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Not sure I’m buying it

Former Brady Campaign to Remain Relevant head Dan Gross defends gun owners at a 2A rally.

8 Responses to “Not sure I’m buying it”

  1. Ravenwood Says:

    Not sure what is in his mind, but maybe he really was naive enough to believe the organization was about preventing gun violence instead of gun ownership (their real mission).

  2. Miguel Gonzalez Says:

    I am not buying it either

  3. rickn8or Says:

    I somehow doubt he’s had a “Road to Damascus” moment.

  4. HSR47 Says:

    I’m not opposed to buying it — Charlton Heston’s first foray in to national politics was as part of the campaign to enact the Gun Control Act of 1968.

    30 years later, he was the president of the NRA.

    There’s also the possibility that he has his own selfish reasons for this–Revenge. Remember that Bloomberg basically pulled the rug out from under Gross/Brady when he chose to ordain Shannon Watts as his preferred mouthpiece back around 2012/2013. Additionally, he was pushed out of Brady back in 2017. If he feels that he was treated shabbily on his exit, he might be motivated to try burn down the gun control movement out of pure spite.

    It’s also possible that he’s attempting to worm his way into a reform movement as a way to try to position himself to help sabotage an organization his former employer opposed.

    TLDR: It’s not impossible that he’s switched sides, but we should definitely keep our eyes on him.

  5. HSR47 Says:

    Having now watched the video clip in the linked article, my doubts are largely gone–I don’t think he showed up because he’s on our side per-se, I think he showed up because he is pissed off with Bloomberg.

    In 1998, after his brother was shot, Gross co-founded PAX (later renamed “The Center to Prevent Youth Violence”) that, according to a cursory read through it’s Wiki page, appears to have been genuinely focused on reducing the incidence of tragedies like he experienced.

    If you listen to the things he has said in various venues over the years, he seems very clear on that last point.

    His big point at the rally over the weekend was basically that the gun ban faction has co-opted the true safety movement–in short, that for Bloomberg and his stooges, “safety” is nothing more than a tool to justify sweeping gun bans.

    As a result, he seems to understand that this focus on demonizing gun owners and on banning all guns prevents any possibility for any potential middle ground on our issue.

    TLDR: It looks like he wasn’t there because he’s on our side–it looks like he was there to try to make a principled argument that he believes that he disagrees more with Bloomberg than he does with us.

    With that being said, I think that makes him an important person to court–If we can more fully convert him to our side, he could potentially be a powerful ally.

    It also makes him very dangerous, since it makes it possible for him to position himself as the “reasonable middle ground” between the “extremes” of the NRA and “Everytown” at opposite sides of the Overton Window.

  6. Dave Says:

    No. Just no. Didn’t this character call us NRA people terrorists a few years ago? As far as his current motives and beliefs, I’d be thoroughly skeptical.
    Trying to take advantage of numbskulls like Beto to look moderate while pushing for slightly less draconian legislation would be a logical line of attack on their part.

  7. Patrick Henry, the 2nd Says:

    @HSR47 exactly! We should absolutely be happy he is converting to our side. Who cares if its not 100% yet. We’ll get there!

    If we shoot him down, we make it that much harder to convert others.

  8. Dave Says:

    I wouldn’t shoot him down. If he has moderated his views, that’d be good. Until that’s been made abundantly clear through repeated actions, I would take anything he said with a grain of salt.