Champaign, IL (Guns Save Life) – Gun control advocates were on hand to help organize gun control at the grassroots level in Champaign at a town hall meeting of sorts sponsored by the local Illinois Democrat Representative Carol Ammons. Probably close to two thirds of the fifty-five or so present were Guns Save Life members, scattered throughout the room, and probably half of the remaining folks drove down from Chicago to bring Chicago-style gun control ideas to Central Illinois.
Rep. Ammons started off by telling everyone how she supports our right to keep and bear arms, and how her grandfather was a firearms instructor at an Illinois prison. Barack Obama likes to say how he supports our gun rights too.
She said that she didn’t see it as a political issue, but she did lament on how 35,000 people a day were killed by guns. The local legislator commented on how the panel explored both sides of the issue, even though no pro-gun rights panelists were present. They were all but one paid anti-gun activists. Their employers included the Brady Campaign, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Control or the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.
The Executive Director of ICHV Colleen Daley repeated the old “we’re not a gun control organization” line, and claimed they are an “anti-killing” organization and how they don’t see this as a political issue. The most significant thing that ICHV does is encourage school kids to write anti-gun contest entries, “so our kids can have a voice”, as if naive school children are the best, most cogent proponents of ICHV’s flawed anti-gun position.
Interestingly, Miss Daley touted that of a meager 3500 people who have used the voluntary background check for private transfers, 2000 of the sales were denied. Color us skeptical.
The local coordinator for Moms Demand Action Lauren Quinn introduced herself and bragged about Moms Demand Action group’s 3.5 million members. She rattled off a host of “facts” that were dubious at best and from an alternate universe in some cases.
Quinn also touted Everytown’s “gun safety” education for kids. Unlike the NRA’s apolitical “Eddie Eagle” and “Stop! Don’t Touch! Leave the area! Tell an Adult” motto, Bloomberg’s well-paid first-grade internists came up with “Be Smart”… something not even their local leader Lauren Quinn could remember as she stammered through reading what the “SMART” acronym stands for.
They brought up a couple of families who lost family members to violent crime to tug at the heartstrings, and appeal to emotions to promote more restrictions not on violent criminal predators, but on law-abiding Americans.
They avoided describing “criminal” violence as just that, but instead substituting “gun” for “criminal”.
The good guys owned the “Question and Answer” segment, and all in all, the event went well for us. For them? Not so much.