Brady Campaign's "Gun Control
for Dummies" is Missing a Word



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By Kurt Hofmann, October 15th, 2014
JPFO writer contributor, © 2014.

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Gun Control for Dummies

The title of the Brady Campaign's "Gun Control for Dummies" video could use an additional word. But only a short one. A far more accurate and appropriate title would be "Gun Control is for Dummies." The silly cartoon features a "bad guy" who goes to a gun shop to buy a gun, and is rebuffed because his criminal record renders him a "prohibited person" with regard to gun purchases. He then goes online, finds someone willing to sell him a gun without a background check, and runs wild, perpetrating cartoon mayhem.

Much of the video focuses on the claim that "forty percent of gun sales happen just like this [without a background check]." Right away, the Brady Campaign is counting on an audience of dummies. They need an audience incapable of discovering that the "forty percent" claim is so hyper-inflated that even the reliably, rabidly anti-gun, pro-Obama Washington Post "awarded" the president "three Pinocchios" for the clearly fraudulent claim.

And that claim is by no means limited to the Brady Bunch and Obama. It has indeed come to be seen as Holy Writ among "gun control" advocates, nearly universally. Add to the list Michael Bloomberg and his "Mayors Against Illegal Guns," United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the White House "plan to protect our children and our communities by reducing gun violence," and uncounted others.

In fact, "gun control" advocates so depend on the gullibility of their target audience that they pin their hopes on people who learn about current events, and form opinions on important issues, based not on the reality of what is actually happening, but on fictional TV shows. As JPFO contributor David Codrea reported in an article about the ABC show "Scandal," specifically the episode in which, after a school shooting obviously modeled on the Sandy Hook atrocity, the President delivered an impassioned speech comparing the right to keep and bear arms to slavery (more about that episode can be found here):

"Our experience has shown that the public gets just as much, if not more, information about current events and important issues from their favorite television shows and characters as they do from the news media and online resources," Martin Kaplan of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center's Hollywood Health & Society program told Deadline Hollywood.

Harvey Weinstein

Likewise, movie producer, gun prohibitionist, and Obama supporter Harvey Weinstein, who has made many millions of dollars with some of the most blood-soaked movies to hit the big screen, promised back in January to make a movie with Meryl Streep that would make NRA members "wish they weren't alive." Oddly, the gun rights advocates do not appear to be too worried, and any more information about this upcoming film has been devilishly difficult to find of late.

Dave Workman

In August 2013, Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman exposed a "gun control playbook," written by anti-gun Democrats, actually advising advocates to avoid getting bogged down in boring (and inconvenient, to the "gun control" side) facts and logic, and play instead on uninformed emotion.

If "gun control" did not propose to make us safer by hindering our ability to defend ourselves, while simultaneously counting on laws to regulate the behavior of the lawless, it might have more appeal among intelligent people. But that is precisely what it proposes, and intelligent people aren't buying it.

A former paratrooper, Kurt Hofmann was paralyzed in a car accident in 2002. The helplessness inherent to confinement to a wheelchair prompted him to explore armed self-defense, only to discover that Illinois denies that right, inspiring him to become active in gun rights advocacy. He also writes the St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner column. Kurt Hofmann Archive.

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