campus, but also a more rule following, law abiding one. Drugs, porn, and other forms of disruptive materials would be filtered out of the school campus environment on the threat of being discovered every day by the school security professional.

6. Arm All Appropriate Personnel: Giving teachers, coaches, and administrators (only the ones who wish to) the right to protect themselves on campus is a backstop to all other methods. But it is a genuine deterrent nonetheless. If only 5-10% of staff were also armed, certified, and properly trained, there would be no threat that first got through the detectors, security professionals, and the hallways that would still be allowed complete and utter access to the student body. Instead of a coach taking bullets, giving up his life to protect his students, numbers of teachers and coaches would be ready to confront any threat that made it to their area of the campus.

7. Publicize Consequence: The mere knowledge of this list of obstacles to any attacker may not completely dissuade them. But since it was readily apparent that this list of steps would have actually saved some if not all of the lives in Florida this week, one thing can be easily understood. Any individual who decides to try something under these guidelines runs a much larger threat of being caught, captured, and killed if he tries it. So talk about it openly. Do the drills, teach the kids to fight for their own survival, tell the predators in advance that if they choose to attack a school it is open war on them, and before they ever have the chance to enter the facility the daunting challenge they will face will likely be a price too steep for them to be willing to pay.

Israel has already put some of these steps into practice and the nation has seen almost zero school attacks since adopting them.

None of these steps infringe upon law-abiding people’s Second Amendment rights.

All of these steps attempt to stop and engage mentally ill or deliberately belligerent attackers.

This list would make an immediate impact on every school that adopts them.

No common sense American can deny their effectiveness.

Our kids are worth it!

Donald Trump To Speak At NRA Convention — First President In 34 Years To Do So

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H/T The Huffington Post.

I want to say Thank-you to President Donald Trump for being the first president since President Ronald Reagan to stand up for the Second Amendment. 

It’s so good to “have a president who respects the Second Amendment,” an NRA spokeswoman says.

DEMOCRATIC DALLAS MAYOR WANTS NRA CONVENTION GONE DUE TO 1963 SHOOTING

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H/T Keep And Bear.

President John F.Kennedy was a lifetime NRA member and Lee Harvey Oswald was a Marxist so why ban the NRA Convention.

The constant attacks being lobbed at the Second Amendment in America are becoming almost cartoonish in their absurdity.

Certainly, this is due to the overt radicalization of the left side of American politics in the age of President Donald Trump.  The liberals are downright furiouswith this turn of events, of course, and have becoming unbearable in their quest to wholly defame and delegitimize this leader of the free world.

This includes, of course, fighting back against anything and everything the the conservative President stands for.

That’s why the democratic mayor of Dallas, Texas is fighting back against the National Rifle Association, who is planing to hold their annual convention in the city this year.  In his rebuke of the NRA, interim Mayor Dwaine Caraway cited the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy as the reason for his pushback.

“Mayor Pro Tem Caraway spoke Monday about the scheduled NRA convention. Fox 4 reported that he framed his demand that the NRA pull out by pointing to JFK’s assassination, then pivoting to the July 7, 2016, fatal ambush of five Dallas police officers, the Florida school shooting, and November 2017 murder of a 27-year-old mother of six in the city, allegedly at the hands of a 15-year-old.

“Caraway said:

“‘Gun violence has played a significant part in Dallas’ historical past from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to the five Dallas Police officers gunned down in July 2016 to the brutal murder of a mother of six children in District 4 this past Christmas. It is time to put the heat on the NRA and demand that they work with elected officials in our country to establish gun laws that protect our children and keep our communities safe.  We have got to take on the NRA.’

“CBS DFW reports that Caraway also said, ‘We have got to take on the NRA. I am all for the protection of the 2nd Amendment but I am also for protecting the children and a safer Dallas. We must get rid of these assault weapons to protect the children and we must do something now.’”

Caraway’s imaginative response helps to reiterate the left’s carte blanche hatred of the Second Amendment, regardless of the minuscule lip service he gave to the right in his statement.

The NRA has yet to officially respond to Caraway’s “demands”.

NRA, NJ Resident Team Up To Kill State’s Carry Restrictions

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H/T Bearing Arms.

The draconian gun laws in New Jersey need to be over turned.

