It’s probably hard for a cadre of paid activists to believe that folks like myself and W. Scott Lewis do what we do because we value our rights, and not because we’re paid shills for the “gun lobby”
Or perhaps it’s not so hard for them to believe, but in order to paint the big bad NRA, and its 4 million members, in a negative light, it has to claim we’re all paid shills of some nefarious “gun lobby”
But Peter Hamm, communication director for the Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence, is concerned that the group is the latest tool of the powerful gun lobby.
“We know very clearly that they were organised and they are funded by the gun industry, by the companies that are selling the guns,” he said.
“This is not some spontaneous, grassroots organisation.
“There are more members than there were before Virginia Tech because the gun industry is spending more money to enlist more young people to help them spread the word, that if only we had more guns in America, we’d have less of a gun violence problem.”
So the tens of thousands of people on SFCC’s Facebook group are all paid shills of the “gun lobby” and not real grass roots?Â If Peter Hamm wants to know what astroturf looks like, he doesn’t need to look very far.
Peter Hamm offers no facts to back up this assertion, but are we really surprised?