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Why Are They Trying So Hard To Demonize Gun Owners?

The sculpture of the Knotted Gun at the V & A Waterfront, Cape Town - Photo by Kirsten WilkensThere is an all-out effort to demonize gun owners in the United States today.  Those that own guns are repeatedly portrayed as being uneducated, mentally deficient racists in the mainstream media.  No evidence is ever produced to actually back up those claims.  Gun owners regularly make lists of “potential terrorists” in official government documents, and many government officials openly regard them as ultra-paranoid “conspiracy nuts” that are a serious threat to national security.  Of course the truth is that gun owners are actually among the most law-abiding and patriotic people in the entire nation, but that doesn’t really fit with the radical gun control agenda of the progressive elite.  In order to move their agenda forward, they must make gun owners look bad, and they will go to ridiculous extremes in order to achieve that goal.  And to a certain extent, it is working.  As you will see below, some large financial companies no longer want to conduct business with gun owners, and just the sight of a gun is enough to get people freaking out and calling the police in many communities in America today.

Never underestimate the power of propaganda.  Just think about it – pretty much the only time that advocates for gun owner organizations are invited to appear on the mainstream media is when the big news organizations think that they can make them look bad.  Other than a few token appearances by pro-gun advocates, most of the time it is a relentless flood of anti-gun messages on the mainstream news.

And often the anti-gun messages that Americans are being fed are absolutely absurd.  In fact, they would be absolutely hilarious if so many people were not taking them so seriously.

For example, Michael Moore actually believes that the reason why so many “white people” want to own guns is because they are “afraid of black people”…

“It’s because too many white people are afraid of black people. Period. The vast majority of the guns in the U.S. are sold to white people who live in the suburbs or the country. When we fantasize about being mugged or home invaded, what’s the image of the perpetrator in our heads? Is it the freckled-face kid from down the street – or is it someone who is, if not black, at least poor?”

And Chris Matthews is apparently convinced that most gun owners are virulent racists that hate Barack Obama just because he has dark skin…

I have to tell you this. I see a far bigger fight than over background checks and gun shows. It’s culture war. They don’t accept an African-American president or president of color who has some antecedence in Africa. No. It has to be us or him. And our guns or him. And everything is totemic; everything is iconic; everything’s fighting words.

It is easy to laugh at such bizarre comments, but millions of people actually take these jokers seriously, and they are having an impact.

Just recently, the owner of one of the largest gun stores in America, Hyatt Gun Shop, was informed by his credit card processor (Authorize.net) that he had violated their service agreement and they no longer wanted his business.

So what did Hyatt Gun Shop do wrong?

Well, they sold guns.

Yes, I know that this sounds crazy, but this is actually happening.  The following is the text of the actual email that Larry Hyatt received

Dear Hyatt Gun Shop Inc,

Authorize.Net LLC (“Authorize.Net”) has determined that the nature of your business constitutes a violation of Section 2.xiv of the Authorize.Net Acceptable Use Guidelines and Sections 3.3 and 11.3 of the Authorize.Net Service Agreement (the “Agreement”).

These sections include, but are not limited to, the sale of firearms or any similar product.

Accordingly, pursuant to Section 4 of the Acceptable Use Guidelines, your ability to access and use the Authorize.Net Services will be terminated on September 30, 2013.

And in case you are tempted to think that this is not a big deal, it should also be noted that Authorize.net is a fully-owned subsidiary of Visa USA.

Are big financial companies such as Visa going to start simply refusing to do business with anyone that sells guns?

If you believe that this could never happen, just check out what the owner of American Spirit Arms said about his dealings with Bank of America on Facebook

My name is Joe Sirochman owner of American Spirit Arms and I wanted to share my recent experience with Bank of America (which we have been doing business with for over 10 years)…. Everyone is familiar with the latest increase in guns sales, dealers selling out of inventory, Manufacturers back logged for months, large revenue all generated in the last two weeks …. American Spirit Arms is no exception to the overwhelming demand. What we have experienced is that our web site orders have jumped 500% causing our web site E commerce processing larger Deposits to BANK OF AMERICA ..Well, this through up a huge RED Flag with Bank of America . So they decided to hold the deposits for further review, meaning that the orders/payments that were coming in through the web, (being paid by the customer and that were shipped out by American Spirit Arms), the BANK was keeping (UNDER REVIEW )..as you could imagine this made me furious…After countless hours on the phone with BANK OF AMERICA I finally got a Manager in the right department that told me the reason that the deposits were on hold for FURTHER REVIEW …HER EXACT WORDS WERE ….. “WE BELIEVE YOU SHOULD NOT BE SELLING GUNS and PARTS ON THE INTERNET”

But of course it is not just financial companies that are demonizing gun owners.