I hadn’t been writing for Bearing Arms long when a reader reached out to me about a story I wrote. During our discussion, he lamented the state of his affairs in New Jersey. He was jealous of me living in a Shall Issue state, and I can’t say that I blame him.

However, a team up in the Garden State may change fortunes for all gun owners there.

A Wall man, a statewide association of gun clubs and the National Rifle Association are taking on New Jersey’s gun laws, asking a federal court to throw out the state’s restrictions on carrying handguns in a case they hope will reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thomas R. Rogers, described as a Wall businessman who services ATM machines in high-crime areas, and the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to have what they said were New Jersey’s “draconian” gun restrictions declared unconstitutional.

The lawsuit, supported by the NRA, asserts that New Jersey’s restrictions on carrying guns violate the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

New Jersey’s law limits the right to carry firearms outside the home to those individuals who can show they have a “justifiable need” to do so, according to the lawsuit.

In order to do that, the individual “must establish specific or serious threats or previous attacks which put him in special and unavoidable danger to obtain a permit from the state to carry a firearm in public,” the suit says.

The effect is “to make it wholly illegal for typical law-abiding citizens to carry handguns in public – for by definition, these ordinary citizens cannot show that they face a serious or specific, unavoidable threat that poses a special danger to their safety,” the suit said.

That’s the way it shakes out for a lot of people.

However, that’s also how it shook out for a lot of people in Washington, D.C., before a federal court heard a similar case there. In that case, the judge agreed that the May Issue provision amounted to an infringement of citizens’ Second Amendment rights. The District of Columbia opted to not take the case before the Supreme Court out of fear that a decision against them would spell disaster for gun control laws elsewhere in the nation.

To be sure, I don’t expect the federal court in New Jersey to take the same position as in the District’s case.

However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If it does find against the plaintiff, that opens the door for taking the case further up the food chain, possibly to the Supreme Court. If that happens, and the Court agrees to hear the case, then it could have ramifications throughout the entire nation when it comes to May Issue states.

Frankly, that’s what we need at this point. It’ll take a Supreme Court ruling telling citizens that having to demonstrate a need in order to exercise their Second Amendment rights is unconstitutional to put an end to this brand of insanity.

Democrats Blame Republicans Demand Gun Control After Florida School Shooting

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H/T The Daily Caller.

There is not a single gun law on the books or that could be added that would stopped this piece of garbage from shooting up this school.

This piece of human excrement is a Latino Communist Antifa supporter with interests in Islam and ISIS.

 

Democrats immediately politicized the Florida school shooting that left at least 17 people dead on Wednesday and demanded gun control legislation, even before it was known how the shooter got his gun and whether any proposed legislation would have stopped it.

Some Democrats blamed Republicans for Wednesday’s tragedy, without citing any evidence whatsoever.

“Republicans should pray for forgiveness, for not only their complacency and dereliction of duty, but in contrition for the men, women and children we continue to lay to rest because of senseless gun violence and the cowardly inaction from Congress,” Democratic New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman wrote on Twitter.

“How many more moments of silence must we hold before Republicans in Congress act? We are not powerless. There are measures we can and must take to make our communities safer,” Democratic Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly said in a statement.

Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton took a shot at President Trump after the president expressed his condolences to the victims’ families. “I agree with every word @realDonaldTrump said here,” Moulton wrote on Twitter. “I invite him to get off his ass and join me in trying to do something about it.

Even before the suspected shooter was in custody, Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy took the Senate floor to blame the shooting on a lack of gun control.

“Turn on your television right now, you’re going to see scenes of children running for their lives. What looks to be the 19th school shooting in this country and we have not even hit March,” Murphy said, citing a misleading statistic put out by gun control proponents.

“This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting. It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction,” Murphy said.

Murphy later claimed on Twitter that “If you’re a political leader doing nothing about this slaughter, you’re an accomplice.”

“I, too, offer thoughts & prayers…” Democratic  New Jersey Rep. Donald Norcross wrote on Twitter. “… I also offer my support to bring #gunsafety measures up for a vote.”

“Another senseless tragedy at an American school. My heart is with the victims and their families. When will we wake up? When will we take action to prevent these shootings from occurring? These tragedies are the new normal, and that should make all of us sick,” said Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

“Absolutely horrific. The victims are weighing heavy in my heart. It’s time for senseless violence to end. Enough is enough. We need common sense gun safety reform,” said Democratic California Rep. Ro Khanna.

