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We’re so used to creating astroturf, we expect it from our opponents

Regarding the post below about bigotry and The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership, it occurred to me that one of the problems for them is that they don’t know who they’re having an argument with. Says their blogger who may or may not be Petey, Paul, Dennis or some unpaid intern:

In fact, the notion of “bigotry” is perhaps the pillar upon which the National Rifle Association itself has built its whole bogus empire.  That is: “Aren’t you mad at those coastal elites who look down their noses at you and your ‘way of life’?  You should be mad as hell.  GET MAD AS HELL AT THOSE ELITES!  Donate to us today.”

That’s basically the NRA’s pitch in a nutshell.

You’ll notice their first link goes to Ammoland, who appear to have taken some liberties with this article that appears at NRA-ILA’s page that I linked up earlier.

Headline at NRA page: Maybe Brady Campaign Should Switch To Decaf

Headline and sub-head at Ammoland: Maybe the Social Bigots of the Brady Campaign Should Switch To Decaf
Social bigotry against gun owners is just as insidious as bigotry against any other group. –

The Brady Camp then tries to say that that’s the NRA’s pitch, which it’s not, by linking to an ammoland post. The original bigot assertion was by bloggers doing grassroots activism. Not NRA. Grassroots activism (like membership) being something the Brady Camp does not have. So, of course they presume that all other grassroots activism is tied to an organization or astroturf. It’s how they do it.

The Brady Campaign thinks it’s fighting the NRA when it’s really reduced to fighting a bunch of guys in their pajamas.

Update: To be clear, I’m saying that Brady is using ammoland to tie NRA to the blogger meme.

7 Responses to “We’re so used to creating astroturf, we expect it from our opponents”

  1. Bitter Says:

    I don’t think that Ammoland can be considered “bloggers doing grassroots activism” since it’s a for-profit company out of New Jersey.

  2. SayUncle Says:

    I should have been clear. Not that ammoland is doing activism but that bloggers are and Brady is tying NRA to the meme via an ammoland post.

  3. Spook45 Says:


  4. Joe Huffman Says:

    Pajamas? I don’t even own pajamas.

    In the early morning while blogging I sometimes wear a robe. Other times I’m in the buff. In the evenings it’s blue jeans and t-shirt.

    Yeah, I know. Too much information.

  5. Patrick Says:

    You’ve earned QotD.

    The Brady Campaign thinks it’s fighting the NRA when it’s really reduced to fighting a bunch of guys in their pajamas.

    I damn near spit up my coffee.

  6. Fredy (AmmoLand Editor) Says:

    Just to be clear.

    We did change the press release title from the NRA as we do with many posts we receive. You will also see our comments in quotes below the title as SayUncle correctly points out.

    But the article is just as the NRA provided it.

    Our best explanation is:
    *the Brady Campaign is just clueless as to how the internet in works
    *could not be bothered to research the original post *did not want to link directly to the NRA
    *or just did not want to address the real subject of the article which was the fall of the Brady campaign and the rise of MAIG in its place.

    Whatever the case they are still bigots promoting discrimination against people’s civil rights to keep and bear arms.

    FYI: I hear NJ is trying to pass a law against blogging in your pajamas as another way of controlling guns

  7. franxredhot Says:

    The thing I noticed most about their site-other than the ant-gun rhetoric-is that there is no easy way to comment on their posts.Correct me if I’m wrong.

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