Some more examples of this phenomenon were cited in a commentary authored by Dr. Michael S. Brown

In San Clemente, California, a school groundskeeper who had won a large sexual harassment settlement from the local school district was the target of a dramatic SWAT team raid on his residence. He was held on one million dollars bail for the heinous crime of possessing allegedly stolen rakes and buckets. Someone, perhaps seeking revenge, tipped off the police that the man had a large gun collection.

News reports contained no mention of the man making threats or plotting violence; he simply owned guns. A school district administrator was quoted as saying, “I’m personally horrified that someone who has daily contact in the vicinity of children and teachers owned the arsenal he apparently had.” Other officials crowed that they had prevented another Columbine. It is unlikely that the man will receive justice in a culture that vilifies gun owning citizens in this manner.

At a large university in Seattle, a white collar employee with an excellent work record was involved in a minor dispute over computer access. When he was called into the administrator’s office to discuss it, two campus police officers were present. “We know you have a concealed weapons permit. Are you armed?” He was not, but the damage to his reputation had already been done. Apparently, a coworker who was competing with the man for a position had tipped off the administration that he was a gun owner.

We are rapidly getting to the point where being a gun owner in America will automatically make you an outcast.

And progressive strategists don’t plan on letting up.  In fact, it was recently revealed that they have drafted an 80 page “how-to manual” that actually encourages gun control advocates to emotionally exploit major shooting incidents to advance the cause of gun control…

Democratic strategists have drafted a how-to manual on manipulating the public’s emotions toward gun control in the aftermath of a major shooting.

“A high-profile gun-violence incident temporarily draws more people into the conversation about gun violence,” asserts the guide. “We should rely on emotionally powerful language, feelings and images to bring home the terrible impact of gun violence.”

The 80-page document titled “Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging,” also urges gun-control advocates use images of frightening-looking guns and shooting scenes to make their point.

“The most powerful time to communicate is when concern and emotions are running at their peak,” the guide insists. “The debate over gun violence in America is periodically punctuated by high-profile gun violence incidents including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, the Trayvon Martin killing, Aurora and Oak Creek. When an incident such as these attracts sustained media attention, it creates a unique climate for our communications efforts.”

If you would like to read the entire manual, you can find it right here.

And of course Barack Obama continues to issue more executive orders about guns almost every time a major shooting incident makes the news.

But with conservatives in charge of the U.S. House of Representatives, he knows that there is a limit on what he will be able to do for now.

So the Obama administration has been busy pushing the new international treaty on arms regulation that it hopes will advance the cause of gun control.  Fortunately, many gun owner organizations are deeply concerned about this and they are sounding the alarm.  The following is from a recent Fox News article about this new treaty…

But the treaty also advocates keeping data of arms purchases, which the NRA and other groups say could be used as an international log to keep tabs on gun owners.

The record-keeping section in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) encourages members to “maintain records of conventional arms covered under Article 2,” which include battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, warships and small arms and light weapons.

Further, those records should be kept for a minimum of 10 years, the treaty states — which NRA leader Wayne LaPierre has referred to as “nothing more than gun registration by a different name.”

Because the treaty’s language is so broad, LaPierre has said that “manufacturers of civilian shotguns would have to comply with the same regulatory process as a manufacturer of military attack helicopters.”

One thing is for sure – the attacks from the progressives on gun owners are not going to stop.

It does not matter to them that a study that was recently published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy discovered that nations that have more guns tend to have less crime.

It does not matter to them that approximately 200,000 women in the United States use guns to protect themselves against sexual crime every single year.

Apparently what those women are supposed to do is be sexually assaulted first and then call the police for help.