“Prayers for students, teachers and parents at #DouglasHighSchool…Congress needs to finally find the courage to #EndGunViolence by passing #universalbackgroundchecks and renewing the #assaultweaponsban,” Rep. Lacy Clay wrote on Twitter.

“Once again, gun violence shatters lives with another school shooting. We need sensible gun control, like background checks and tracing of weapons. My heart breaks for the families affected & my thanks to the first responders in Florida,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez.

“Horrific. Thoughts and prayers from the president are not enough – we need common-sense gun reform NOW!” wrote New York Rep. Nita Lowey.

“Heartbroken over another school shooting. Schools must be a safe space for all students & teachers, not the scenes of tragedy. Monitoring the situation. When will my @GOP colleagues finally agree #EnoughIsEnough & act on #gunsafety? Thoughts & prayers are meaningless w/o action,” wrote New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

This article has been updated with additional information.

 

 

Rep Adam Schiff: Russia Promoted Second Amendment Ads So Americans Would Kill Each Other

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H/T Freedom OutPost.

It is a close race on which one is stupider Pencil Neck Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) or Nancy “The Botox Queen”Pelosi(D-CA).

Congratulations Rep. Schiff, you’re just demonstrating that you have drunk too much of your own Russian collusion kool-aid.

Sometimes, people say some of the most stupid things one could contemplate.  Take for instance Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and his comments last week regarding ads promoted during the 2016 elections.  Schiff actually believes the Russians like the Second Amendment so much that they were using it as anti-Hillary Clinton ads in order for Americans to be “doing nothing but killing each other every day.”

Obviously, Schiff is trying to target the Second Amendment himself by pitting himself against Russia, as if Russia was even behind such a fantastical bit of propaganda.  This is so he can promote his illegal, Communist-style gun confiscation legislation, of course.

Seriously, he is not stupid.  He’s being crafty here.

Take a look.

“You had the content that was clearly anti-Hillary, and you had the content that was very pro-Trump, but even the bigger quantity of content that was being pushed through social media was just content designed to pit us against each other, to exploit our divisions,” Schiff said to a crowd at the University of Pennsylvania.

“So, of course, they as you have seen they parroted Black Lives Matter to try to broaden the racial divide in this country,” he hypocritically added, knowing that the head of his own party for the past several years was at the top of the list doing that and he was in full support of it.

Then, Schiff went completely off the rails in saying that Russia was behind the pro-Second Amendment ads and such on social media during 2016.

“They also trumpeted the Second Amendment. Apparently, Russians are very big fans of our Second Amendment. They don’t particularly want a Second Amendment of their own, but they’re really glad that we have one.”

“The Russians would be thrilled if we were doing nothing but killing each other every day, and sadly we are.”

Um, what?  I suppose Rep. Schiff thinks that every Constitutional loving, Second Amendment supporting American who posted a meme, bought a pro-Second Amendment ad or even published a pro-Second Amendment article must be a Russian agent or plant, right?

I mean that is sort of what he is presenting here.

Americans should be united on the Second Amendment and what it says because, well, they are Americans and it’s part of our Constitution.

It wasn’t little Russian bots or fake Twitter or Facebook accounts promoting the Second Amendment Rep. Schiff!  It was American patriots and I’ll be that has you lying awake all night in fear, doesn’t it?  Yet, with well over 100,000,000 or us with over 300,000,000 guns, it’s obvious that we are not the problem in this country.

Sadly, people like Rep. Schiff, as well as Senator Dianne Feinstein, demonstrate that they are anti-American when they attack the very Constitution, and the rights of the people it was written to protect from evil politicians like them, not Russia.

Because of the committee he sits on the influence he has, Schiff is definitely a dangerous man.

Man carrying concealed pistol stops attack on Utah police officer

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H/T Fox News.

Concealed carrier Derek Meyer has in the right place at the right time and quite possibly saved officers life.

 

A Utah police officer who was being attacked on Friday was saved by a passerby with a concealed pistol, officials said.

The unidentified police officer confronted the attacker, identified as Paul Douglas Anderson, after spotting feet dangling from a donation bin in Springville, FOX13 Salt Lake City reported on Saturday. Anderson got out of the bin, but refused to remove his hands from his pocket.

