I noticed this Mother Jones story yesterday:
A Mother Jones investigation has found that McFate and Sapone are, in fact, the same person. And this discovery has caused the leaders of gun violence prevention organizations to conclude that for years they have been penetrated—at the highest levels—by the NRA or other pro-gun parties.
The first thing that struck me was the breathless tone of the report:
McFate’s (now former) colleagues note that she was well-positioned for many years to provide the NRA—or any other gun rights groups—the plans, secrets, and inside gossip of practically the entire gun violence prevention movement.Shocked to learn that McFate was a spy, gun control advocates have pondered the obvious questions: … To whom in the gun lobby did she report? The NRA? The firearms manufacturing industry? Did her covert effort extend beyond mere intelligence gathering? Did she manage to shape the decisions and actions of anti-gun groups to the gun lobby’s liking? And was she the only one?
Who, exactly, so these people think they are? The frakking NSA? They make this sound like it’s some sort of national security matter.
Why would they think they need secrecy? I have no doubt that they’ve “penetrated” the NRA and other gun rights organizations. It wouldn’t be hard. Got $35? You can become an NRA member and attend board meetings. Heck, you don’t even have to be a member to attend most functions. The “evil gun lobby” tends to be very vocal and open about our plans and purposes and always have been.
We don’t hold public meetings and then get upset when a part of the public that attends doesn’t agree with us. We don’t hold public demonstrations and then cry because more people who oppose our message show up than support it. We don’t cancel publicly advertised meetings held in public buildings just because our opponents show up to see what’s going on.
We don’t have to scurry away from the light like cockroaches.
Today, the editorials and blog posts are coming hot and heavy decrying the NRA’s “underhanded tactics” and “dishonesty”
To the Brady Campaign, VPC et al: You established the ground rules for this game. You’ve changed the names of your organizations to mislead the public about your policy goals, you’ve obfuscated and misled about your membership numbers, lied about the historical record, misstated statistics (or invented them out of thin air), created false-flag organizations to mislead gun owners or the uninformed, Ginned up catchphrases and terms specifically designed to mislead, etc. etc. etc.
You are liars. You are frauds. You are afraid for the public to become privy of the goings on at “the highest levels” of your organization because then the public might realize that everything you do is based upon misleading the public and scheming about how to word things just so or use just the right sound bites or how you can mask your true agenda the most effectively.
Heck, to be honest, I didn’t think the NRA had it in them. Good on ’em.
It sucks to be beat at your own game doesn’t it?