Meet Mark Glaze, the former executive director and face of Michael Bloomberg's Everytown For Gun Safety, a group that used to be called Mayors Against Illegal Guns [MAIG]. Whenever a mass shooting occurs (which despite popular belief and hysteria from the media, isn't happening more frequently than it used to), Glaze takes to the airwaves to demand new gun control legislation, specifically expanded background checks.
As of Friday, Glaze left his post with
MAIG Everytown and is admitting in an exit interview with the Wall Street Journal that the proposals outlined by the gun control group and sent to Congress, would not have prevented mass shootings in the past and won't stop them in the future. (bolding is mine)
Mr. Glaze said the movement hasn’t solved one of its signature problems: Many mass shootings wouldn’t have been stopped by tighter regulations proposed by gun-control advocates, even if they might have prevented other gun crimes.
The most attention on gun control comes after mass shootings – just look at the post-Newtown push and the brief attention paid to the issue after the Memorial Day weekend shootings in Isla Vista, Calif. Yet virtually none of the solutions gun-control groups are pushing would have prevented any of the massacres that capture public attention.
“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.”
So there you have it. Like we've always known and through their own admission, gun control advocates aren't actually about solving problems, but instead are about giving the government more control over your life. Their goal is to strip Americans of their constitutionally protected Second Amendment rights and they use the crisis of mass shootings as a stomping ground to do so. Their proposals don't work to prevent mass shootings, but we can at least thank Glaze for being honest (this time). Keep his words in mind next time Bloomberg's anti-gun ghouls shriek for more restrictions and knee jerk legislation in the wake of a tragedy.
Katie Pavlich is the Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014.