The officer ordered Anderson to remove his hands out of his pockets. Anderson eventually took his hands out of his pants’ pockets and began repeatedly punching the officer in the face.

Derek Meyer told FOX13 he was driving by the area when he spotted the police lights and saw Anderson attacking the cop. Meyer turned around and pulled out his pistol.

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Derek Meyer sprang into action after he saw Paul Douglas Anderson attacking a police officer in Utah.  (Springville Police/FOX 13)

“I carry a gun to protect me and those around me, but primarily I carry a gun to protect my family first and foremost,” Meyer, who has a concealed-carry permit, told FOX13. “Outside of that, if I were to use my gun to protect anyone it would be law enforcement or military personnel.”

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Meyer aimed the pistol at Anderson and yelled at him to stop attacking the officer. Anderson bolted from the scene as responding officers arrived. The attacker, who was found hiding under a flatbed trailer, was arrested and faces several charges, according to FOX13.

The officer suffered a fractured eye socket and lacerations around his eye.

Cpl. Cory Waters of Springville Police told FOX13 Meyer’s quick action helped save the officer’s life.

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Springville Police Cpl. Cory Waters said Meyer’s quick action helped save the officer’s life.  (FOX 13)

“Had he not been in the right place at the right time, who knows what would have happened,” Waters said. “But he definitely stopped the attack from continuing and becoming much worse. He might have even saved either one of their lives. It could have gone really bad, even for the suspect.”

Meyer said he stepped in because it was in his nature. He added

“[I didn’t do it] to get any extra attention or to have people talk about me or anything I did,” he told the news station.

Meyer added that he’s sharing his story because there aren’t enough “good stories from responsible, gun-owning people.”

The officer was released from the hospital and is expected to be ok.

POLITICAL “ACTIVIST” HANDLER WEIGHS IN ON SCHOOL SHOOTING WITH ABSURDITY

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H/T Keep And Bear.

I am blissfully ignorant of who this bimbo is one thing I do know about her is she doesn’t know a Damned thing about guns and gun owners.

Every generation has one:  The celebrity that eschews their fame in order to pursue a life of political activism.

The only problem with these sort of limelight-addicted lunatics is that it’s still about the attention.  When the transition is made from entertainment to politicking, they are simply shifting the focus of their attention from something flippant and fun to something vitriolic, personal, and offensive by nature.

Thanks to the duality of American politics, former talkshow host Chelsea Handler transition into the political realm was very simple:  Oppose the President and then profit.  That’s really all it takes with the left radicalizing at such a rapid rate in America today.

And, of course, Handler felt the need to weigh in on the gun rights debate after the tragic Kentucky school shooting earlier this week.  Her liberal logic is unbearably difficult to unwrap.

“Days after the heinous school shooting in Marshall County, Kentucky, Chelsea Handler blamed the NRA and warned students: ‘Don’t go to school if you don’t want to get shot.’

“Handler’s comments on the Marshall County High School shooting were issued in response to President Donald Trump’s consoling comments to the families of those killed and wounded in the January 23 incident.

“Handler has repeatedly attacked legal gun owners following tragic shootings.

“In November, the Netflix talk show host blamed ‘Republicans’ for a shooting at a Texas church that claimed the lives of 24 people, and previously claimed that gun ownership is a ‘hobby’ that should be restricted.

“’We’re way behind the times in terms of gun control in this country, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere anytime soon,’ Handler told the Hollywood Reporter in June, days before being honored at the anti-gun Brady Center’s Bear Awards. ‘Our voices just need to keep getting louder, and the people that make an impact need to really just step up and stick their necks out a little bit more.’”

It doesn’t take a scholar to understand Handler’s severe lack of qualifications for this conversation, but the millennial muck stuck to the bottom of the democratic shoe doesn’t realize this at all.

For the left in America, it is not a matter of logic or history, it is a matter of emotion and equalization.  Chelsea Handler is a living, breathing, and, unfortunately talking piece of proof.

Democrats’ Exciting New Hope Adheres to Tired Old Anti-Gun Dogma

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H/T NRA/ILA.

Dopey Winfrey has more skeletons than she would probably want exposed.

In 1997 Charlton Heston said this about Dopey Winfrey  “We’ve reached that point in time when our national social policy originates on ‘Oprah.’”        

