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Jul 30 2014

Everytown for Gun Safety FAIL: Anti-Gun Ad Sparks Pro-Gun Sentiment

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A miraculous thing happened this week on Tuesday’s episode of ABC’s The View – three out of four panelists agreed that women should own guns to protect themselves. The women came out strongly in favor of gun ownership after playing a recent ad created by Bloomberg’s pet project, Everytown for Gun Safety. The ad – which is intended to pressure GOP lawmakers into supporting gun control – shows a woman on the phone, frantically talking to police, as an angry ex-husband breaks in. He takes her son and she helplessly yells and screams, desperately trying to slap him as he draws a gun. Without a weapon of her own, she is powerless to stop him. When the seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

The video (linked in the clip below) is indeed disturbing, but seems to be having the opposite effect. Though it asks for Americans to contact their local senators in favor of banning convicted stalkers and domestic violence offenders from legally buying guns (hint: they’re already prohibited persons), it seems instead to be encouraging more women to speak out about the importance of self defense.

The three women who favored firearm ownership on yesterday’s show – Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and Fox’s Juliet Huddy – all shared the real world threats that prompted them to buy a gun. The women spoke of stalkers and home intruders, feeling helpless and wishing they had had protection. Only one woman seemed incredulous, stating that because she has children she would never own a gun. The other women argued that that is, in fact, the perfect reason to have one.

Shepherd pointed out that, in defense situations, people have told her to get a baseball bat or pepper spray. She argues, “You got one chance to use a bat and if they take it away. ‘Get pepper spray.’ You know how close they got to get to you, if you use pepper spray?” She then made gestures as if holding a pump-action shotgun. “You got one of these? They’re not gonna come near you and your child!”

Full transcript below:

JENNY MCCARTHY: People who would definitely disagree with the NFL ruling is a gun safety group that is trying to pressure Republican senators to support gun restriction laws for domestic abuser with a brutal PSA. Now, warning, get your kids out of the room. Because this is pretty disturbing. Take a look.

[Everytown for Gun Safety Ad]

MCCARTHY: Right? Effective, Lara?

LARA SPENCER, ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA: I would say highly effective. I mean so upsetting. Very strong message. And-

SHERRI SHEPHERD: For not getting a gun? For, for having gun safety?

SPENCER: Well right, but that’s, that’s the catch here.

SHEPHERD: Can I tell you, can I tell you the flipside of that. And that is absolutely so disturbing, but the flipside is when I was at my home and the alarm went off, and I ran to my son’s bedroom and Jeffrey was crying, and I realized all I had to protect me and somebody coming around that corner was a daggone wicker trash basket. And I said to myself and everybody said to me, “well get a bat.” You got one chance to use a bat and if they take it away. “Get pepper stray.” You know how close they got to get to you, if you use pepper spray? You got one of these? [makes a gesture like she’s holding a gun and makes a sound of cocking a gun] They’re not gonna come near you and your child! So when you’re standing there, and you don’t know how to protect your child ? Get a gun in your home!

JULIET HUDDY, FOX NEWS: Well I was gonna say when I was in my in my early twenties I had a stalker. A lot of people have that situation whether they are on TV or not on TV. And I remember feeling so vulnerable. And I just remember constantly going to sleep at night wishing that I could go over and grab my dad’s gun. You know? And keep it behind my bed. You know the knife? The butcher knife in the kitchen wasn’t gonna work for me. You know?

SPENCER: I have two kids. I would never want a gun in the house.

[crosstalk]

MCCARTHY: I’ve been in circumstances like Sherri where, you know people tried to break in and I’m with my son going, “I wish I had something to protect myself with.”

SHEPHERD: I think that’s the thing when you’re standing there and if you’ve ever been in that situation where you have children and you go what do I have?

MCCARTHY to SPENCER: I used to think like you.

SHEPHERD to SPENCER: I used to think like you too. When you’re sitting there going-

SPENCER to MCCARTHY: What changed you?

MCCARTHY: That happened to me. They were trying to get in and I felt out of control and I had a child, and I was thinking to myself I wish I had a gun and I wish, you know, I have it very well protected now. There’s no way. Locked up.

SHEPHERD: Locked up, go to the gun range, know how to use it. There was a man who broke into a woman’s house. She was up in the attic. She had her two twins. He, as soon as he put his face in the attic she shot him. I betcha he’ll never try to break into that woman’s house again.

MCCARTHY: Long story short, don’t come at me and Sherri’s house!

1 comment

  1. Mark Shean

    “But to ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the innocent and law-abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless, and that the law will permit them to have only such rights and liberties as the lawless will allow. …
    For society does not control crime, ever, by forcing the law-abiding to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of criminals.
    Society controls crime by forcing the criminals to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of the law-abiding.” Jeff Snyder

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