Bloomberg's Anti-Gun "Grassroots Movement" Explained?

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  1. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member


    Bloomberg's Anti-Gun "Grassroots Movement" Explained?
    7:00am Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    Does Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety really have “two million members?” Is Moms Demand Action really “a powerful grassroots network of moms?” Or are these just front groups that consist of a handful of Bloomberg hirelings, pretending to represent more people than they do, to trick Americans into submitting to their fanatically-obsessed employer’s will?

    Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson may have the answer. In Top 10 Astroturfers, Attkisson explains the phenomenon in which small groups of individuals pretend to be popular grassroots movements, in order to convince other people to join the fake crowd supporting or opposing a particular agenda. The article follows a very informative speechon the same subject, given by Attkisson at the University of Nevada recently.

    Attkisson explains, “Astroturf is when political, corporate or other special interests disguise themselves and publish blogs, start Facebook or Twitter accounts, publish ads and letters to the editor, or simply post comments online to try to fool you into thinking an independent or grassroots movement is speaking. The whole point of astroturf is to try to give the impression that there’s widespread support for or against an agenda when there’s not. Astroturf seeks to manipulate you into changing your opinion, by making you feel as if you’re an outlier when you’re not.”

    That sounds like a description of President Obama’s attempt to promote gun control during his 2013 State of the Union address, and Bloomberg’s subsequent claim that 90 percent of Americans support mandatory background checks on private transfers of firearms.

    Obama claimed, “Overwhelming majorities of Americans, Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment, have come together around commonsense reform like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets.”

    In reality, however, the Senate rejected all of those schemes and the House of Representatives refused to bring them to the floor for a vote. In Washington, which is more receptive to gun control than many states, Bloomberg spent millions in support of a background check initiative and got only 59 percent of the vote.

    The good news is that some people, at least, apparently can recognize astroturfing when they see it. Attkisson’s informal survey of social media users put Bloomberg’s anti-gun front groups at the top of a list of astroturfers, followed not far behind by several other anti-gun entities, namely Media Matters, Mother Jones,, Daily Kos, and the Huffington Post.

    Between them, those outfits might have enough anti-gunners to field a team for a game of sandlot baseball. But in the age of the Internet, they are able to pose as speaking to, or on behalf of, millions of Americans. Until their deceit is understood by all Americans, they pose a significant threat in the public debate over rights versus restrictions, freedom versus fear.

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  2. Bamaboy

    Bamaboy Member

    Que RANT is 3....2.....1.....
    These groups and their deep pocket backers always telling us how to live and whats good for us but these same folks don't believe they need to follow these rules as they are above us or better than us.
    Its class mentality on display in a nation that became powerful and a world leader becuase we did away with the closed class system and let anyone who wanted to get ahead and become wealthy or better educated.
    In short Soda and Gun Nanny Bloomberg and all his lefty friends will have their guns no matter the law or whatever stupid claims they try to shove on you.

    Just ask Rosie she HATES people having guns but was fine sending her kids to a gun free school zone with an armed guard or Obama who has armed security 24/7 yet doesn't think you should be safe .

    When its ok for your 15 year old daughter to have three abortions already and no be ok for you to teach her firearm safety the rules and the laws just aren't worth following or having anymore.

  3. Hermitt

    Hermitt Hey! Get Off My Lawn! Member

    Smoke and Mirrors. The Illusionist's favorite trick. :p
  4. Think1st

    Think1st Supporting Member

    Speaking of Washington, another NRA article that I read somewhere else said that Bloomberg 's astroturf groups are targeting states that use ballot referenda to pass laws, and that is apparently how Washington works. With their astroturf operations, they can manipulate enough voters to support a ballot initiative, like universal background checks, in order to herd poorly informed voters in the right direction just like a bunch of cattle.

    That is how they affected Washington. For those of you living in states that use ballot-based referendum systems for laws, be very wary because this is the technique that will likely come your way.