We've said it before and recent events warrant saying it again: the (gun) controllers* had better get their act together because this seeming gaffe-a-day from their camp is killing them in the PR battle with the gun rights crowd.
Let's take a look at some examples:
Nanny Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, is spending a whopping $12 million of his own money on a anti-gun campaign that isn't actually shilling for any particular (gun) control legislation. Here's one of his sponsored ads "Responsible":
Pro-tip: When advocating for stricter gun control, it's always important to make sure the actor you hired who owns his own flannel shirt, rifle and southern drawl has his gun pointed in some indiscriminate direction where there may or may not be people and has his index finger on the trigger of the gun.
Next up, here's Jim Carrey's (gun) control video from Funny or Die and which he teased in a tweet the day before it came out:
'Cold Dead Hand' is abt u heartless motherf%ckers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids.Sorry if you're offended…
Full disclosure: We've never been Jim Carrey fans. His brand of physical humor had the shelf life of his last episode of "In Living Color". "Ace Ventura" had its moments but the rest of his cinematic endeavors did not impress. Sorry.
It's just not funny. For his expletive-laden tease, we expected something a little more edgy. Something a bit more provocative. And this is what we waited around for? Another lecture from an un-funny Hollywood liberal hack?
Lastly, you'll never guess who is a sponsor of Rev. Al Sharpton's MSNBC show? We'll let NewsBusters take it away:
Don't tell us that Al Sharpton and MSNBC are hypocrites? Noooo!! The Reverend Al opened his show by praising President Obama's efforts to promote tougher gun control laws. But 28 minutes into the show, a commercial appeared for, of all things . . . Henry Repeating Rifles.
Go to Henry Rifle's website and you'll find one rifle described as "big, brutal and beautiful" and noting that it fires ammunition "said to have killed more game, big and small, and more men, good and bad, than any other in existence." Another model offered for sale, the AR-7, is based on a military rifle, Henry emphasizing that given its lightweight design "you can carry a large quantity of ammunition." Oh the horror!
You can view the video at NewsBusters, here.
We think our admonition of our (gun) control friends and their continued gaffe-tasticness is causal from the following: the degree by which you push for stricter gun control is inversely proportional to how much you know about guns and gun laws.
But don't listen to us, guys - we're enjoying our schadenfreude-fueled sugar rush.
* As you might imagine from the parenthetical, we're of the firm belief that the (gun) control crowd, while perhaps claiming to be all about public safety and not infringing on U.S. citizens' 2nd amendment rights, betray themselves with overreaching and overbearing tactics and poorly thought-out legislation that suggests "freedom" and "liberty" are fine, fine concepts but not to be entrusted to the unwashed masses.