Mom-at-Arms exists for a few reasons, one of which is exposing and debunking the propaganda tactics of anti-gun groups. Today we will show you how they work and provide a brief historical context.
While doing my daily google search of “Everytown For Gun Safety”, this article in Parents magazine popped up:
Should go without saying by the article source that the main target of this publication is parents of young children, with the focus audience being “busy” mothers. Think of it as “quick news and articles for moms on the go”. This is where the propaganda begins to show, so let’s get into the article bullet points on how Biden’s EO’s will “save the children and families”:
Safer Schools and Communities
Guns and Suicide
Ghost Guns and Illegal Activity
If you want to get deeper into each bullet point, read the source article. The bullet points are designed, according to the Parents magazine publisher, with the purpose of “connecting with readers on an emotional level”, because we all know emotions are powerful and many people act soley on them. Of course we all want safe communities and schools, of course we all want to prevent suicide, and of course we all want to stop illegal activity in which guns are used (murder, armed robberies, weapons trafficking to gangs and such). But let‘s look into the author of the article who’s selling Biden’s EO’s to parents (specifically mothers-on-the-go):
Emily Tisch Sussman has been at the forefront of executing strategy for the progressive movement in America for more than a decade. She is a leading democratic political strategist with over 250 appearances on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, HLN, and CBS, and nearly 150 in the past year. Her views are also frequently featured in national news outlets including The New York Times, Newsweek, Reuters, and Politico.
Emily is the host of the popular politics podcast Your Political Playlist, which features all women guests, and is a definitive guide to the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. 2021 guests have included White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jen O’Malley Dillon, Biden’s Council on Economic Advisers member Heather Boushey and Acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel. Previous season guests included Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and Stacey Abrams. The show has received several features on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher and was named one of Refinery29’s Best New Podcasts for 2020.
I think that speaks for itself in terms of the author’s agenda and why she’s pushing Biden’s gun control on the readers while exaggerating what they’re about and what they’ll do. The thing is, though, gun control groups and their allies have been using tactics like this for decades. All one has to do is look at the JFK Presidential Library for an early example, which was the push for the 1968 Gun Control Act. A New York based gun control group was coordinating with the media and JFK advisor Ted Sorensen to get support for the 1968 GCA and target a specific demographic: women.
Does that section of the article from 53 years ago sound familiar? They’re using exaggerations aimed to trigger an emotional response to target a specific demographic, which is stated in the article’s title. Much like the article in Parents that was published by a democratic operative, these opportunists are using tragedies and fear to push their agenda, which is partisan, by twisting narratives and stating that if you support and advocate for these changes that all of these problems will go away. Not only is it sick, it shows you that they are truly propagandists that view women as easily manipulated (and it’s nothing new). After all, if the 1968 GCA was supposed to fix everything, why hasn’t it? What’s the definition of insanity again?
The Parents magazine article closed with the following:
To learn more and prevent gun violence in your community, check out organizations like Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, March for Our Lives, or Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Yep, no agenda at all. Surely the article isn’t a propaganda piece meant to tug at the emotions of “busy moms” and get them to join gun control groups....