From Merriam – Webster: de·cep·tion
noun \di-ˈsep-shən\ : the act of making someone believe something that is not true : the act of deceiving someone : an act or statement intended to make people believe something that is not true
The old saying about “you can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time” certainly holds true when we’re looking at the operations and methods of the many groups working to erode our basic freedoms.
The mom’s, mayors and “anti gun violence” groups all run on an engine fueled by deceit, it’s at the core of their corporate being, and I do mean “corporate”, especially with the mom’s.
In the days following the horrible murders in Newtown CT, anti freedom legislation and groups came out of the woodwork. The groups suddenly advocating for the disarmament of law abiding Americans masqueraded as a group of concerned mothers, but were they?
Who is this concerned mothers group anyways? Let’s take a look at a few facts posted by blogger Miguel G on his blog “Gun Free Zone”.
“Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is the new astroturf “grassroots” gun control movement out there. Yes, one tends to be a tad cynical about these things because of what we have seen in the past.
So where does MDAGSA (MDA for short) comes from. According to their own website, their initial name was “One Million Moms for Gun Control” and “formed within 24 hours of the Connecticut elementary school shooting” by Shannon Watts. So who is this person? According to the Huffington Post:
Shannon Watts is a 42-year-old mother of five children (two step-daughters, 23 and 19; two daughters, 17 and 16; and a 12-year-old son). For the past five years, Ms. Watts has been a stay-at-home mom in Zionsville, a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to that, she had a 15-year career as a communications executive for both public relations agencies and Fortune 500 corporations.”
But that’s not exactly the truth either, if one were to look at her linked in profile we would see a much different story:
VoxPop Public Relations
December 2008 – June 2012 – VoxPop Public Relations is a strategic public relations agency that helps individuals, companies and organizations accelerate their growth, profitability, reputation and market presence through media relations, product launches, new media, events and promotions, messaging and media training, and issues management.
To make things more interesting, she changed her name from Shannon Troughton to Shannon Watts. Troughton’s Linkedin information adds a few more pieces to the deception puzzle:
Vice President, Corporate Communications
WellPoint December 2005 – December 2008 (3 years 1 month)
Led communications team for the country’s largest health benefits company and provided communications support for the country’s highest ranking female chief executive officer. Responsible for enterprise-wide media relations, including investor relations.
Isn’t it interesting that Shannon, who markets herself as just a “stay at home” mom, is in reality a public relations professional? It’s almost like she was handpicked to run this organization and waiting in the wings for the right moment.
Miguel continues on his blog:
“Another fast Google-Fu search gives us an article of sudden insurance claim denied by BlueCross to a 13-year-old boy with heavy brain damage. The spoke-person for the parent company of BlueCross (Wellpoint) is Shannon Troughton. There are over 6,000 Google results for the words Shannon Troughton WellPoint.
Shannon Troughton/ Shannon Watts was also the Director, Global Communications
GE Healthcare from 2004 – 2006. GE Healthcare is the $14 billion healthcare (medical diagnostics and devices) business within General Electric, again not your local bake sale to raise funds for the school band.
This one is gonna give the hives to many a Hippie out there. For three years Shannon Troughton/ Shannon Watts was the Director of Global Public and Corporate Affairs for none other than Monsanto. She did her bit defending genetically engineered crops, fought labeling of genetically engineered products and defended the company’s lawsuits against farmers.
OpenSecrets.org shows that Shannon Watts donated to the Democratic Congressional Committee, Barack Obama (7 times) and Rob Zerban who went against Paul Ryan in the 2012 the 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin. Yes, had to look the guy up.
So, the initial and very amateurish research tells us that Shannon Troughton/ Shannon Watts is far from the image of a traditional mom who was baking cookies the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre and she was so horrified by the actions of Adam Lanza that she ripped off her apron and launched herself on to the streets demanding tougher gun control laws. If anything we have here a very experienced Public Relations operative with 20 years worth of experience in manipulating the message.”
The deception runs deep. In addition to these facts we have their methods and communications which are for the most part a gross distortion of the truth. They are master manipulators, using cherry picked statistics and comparisons which they spoon feed to an unquestioning media machine.
Another old adage and favorite trick of practitioners of deceit is a simple one, so simple that people don’t recognize it for what it is. The trick is telling the same lie, over and over and over until people accept it as the truth. Their favorite, “gun violence” “gun violence” “gun violence” “gun violence” “gun violence” has become so accepted that even pro Second Amendment groups have fallen into the trap of using it. Our legislature uses it all the time, Public Safety Committee Chairman Hank Naughton has been touring the state for over a year on his “gun violence” listening tour, has anyone questioned the name of that?
The term is used in nearly every media story regarding firearms, violent crime, murder and the combination of the three. The term is accepted and the picture is painted, guns are violent, guns are bad, guns kill people. The deception is complete.