That sounds absolutely insane, but that is the world that the progressives want us to live in.

Let us hope that they do not win.

UN Gun Sculpture - Photo by Francois Polito

  • mleblanc138

    Yay Utah! Utah is one of the most gun friendly states in the whole nation. Here, owning a gun makes you “just another one of the guys” so to speak.

    • Donald Wilson

      Arizona fkr now is a weapons friendly state, however, that can change in just one election. But for nkw as long as yku follow the rules you can open carry or walk around with a concealed weapon just have to play by the rules. Cheers

  • Rodster

    The answer is quite simple. You don’t want an angry citizenry brandishing firearms when the SHTF. The elites know this and fear their anger could be aimed at them when the serfs decide they have had enough.

    “When people lose everything and have nothing else to lose, they lose it”. – Gerald Celente.

  • Gay Veteran

    ALL of the elites do not want armed peasants.
    Now back to work, debt donkey

    • Joe Shmo

      Debt donkey… thanks, I needed a laugh. And it sounds so much “nicer” than slave.

  • Excalibur

    According to Wikipedia visa was started by Bank of America. Interesting that both stories inhibiting gun sales tie the two together. Now I’m questioning what is Bank of America/Visa ties to the government?

    • Jon

      The offshore global banks that own and run the Federal Reserve run the Federal Government. The three branches of government do not work for the people. They work for these banker criminals.

  • seth datta

    Barack works for the globallists whose favorite hobby is r@pe; so its no surprise he wants all the guns so he can have his wicked way with the citizenry.

  • Jodi

    I read somewhere Visa was a big donor to the Obama campaign. Enough said.

  • K

    The answer is a gun gives you the ability to say no. You may pay with your life, for saying no. But they can not come, and just drag you off. Your ability to resist, is what they object to. This should tell you just what they have in mind, if you could not resist.

  • DJohn1

    This is all part of the agenda of the Elite described in another article by Michael.
    So what is everyone going to do about it?
    Really, I don’t see people doing much of anything about it.
    The National RIfle Association might do something, but do they have the votes in the Congress? Like this Congress isn’t owned by the Elite described elsewhere?
    The most dangerous group of weapon carriers in this country is the police . . .

    The law is set up protect them even when they murder people. If you want to take away their guns, I think a lot of crime might actually decrease.
    But taking guns away from people seldom decreases crime in any area.
    I think that guns are a trap for anyone defending themselves against home invasion. The trap is you need a lawyer to defend you after the fact of defending your home. The law is for lawyers to make a living. The game rules set up do not consider citizens defending themselves when a law is broken. Only the government can come in and create this mess of problems and it does.
    So be careful when you defend yourself against the criminals out there! It might cost you a fortune staying out of jail after the fact.
    Guns are not the most lethal weapon out there. They are the loudest. There are gun weapons that go through walls and there is no defense against them. Most walls consist of plasterboard and studs. Only outside walls have brick. Furniture is little better. Yet our media often portrays people hiding behind walls and furniture. A decent powerful gun goes right through those objects like they are not there.
    There is no defense even for VIPs against hitmen. The secret service guards cannot defend anyone in today’s world of long range weapons. These weapons have been around for a long time. They have an effective range of at least 300 yards.
    The trick history shows is setting up a person to take the blame so there is no pursuit. This can involve two weapons with the same barrel source so that no matter who shoots ballistics show the same weapon was used.
    I have no proof of this. Yet murdered people from years ago show a suspicious trend towards this kind of murder. The Kennedy kill and the Martin Luther King kill are two examples of this kind of skill. Both show a dupe being offered to police to keep further investigations from pursuing the real killers. But that is opinion not fact.
    So what is the solution? I think the Elite are frightened. I think they fully realize that an unknown killer can take anyone of them out with existing weaons. Their solution is to attempt to take all weapons away from the public and hope it is enough.

    • Brad Ward

      You’re right about the power of modern firearms. However, you don’t seem to know much about ballistics. A lot of times the direction and penetration of a projectile depends on the angle that the projectile hits something. Hunting deer out in the woods, an experienced hunter looks for a clear shot, because that hunter knows that something as small as a twig can change the direction (even slightly) of a round and cause the hunter to miss a shot! A good hunter never shoots through brush to hit something. Anytime you can put something between yourself and a lead projectile– do it!! There’s no guarantee that it will stop or deflect the round, but there is that chance that it might, and that is better than being out in the open and taking that hit.

