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POLITICAL REPORT
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Chris W. Cox, nra-ila Exec. Director

Astroturf: The Anti-Gunners' Playing Field

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un owners have become all too familiar with two unfortunate facts of life in
21st-century America. First, we know the mainstream media is not interested in
reporting the facts when it comes to the Second Amendment. Second, Everytown for
Gun Safety's Michael Bloomberg, and like-minded anti-gunners, will stop at nothing
to destroy our freedoms. This alliance of ignorance and deceit employs distortion and
even outright lies to pursue the ultimate goal of destroying private gun ownership.
The good news is that a few reporters are unwilling to act as the unquestioning
mouthpieces of anti-freedom groups, instead striving to actually report the news
instead of pushing an agenda. One good example is Sharyl Attkisson, a former
reporter for cbs who resigned after being pressured to back off from stories that
could cast the Obama administration in a bad light.
In her blog, Attkisson has described how "astroturfing" has become a favored
tactic among political operatives to advance their objectives. The goal when
astroturfing is to convince decision-makers that some borderline agenda has a
groundswell of support. It presents a distorted reality in which consensus about
some (unestablished) "fact" or "facts" has been reached and a (marginal) belief is
widely shared by the public.
Attkisson names various Bloomberg-created anti-gun offshoots such as
Everytown, Moms Demand Action, etc., as the foremost perpetrators of this deceitful
tactic. In the world they portray, "reasonable" people-moms, mayors, doctors,
lawyers, police chiefs-all agree that guns are bad. Only the nra, and its inexplicable,
sinister influence over lawmakers, stands in the way of what everyone else wants.
"Astroturf 's biggest accomplishment is when it crosses over into semi-trusted
news organizations that unquestioningly cite or copy it," Attkisson notes. Two recent
articles that appeared in prominent publications illustrate her point.
On Jan. 14, 2015, Politico published an essay dismissing defensive gun uses as a
"myth." You'd think with such an outlandish claim, the authors would have some
evidence to support their argument. But you'd be wrong. In fact, they offer no
evidence at all.
Instead, the article rehashes the tired rhetorical buffoonery that was put to bed
20 years ago by Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz, esteemed criminologists and authors of
a groundbreaking study on defensive gun uses in 1995. Kleck responded to this latest
attack by asking for the one thing the authors of the Politico piece could not produce:
evidence that defensive gun uses aren't actually occurring in the United States, a
nation of some 100 million gun owners.

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The authors didn't provide such
evidence because they know guns in
this country are used far more often
each year to save innocent lives than to
take them.
In February, The New York Times
upped the ante by publishing a
melodramatic editorial, "Concealed
Carry's Body Count," based on a "report"
by the Violence Policy Center (vpc).
You would think the editorial board
of the Times would include some
former reporters or people who at
least have some instinctive wariness
of empirical claims made by pure
advocacy groups. vpc is, after all, an
organization whose website features a
self-proclaimed "landmark" publication
calling for bans on handguns and the
ar-15, America's most popular rifle.
Once again, though, you'd be wrong.
The flaws in the vpc report are
obvious, and its intent to mislead
transparent. Of the 722 deaths that vpc
attributes to concealed carry, 213 were
suicides, five resulted from vehicle
accidents, and 18 involved a long gun.
And even if you accept their outrageously
biased methodology, the 289 incidents
detailed by vpc involve approximately
two-thousandths of 1 percent of the
roughly 12 million current holders of
concealed-carry permits nationwide. In
other words, even taking vpc's "report"
at face value would prove nothing so
much as that concealed-carry-permit
holders are among the most law-abiding
demographic in the nation.
Fortunately, you and I see through
the charade. nra members are
freedom-loving Americans who
number in the millions and treasure
liberty as a precious, perishable gift. We
understand that our enemies will use
deceptive tactics to push their agenda.
Yet we also know that together we can
protect the Second Amendment for
generations to come simply by adhering
to our values and telling the truth. We
don't need astroturf. We have the solid
ground of numbers and reality on
which to stand.

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