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L. Neil Smith's
Number 780, July 20, 2014

The United States government is a police state,
run by maniacs who hate humanity. The United
States government is not civilisation.

Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

When the gun control movement's spokesperson admits that their policies don't offer working solutions to the criminal misuse of firearms, will the core of the gun control movement soon crumble?

If only.

In one of his last interviews before he stepped down as the head of Everytown for Gun Safety—billionaire social engineer Michael Bloomberg's AstroTurf organization—Mark Glaze confessed to the Wall Street Journal that "Because people perceive a mismatch in the policy solutions that we have to offer and the way some of these mass shootings happened, you know, it is a messaging problem for us, I think ... Is it a messaging problem when a mass shooting happens and nothing that we have to offer would have stopped that mass shooting? Sure it's a challenge in this issue."

Mark Glaze may not be so smug these daysTranslation: he admits that the laws proposed by Mayors Against Illegal Guns (for whom he was their Executive Director) and Everytown for Gun Safety (where he was also Executive Director) would not have prevented public massacres like the recent event in Santa Barbara, California. And he acknowledges that the public knows it.

Ponder the significance of this "mismatch," and the "messaging problem" it creates. It is an admission of failure concerning gun banner Bloomberg's policy proposals, and also his politics. Gun ban policies, ill-conceived as they are, is what Michael Bloomberg's deep pocketed and amalgamated anti-gun owner organizations push down American's throats through their legislative skullduggary. Now their front-man has acknowledged that, on at least one topic, the public doesn't believe that their policies offer effective solutions to the problem of gun violence. And why is that? Because the public understands that it wouldn't work! For example, Mr. Glaze's previous employers campaigned for universal background checks, which California has had for years, and which did nothing to stop the tragic Santa Barbara slaughter.

Glaze sheepishly tried to minimize the failure of Bloomberg's policy proposals as a little "messaging problem." But this is just a politicians' standardized way of avoiding a direct admission of fiasco. Sort of like Barack Obama mischaracterizing massive public resistance to Obamacare as a messaging problem, instead of admitting it is a rate doubling, deductible tripling, policy cancelling disaster.

No matter how you spin it, the "mismatch" between gun banning policies and solutions to gun violence remains an admission of abject failure. And significantly, it's a failure based on the public dismissing their policy prevarications as ineffective.

Ironically, Glaze may have helped create the problem he misperceives. Part of the gun ban lobby's expensive and sophisticated playbook calls for rushing out in front of TV cameras and filing emotional editorials after any shooting tragedy. Playing on emotions, and shouting for more laws is their plan to sway the public to their side. This was explained in my previous blog about their propaganda guide titled Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging. Apparently most of the public has (finally) learned that waiting for complete information about a tragic event is wise. So, by making premature and audacious claims about the need for their gun control mere minutes after a public shooting, and by having their claim that their proposed law would have prevented the tragedy fall flat once the facts behind events unfold, the gun ban lobby's tactics have soured the public on anyone who demonstrates jerky-knee syndrome on gun control.

Did Mark Glaze help shift public opinion against gun control? On some gun-control proposals probably. But as unhappy as he likely is with Glaze's parting comment, I doubt Michael Bloomberg can get his money back from ex-employee Mark.

When it's obvious that Bloomberg's proposals would not make a difference, the public sees through the Bloomberg bull. This is a refreshing development in a country with far too many low information voters. Unfortunately, it's not always obvious enough that Bloomberg's proposals won't work. Bloomberg knows this, and will be doing all he can to fix his "messaging" problem by confusing people. In other words, Bloomberg will try baffling them with bullshit.

Both Bloomberg and Glaze no doubt believe that despite current perceptions, more tragedies, more PR, more of Bloomberg's mega-bucks will nonetheless make gun control popular with the public. "The federal picture will change when legislators come to understand that we are here to stay," Glaze says. "You can't defy political gravity forever."

Still, facts are weighty things, even in today's dumbed-down world. For now, not all of the people are fooled. Political gravity, and public perception, is pulling against Bloomberg. Let's keep it that way.

Reprinted from for July 17, 2014

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