      • DJohn1

        What police often do is shotgun bullets through a wall without knowing where the bullet is likely to end up. Idea being the target is not near innocents. Not always the case. You are right about my knowledge of ballistics. Most of my knowledge comes from Air Police Training in the 1960s. Back then we used 38 police specials. Weapons have come a long way since then.
        Personally I am not willing to shoot anything. I find killing to be distasteful whether or not it is a deer or anything else. But that is personal preference and I am fully aware of how any kind of missile whether it is a bullet or an arrow can go astray. Good point on your part.

  • Wiley2

    It’s all about control. Those who wish to impose their will on others are working hard to eliminate our ability to resist their aggression. http://youtu.be/PvIo-vvlYkI

  • TJ

    There are approximately 350 million Americans and each year about 12 people go wacko and kill a bunch of people. So they want to punish 350 million people for the crimes of 12 people!

    The right to keep and bear arms belongs to every one of those 350 million people, even those who choose not to avail themselves of that right. The idea that those 350 million people should lose their rights because of what 12 people a year do is illogical, irrational and insane!

    By the government’s own statistics, approximately 1.5 million crimes are prevented each year by privately owned guns. Other statistics show that number to be as high as 3 million crimes which are prevent each year by privately own guns. (Crimes which are prevented, are not always reported).

    If we average those numbers to say 2 million crimes which are
    prevent each year by privately own guns and if they succeed in banning guns, then those crimes will not be prevented! If only 10% of those crimes result in a fatality, then they (those who banned the guns) will be responsible for the death of 200.000 people each year!

    If we add up all the people killed in mass shootings for the last 10, 20 or even 30 years, it will not total 200,000 people!

    Banning guns is lunacy!

  • Paul

    Let the NRA start a campaign to boycott VISA and the banks that carry it. If you don’t make an example of this business then the practice of discriminating against gun sellers will spread and escalate to gun buyers, then gun owners.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    “1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms.”—Alex Jones

    “These are Gerald Celente’s three Gs: gold, guns and a getaway plan.”—Gerald Celente

    “Am I in favor of guns? You bet. Do I own them? You bet I do.”—Gerald Celente

    “Well, I’ll give up my gun when everybody does. Doesn’t that make sense?………. It’s part of our Constitution. You know, the right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense against tyranny. Not to hunt. It’s to protect
    yourself from the police.
”—Ice-T

    • El Pollo de Oro

      “In countries like Brazil, where it’s impossible to get guns, you know who has the guns? The criminals. And they’re running loose.”—Gerald Celente

      “The government is spying on reporters, IRS agents are harassing political activists, FBI agents
      are raiding antiwar organizations, and the Pentagon is busy getting the legal machinery up and running in the event they feel the need to impose martial law. The reason they can get away with this, politically, is because the right doesn’t care if the government comes down hard on the left, while the left openly agitates for the instruments of repression to be used against the right.”—Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com

  • Liz

    I just applied for a Discover card. The nice lady assured me they did not deny gun purchases. In fact, she was shocked at what I told her. I hope Discover is not as bad or worse than Visa in some way. I had my AAA card for a dozen years. I’ll cancel when the new card arrives.

  • Hammerstrike

    I hope someone use a metal saw on that statue.

  • krinks

    This is what is missing from every documentary and movie about Communism and the Nazis. First they take the guns. You can’t very well take all of the food from the Ukrainians or burst into a Jewish home to carry them to the camps if a few of the decided to take a stand because they still had guns.
    It is my firm belief that our owning guns is the reason the FEMA Camps still sit there unused. Once we are helpless and defenseless they will be open for business. Obama’s black racist cabal will be more than happy to round up whitey and send him to the camps.

    • Hammerstrike

      Actually? No, Hitler eased restrictions on guns and rifles, it was the “weimar” republic that tried that…

      • krinks

        Liar.

