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Washington Post Writer Likens Bloomberg Gun Control Org to Productive Charities

Friday, December 1, 2017

Washington Post Writer Likens Bloomberg Gun Control Org to Productive Charities

It is a small mercy that the Washington Post relegates Petula Dvorak’s column to the paper’s Metro section below the fold, preventing at least some readers from happening upon her insipid thoughts. According to a short biography offered by the Post, Dvorak’s areas of journalistic expertise include “homeless shelters, gun control, high heels, high school choirs, the politics of parenting, jails, abortion clinics, mayors, modern families, strip clubs and gas prices, among other things.” Perhaps Dvorak has some minor knack for hard-hitting reporting on women’s footwear and gentlemen’s clubs, but as her latest commentary shows, her forays into gun control politics lack the most basic competence.

Dvorak’s latest missive concerned the Giving Tuesday campaign, which is supposed to serve as a counterpoint to the consumption-oriented Black Friday and Cyber Monday and encourages charitable giving. Rather than simply highlighting worthy charities, Dvorak sought to pollute the public’s philanthropic impulse with partisan politics.

In a portion of her column titled, “Gun Violence,” Dvorak complained, 

Gun ownership is growing in our violence-drenched nation. On Black Friday, the FBI reported a record 203,086 requests for background checks. That translates into a huge burst of gun sales on that major shopping day, which has become a growing tradition. Eight kids die every day from a gunshot wound in our country.

According to Dvorak, the remedy for the growth in law-abiding gun owners, and the NRA influence, is Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA). The author described MDA as,

a group working toward one goal: children’s safety. Whether it’s stricter gun laws or safety classes for responsible gun owners, this answer to the National Rifle Association is a growing presence that can use your support.

Since April 2014, MDA has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun conglomerate Everytown. In this capacity, MDA supports all manner of gun control regardless of whether a given policy has any conceivable relation to “children’s safety.” To the credit of the Bloomberg front group, its own materials produced in opposition to legislation like the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act and Hearing Protection Act make little attempt concoct such a tenuous link.

Moreover, MDA does not offer “safety classes for responsible gun owners;” NRA does. Through a network of more than 125,000 Certified NRA Instructors, NRA helps to train more than 1 million people in the safe and effective use of firearms each year. 

Since 1988, NRA has also educated children to avoid the potential dangers of firearms through the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program. To date, the program has reached more than 30 million children. According to CDC data, there were 277 unintentional firearm deaths among those ages 0-14 in 1988, in 2015 there were 48.

MDA has denounced this vital safety program as some sort of malicious conspiracy. Even though Eddie Eagle instructs children that come across a firearm to “Stop! Don't touch. Run away. Tell a grown-up,”  MDA Founder Shannon Watts tweeted that the safety program is “a ploy to market guns to kids.” In another fevered tweet, Watts wrote, “Eddie Eagle is the tobacco industry's Joe Camel with feathers.”

Unlike Bloomberg’s gun control apparatus, NRA has a wide-ranging mission that goes well beyond pushing a legislative agenda. From gun safety instruction, to efforts to foster participation in the shooting sports, to programs that promote civic engagement, NRA is doing important work that benefits our members and others across the country. Giving Tuesday might be over, but those with a real interest in promoting the safe use of firearms can always go to http://www.friendsofnra.org/ to give or get involved.

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Another Week, Another Democrat Presidential Contender Out to Round Up America's Guns

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Another Week, Another Democrat Presidential Contender Out to Round Up America's Guns

A smart person learns from his mistakes. An even smarter person learns from the mistakes of others.  Beto O’Rourke, an unemployed Texan running for president, must not be too smart.           

No, Joe, Your Gun Ban Didn’t Work

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

No, Joe, Your Gun Ban Didn’t Work

Joe Biden has been out on the primary campaign trail working hard. Maybe a little too hard. “We got to let them know who we are,” he recently told a crowd of supporters at the Iowa State ...

Amnesty International’s Desperate Measure

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Amnesty International’s Desperate Measure

There are some odd dynamics in international relations. Countries in which people are not free serve on the UN Human Rights Council. Political considerations guide every action.  Of course, the NRA is a single-issue organization so ...

NRA Member Berated for Carrying Firearm

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Friday, August 2, 2019

NRA Member Berated for Carrying Firearm

NRA member Darrell Kennedy was on vacation with his family at Yellowstone National Park earlier this month when an anti-gun vacationer snapped a photo of his holstered firearm and tweeted out a hate message. “Sat ...

Sparking Dialogue or Sparking Joy: Competing Views on Gun “Buyback” Initiatives

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sparking Dialogue or Sparking Joy: Competing Views on Gun “Buyback” Initiatives

The Christian Science Monitor describes itself as “an independent international news organization” that wants to “help you to see news events as starting points for constructive conversations.” Its editorial board recently published an article, A seed for society’s ...

Bill Clinton Touts Failed Gun Ban With Bogus Info

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Bill Clinton Touts Failed Gun Ban With Bogus Info

Bill and Hillary Clinton just don’t draw like they used to. Shunned by much of his own party, (described by one Vanity Fair commentator as “2020’s bubonic plague”) the former president has been relegated to providing lazy ...

Governor Abbott Signs Ten Pro-Second Amendment Bills into Law

Monday, June 17, 2019

Governor Abbott Signs Ten Pro-Second Amendment Bills into Law

Governor Greg Abbott has now signed all of the NRA-supported legislation which the Texas Legislature sent him during the 2019 session.

California: Appropriations Committees Send Bills to the Suspense File

Thursday, August 15, 2019

California: Appropriations Committees Send Bills to the Suspense File

On Monday, August 12, the Senate Appropriations Committee sent AB 1254 to the suspense file and rescheduled AB 1669 to be heard next Monday, August 19. On Wednesday, August 14, the Assembly Appropriations Committee sent SB 172 ...

Tell Your U.S. Senators and Representative to Oppose Gun Control

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tell Your U.S. Senators and Representative to Oppose Gun Control

In the wake of the recent two criminal mass attacks, a number of gun control proposals have begun to circulate in our nation’s capital. None of these proposals would have prevented the recent tragedies, but they all ...

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