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By Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director

We Love Our Moms and Trust Our Doctors,
But We Still Don't Want Gun Control

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or the past five decades the organized gun control community has
been trying to sell the American
people an idea they've made clear they
don't want: civilian disarmament. Much
like a company trying to unload a terrible
product, repeated rejection has forced gun
control advocates to perpetually reinvent
their groups and messaging in an attempt
to make their agenda more acceptable.
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Handguns became Handgun Control, Inc.
and later the Brady Campaign to Prevent
Gun Violence, the effort to rebrand the
anti-gun movement continues.
Recently, two new anti-gun groups
have epitomized this rebranding tactic,
this time with gun controllers using
doctors and mothers in an attempt to
persuade the public to abandon logic for
emotion. One is the dubiously named
Doctors for America, headed by U.S.
Surgeon General Nominee Dr. Vivek
Hallegere Murthy. The other is Moms
Demand Action for Gun Sense in America,
led by public relations veteran Shannon

Watts. It doesn't matter to the civilian
disarmament advocates that doctors
and mothers don't have any specialized
knowledge of issues relating to crime, violence or firearms, because they are simply
interested in using these demographics to
repackage their stale and rejected agenda.
Doctors for America was founded by
Murthy in 2008 as Doctors for Obama to
support then-Senator Barack Obama's
presidential campaign. Following the 2008
election the group adopted its current
name and worked to promote a variety of
Obama administration policies, most notably the Affordable Care Act. In 2012, following the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colo.,
and Newtown, Conn., the group turned to
marketing the president's anti-gun agenda
under the public health banner.
It's easy to understand why gun control advocates would jump at the chance
to use doctors to sell their flawed policies.
A 2013 Gallup poll that asked participants
to rate the trustworthiness of several professions rated medical doctors as among
the most honest professions. Anti-gun
political activists are all too eager to
exploit that trust for political gain.
However, while doctors know
medicine, as a group they don't have
any specialized knowledge of firearms
or firearm policy. In fact, Murthy and his
organization have shown a penchant for
ignoring the best information available
when confronted with data that interferes
with the president's goals.
For instance, in a January 14, 2013 letter
to Congress, Doctors for America endorsed
a ban on the sale of certain types of semiautomatic firearms and also endorsed a
"buyback" of popular semi-automatic firearms. However, Obama's own Department
of Justice admitted, "a complete elimination of assault weapons would not have
a large impact on gun homicides." The
same memo also stated, "Gun buybacks
are ineffective as generally implemented."
Similarly, virtually everyone has an

emotional connection to mothers, but
no one can reasonably argue that being
a mother confers an expertise in firearm
policy. However, that hasn't stopped the
gun control marketers from using moms
as a demographic selling point. Anti-gun
activists have long coveted the success
of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and
Moms Demand Action is the latest effort
to replicate that model.
So in 2012, at the outset of the largest
gun control push in more than a decade,
the anti-gun movement reactivated the
moms' strategy. This time it was Shannon
Watts who attempted to capitalize off the
image of motherhood by creating Moms
Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
With a background working in the public
relations offices of several of America's largest companies, it's easy to see how Watts
recognized the potential emotional power
of moms arguing for more gun laws.
While the federal legislation Moms
Demand Action supports has been
roundly defeated, the branding effort
continues, with the focus now shifting to
pressuring private businesses to support
anti-gun policies. In late 2013, Moms
Demand Action merged with Michael
Bloomberg's gun control conglomerate,
giving Bloomberg an appealing new
voice to articulate his agenda.
This continuous rebranding to make
the anti-gun position more palatable
exhibits the fundamental weakness of the
anti-gun agenda: while the spokespersons
change (or change their names), their antifreedom message remains the same. The
NRA, by contrast, is composed of millions
of Americans who make their voices heard
through their votes. As 2014's critical elections approach, candidates need to hear
from you louder than ever if our Second
Amendment freedoms are to survive.
Make your voice heard this November!

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