Another favorite of the lie and deceit crowd is the distortion of statistics to tell their “truth”. By far their favorite is how they count Americans who have died because of “gun violence” (there’s that term again) a fantastic example of this is right here in Massachusetts, the infamous billboard along the Mass Pike very near to Fenway Park. The billboard, owned by John Rosenthal, head of “Stop Handgun Violence” (there it is again) not only counts dead Americans, it/they also like to count dead children. Pretty ghoulish aren’t they?
Does anyone question this in the media? Has anyone ever seen an expose by one of the “news team investigates” shows in which they look for the truth about things? Of course not and there’s your answer…
The truth about the lie is simple, they count suicides committed with firearms as “gun violence”. They also count justifiable homicides as “gun violence”. In case you don’t know, a justifiable homicide is simply an act of self defense, in which an armed person used their firearm to protect their life, or the life of another from a violent criminal. The bulk of these justifiable homicides involve law enforcement officers protecting Americans from violent criminals. The mayors have even gone so far as to count Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers as a victim of gun violence, reading his name aloud at one of their events.
The mom’s and mayors continually broadcast the 30K Americans killed by guns lie, they break it down to per day, per hour, etc… with the intention of shocking people into believing there is an epidemic of “gun violence” (there it is again). A real look at the numbers paints a completely different story. The actual number of murders by firearm in the United States is just over 7K, less than ¼ of the number used over and over by the mom’s and mayors. Keep in mind, we are a country of 300 million, the causation of the bulk of these murders is information best left for another story, for now let’s just say that the bulk of it is fueled by illegal drugs and a complete breakdown of “community” within densely populated areas.
The Mayors are the puppet masters of the demand a plan groups, pulling the strings of deceit time and again. Even their name is a lie, “illegal gun”, a firearm can’t be illegal on its own any more than a coffee cup could, yet they parade on without being questioned.
One of their favorite methods is the use of inflammatory terms to illicit a fear response. Among them are “assault weapon”, “high capacity magazine”, and probably the most ridiculous, “street sweeper” firearms. The carefully crafted terminology is once again swallowed whole and regurgitated by a cooperative media and the craft of fear mongering continues for if you objectify an object as being evil, and repeat the mantra again and again, people start believing it.
In addition to those, the mayors also like to combine data manipulation with inflammatory terminology, from that they have gleaned some gems which include:
“The gunshow loophole”, this is one of the mayor’s personal favorites and something that he has obsessed over for years, to the point that he had NYC Police Department Detectives go to Virginia to purchase firearms (illegally) at a gun show. For the record, no charges were ever pursued against the mayor or any of the detectives who broke numerous federal laws. The term is a complete fabrication in which they fear monger and try to paint a picture of hordes of violent drug dealing criminals and terrorists lining up to purchase the latest in high tech firearms at these shows.
This of course couldn’t be further from the truth, there is no loophole, state and federal laws are followed and most gun shows are attended by the ATF, but that doesn’t stop them from using the term over and over.
Another recent favorite was the 40% myth; this one got repeated often enough that it made it all the way to the White House, even President Obama got in on the action. The fabrication entailed a statistic stating that 40% of firearms purchased are purchased without a background check. The National Review covered this lie, this is what they found:
“the true number of guns “sold” without check is closer to 10 percent. More important, the number comes from a 251-person survey on gun sales two decades ago, early in the Clinton administration. More than three-quarters of the survey covered sales before the Brady Act instituted mandatory federal background checks on February 28, 1994. In addition, guns are not sold in the same way today that they were sold two decades ago.”
“the high (40%) figure comes primarily from including such transactions as inheritances or gifts from family members. Putting aside these various biases, if you look at guns that were bought, traded, borrowed, rented, issued as a requirement of the job, or won through raffles, 85 percent went through FFLs; just 15 percent were transferred without a background check.
If you include these transfers either through FFLs or from family members, the remaining transfers fall to 11.5 percent.”
Without doubt the 40% myth was quite a lie, another favorite is the “gun trace data” lie in which they insinuate that firearms used in crime are illegally purchased and carried across state lines to be used in crimes (and then recovered and traced back).
Once again, they take numbers and fabricate a tale to fear monger. The number being the amount of firearms “traced” by the ATF, the “trace” doesn’t mean anything other than that, the ATF wanted to know the origin of the firearm, the bulk of which weren’t actually used in a crime. That doesn’t stop the mayors though. They call guns that have been traced “crime guns” (objectification again) and look for guns that crossed state lines, then claim that those were illegally carried across state lines to be used in crime. They have no proof that the guns were illegally brought from one state to another and don’t care, they take the lie and run with it, repeat it, and repeat it.
One of many freedoms that we the people have is freedom of speech; this enables us to speak out against propaganda artists like the mom’s, mayors and those that perpetuate their lies. Should our freedom of speech ever be restricted we would truly be in trouble, for we are reliant upon the truth to shed light upon the many mistruths told by those who lie and distort as part of an effort to restrict our freedom. Sunlight is indeed the best disinfectant.
This originally appeared as an editorial in GOAL News.