        • Hammerstrike

          You are the liar.

          salon.c o m/2013/01/11/stop_talking_about_hitler/

          Stop using Hitler-did-it, that one is copyrighted by leftards.

          • krinks

            Salon, LOL? Try a legitimate news site.

          • Hammerstrike

            Just a small example.
            Thought, Hitler had no needs to fear his people, he cared for it and the great majority of Germans supported him and his party.
            The “democratic” politcians and bureaucrats, pimped by the banks, cared nothing for the German people and nation, only for their personal enrichement, just like today.
            Widely and rightfully despiced, they certainly had more reasons to support gun legislations.

          • krinks

            The fact is Hitler took all private firearms expect for high level Nazis. Just as Lenin/Stalin did. Just as Castro did. Just as Mao did…

  • http://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/ SLIMJIM

    Some crazy people out there who misrepresent gun owners. For the record I’m pro-second Amendment, I don’t hate Black people and I’m not White

  • Adam Steiger

    This is something I always state in regards to gun control:

    I’ll gladly comply with gun control on the day that criminals and lawbreakers decide to comply, also.

    Therefore, looks like I’m never complying with gun control!

    ****
    My Creed: To engage others online with respect, civility, and (if needed) blunt honesty.

  • Arizona

    THE anti-gun crowd are devil worshippers,THE LORD told his followers,if you don’t have a sword,sell your coat and buy one,oboozo amd his demoncrate followers are HATERS OF OUR LORD and anything he stood for,and murdering children as they do proves it….HAS anyone noticed these MUSLIM devil worshippers can’t be arrested no matter what they do,and all the demoncrates love them……………

  • Arizona

    IF YOU GIVE YOUR GUNS TO THE DEMONCRATES,…I guarantee, you’ll die in a FEMA DEATH CAMP,the only thing holding back the police gangs from murdering christian americans IS THEIR WEAPONS,without them the police gangs would be KICKING DOWN YOUR DOORS TOMORROW,and when they get a little braver they will be anyway,YOU want to fight these guys with a STICK or a weapon,White flags won’t work this time kids,they plan to kill everyone…..AMERICA is about to find out DEMONS FROM HELL “HAVE NO MERCY”…………………….

  • Paul Patriot

    Well said, K, and logical too. The anti gun politicians, citizens and globalists do not want to hear this.

    I often hear arguments like the following from anti-self defense /anti-gun people: ” The government has tanks, drones, planes, etc….that AR-15 you have will be useless against that”

    Comments like this, miss the point. A question to this crowd: Do you think it would better to have some form of self defense in the form of a semi auto rifle, or do you think having no way whatsoever to protect yourself or at last display a threat against someone that may try to hurt you???

    The answer is simple, UNLESS, you are a sheeple, liberal, ( you know the kind, with a plethora of college degrees), who thinks it better to just sit back and allow someone to harm/kill you and drag you off to a FEMA camp with no fight at all.

    At the end of the day you may lose anyway right? But at least with an armed population, the attackers/enemies will at least have to think twice knowing that they will be shot back at and possible lose their lives.

    Its so simple, but, a disturbingly large amount of the people who occupy space in this nation, are so stubborn and wooed and brainwashed by the mainstream media that they ( with all their “education” simple cannot think for themselves.

    I do not mean to offend anyone on this site with college degrees, I just relate to what I have witnessed, having grown up in a very liberal, 5 college area in Massachussetts, it seems the most liberal anti self defense crowd who just trusts the gubberment and thinks obummer is the greatest thing since apple pie,and thinks guns are evil, usually have a plethora of college degrees. It seems the more educated they get, the dumber they get when it comes to logic, common sense and thinking for themselves.

    There is an agenda to disarm legal gun owners, ( criminals will still have them), and the reason is for control.
    And as far as self defense, What a field day armed criminals will have when the general population is disarmed, and they can go on a crime spree with their illegally owned guns, and no one will be able to resist, oh, you could always try to use that wooden baseball bat against an armed home invader that is intent on robbing, raping and killing your household….well, common sense, logic minded people would guess that a 12 gauge shot gun would deter a home invader MUCH, MUCH better than that trusty old Louisville slugger!!!

  • Locked and Loaded

    Gun control is working great in Mexico. For the criminals.