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Teen Vogue’s pathetic attempt to con America’s youth into opposing guns

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Gun control guru Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, is now doing everything in her power to con America’s youth. In a Teen Vogue op-ed, Watts discussed how to combat the “gun lobby.” Throughout the piece, she attempts to make the argument that America is less safe because of guns:

…America has something else no other developed nation has: a gun lobby that pushes for extreme “guns everywhere” policies while lobbying against common-sense gun laws. The National Rifle Association — which used to be an organization of sportsmen and hunters — boasts some of the most powerful lobbyists in America, working to pad the pockets of gun manufacturers by fighting even modest efforts to close loopholes in our gun laws.

Below are several facts proving Watts wrong.

FACT: The NRA is 5 million members strong and made up of average citizens, hunters, and everyone in between.

I’m a member of the NRA, and I’m not a hunter — but I value my Second Amendment rights and the ability to defend myself how I see fit, which is with a firearm.

FACT: The NRA works to make sure our Second Amendment right is protected for future generations.

Claiming that the NRA only works for gun manufacturers is ludicrous. Gun manufacturers would go out of business if there weren’t a market for firearms.

FACT: The NRA fought for the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) and frequently talks about the holes in the system.

If the “gun lobby” wanted to fight against these so-called loopholes, why would they point out that 35 states only report 80 percent of their criminal convictions?

According to Watts, the NRA is “making it easy for felons, domestic abusers, and even suspected terrorists to buy guns…” Watts uses the “no-fly, no-buy” example, but fails to see legal gun owners’ issue with that unconstitutional nature of that notion.

FACT: The government can put anyone on the no-fly list for any reason.

There is no due process for being placed on the no-fly list. The person being considered for the list has no opportunity to challenge the consideration. If we used the no-fly list as a reason for keeping people from purchasing firearms, we would deny Americans their right to a trial by jury via the Sixth Amendment.

Watt’s most offensive argument, however, has to do with marketing to women.

“Gun manufacturers are trying to create new customers by telling women a gun is the only way to protect themselves,” she alleges.

As a female gun owner, I’m absolutely flabbergasted at Watts’ assertion. If Watts were on the other side of the aisle, she would see the heart of the gun industry. She would see that the majority of gun manufacturers don’t focus on women. 99 percent of advertising and marketing efforts are spent on men. In fact, the gun industry is still trying to figure out how to encourage women to be gun owners outside of offering pink and purple accessories.

FACT: Women are the fastest growing population of gun owners.

Gee, maybe, just maybe this has to do with the fact that women are tired of being the victim of sexual assaults, robberies, and other violent crimes. A firearm is a great equalizer for women, especially when they’re being attacked by a man two to three times their size.

Ms. Watts should be ashamed of her attempt to con teenagers. Apparently, grown adults aren’t flocking to her notion of gun control, so she has to move to our youth to help push her agenda.

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