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Challenging the Other Side on Twitter

Protest Easy Guns is an interesting group that’s cropped up since the Virginia Tech tragedy. The group is lead by Abby Spangler. These are the people who do the highly appropriately named “lie-ins” where they all lie down on the ground and pretend to be dead. It’s always seemed rather macabre to me, but hey, it’s a free country, and you can protest however you want. Protest Easy Guns has quite a Twitter presence though, and I’m rather surprised they respond to pro-gun critics at all, let alone seeming rather annoyed by them. Typical of an exchange with them, they started out announcing a protest on Times Square. I retorted back that protesting guns in New York City was like protesting for gay rights in San Francisco. Not exactly a brave statement in either city. That must have gotten under Ms. Spengler’s skin, because the response was pretty angry:

@SebastianSH Sebastian, you know we are not protesting guns! PLEASE STOP SAYING THAT! We are protesting felons having easy access to guns!

My response was highly appropriate, I think, but we know it’s false, and we know that Protest Easy Guns is lying. We can see on their issues page here they propose all the same thing the Brady Campaign does, including banning so called “assault weapons”. Not just banning them for felons, but banning them for non-felon citizens too. They also are fighting against allowing non-felon citizens who are 21 years and older, are license and trained, from being able to carry a concealed firearm on college and university campuses. Those people are non-felons by definition. And what exactly does the Tiahrt amendment have to do with felons accessing guns? Law enforcement can access the trace system for criminal investigations. Why else would you want the trace data?

So no, Ms. Spangler, Protest Easy Guns is not just about keeping felons from having easy access to guns, because some of the methods you choose to do that essentially mean I can’t have them either. Next time they have a lie-in, think for a moment about how appropriate that name is. Lie-in is right.

5 Responses to “Challenging the Other Side on Twitter”

  1. Bitter says:

    I love that it’s obvious you got under her skin.

  2. LFS says:

    Yup, their line is that this isn’t about my 2A rights, but every single one of their gun control measures is straight from the Brady Campaign.

  3. thirdpower says:

    And the Brady Campaign isn’t a ‘gun ban’ organization except for all the different types of guns they want banned.

  4. DirtCrashr says:

    Jeeze, why not protest pineapples and coconuts in Hawaii – or corn and alfalfa in Iowa?? The fact that they are grandstanding to a big media audience is undeniable. All they want is airtime.

  5. Kerry says:

    When they piss you off lying on the ground, piss on them.

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