       

Democrats searching for a standard-bearer in the 2020 presidential election lit on long-time entertainment, media, and publishing figure Oprah Winfrey this week, following a speech Winfrey gave at a televised Hollywood extravaganza. Winfrey received wide acclaim for her remarks, but amidst the #oprah2020 mania that has followed, questions have arisen over what Winfrey stands for politically and whether she has the desire and skill set to lead the Free World. Some of those questions remain unanswered, but for gun owners, one thing is crystal clear: Oprah Winfrey embraces the staunchly anti-gun posture of contemporary Hollywood.

Winfrey’s anti-gun activism dates back to at least the 1990s when she was closely involved with the rabidly anti-gun group CeaseFire, Inc. The now defunct group’s website, still archived online, attests to its fanaticism. It’s Mission Statement, for example, explained:

Through a coordinated public service announcement (PSA) print and broadcast campaign, our mission is to mobilize a broad cross section of American leadership to educate and promote handgun-free homes and families. By highlighting the public health implications of handgun violence, Cease Fire can educate Americans to view handguns as the inherently unsafe and dangerous products they are, and not appropriate to have in any home. [Emphasis added.]

Oprah Winfrey was part of this “education” campaign, appearing in CeaseFire’s print and broadcast ads and in its fundraising materials. 

CeaseFire pioneered elements of the modern anti-gun publicity playbook, heavily promoting dubious factoids and inflating statistics about firearms’ supposed toll on “children” by including statistics pertaining to 18- and 19-year-old adults (a common age for gang membership). Its ads featured actors such as Winfrey and Paul Newman gravely recounting media stories about gun owners accidentally killing their loved ones. Even gun safes, according to the group’s ads, weren’t to be trusted. Taglines included, “Before you bring a gun in the house, think about it” and “A Home is no place for a handgun.”

The legendary Charlton Heston, who would go on to be one of the NRA’s most iconic presidents, lamented in 1997, “We’ve reached that point in time when our national social policy originates on ‘Oprah.’” 

Indeed, in 2000, Winfrey promoted the so-called Million Mom March (the march) on her popular daytime talk show. The march was actually a Mother’s Day rally of women in support of gun control on the National Mall. Although the actual number of “marchers” who attended the D.C. rally was considerably less than a “million,” the event received a major boost from Winfrey’s free publicity.  The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence – which later merged with the anti-gun organization that formed around the march – recounts that the march’s website crashed from the crush of traffic generated when its online address was published during Winfrey’s show.  Winfrey told her viewers that if they didn’t “do something” to stop “children” from being killed by firearms, they were “part of the problem.”

Insisting that she is “apolitical,” Winfrey nevertheless became a staunch supporter of Barack Obama’s hyper-partisan political career. Wikidpedia states that “Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement of Barack Obama was one of the most widely covered and studied developments of the 2008 presidential campaign.” One paper by two economists from the University of Maryland estimates that Winfrey’s endorsement “was responsible for approximately 1,000,000 additional votes for Obama,” potentially swaying the 2008 Democratic primary in the two-term president’s favor. “Winfrey, for her part, described Obama’s political ascendance as “beyond and above politics” and “something new.”

Obama’s strongly pro-gun control views clearly did not diminish Oprah Winfrey’s support for him.  Rather, she repeatedly used her vast public reach to support Obama’s gun control agenda during his presidency. At Harvard’s commencement in 2013, for example, Winfrey plugged the administration’s #1 gun control initiative, “universal background checks.” In 2016, she indicated support for an “assault weapons” ban (another Obama-backed measure) in the wake of a mass murder in Orlando, Florida. “Are we a country that really believes that assault weapons should be made available to anybody?” she commented. “Are assault weapons necessary? I … just say, ‘enough.’”

Fortunately, unlike most of her other high-profile endeavors, Oprah Winfrey’s gun control activism has been a failure, at least as measured by additional federal gun control laws. But it’s hard to overstate the immense cult of personality that surrounds her, as well as the reflexive adulation she engenders from her fellow elites in entertainment and media. Like Barack Obama – with whom she remains close – a President Oprah Winfrey could count on their unconditional support, as well as their protection against any serious scrutiny or criticism. 

Gun owners know that the last thing America needs is another gun-control absolutist as president. Because while Oprah Winfrey is wrong that handguns do not belong in the home, it’s true that handgun abolitionists do not belong in the White House.

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