An infographic from Mayor Bloomberg’s “Mayors against Illegal Guns” depicting “common-sense gun control” shows how graphics can swindle their audiences using simple tricks.
Despite the fact that the NRA has condemned the group for being anti-gun, MAIG is attempting to define the terms of the debate in ways to positive their aims more positively. In fact, they attempt to describe themselves as similar to the NRA despite being condemned by them. Mayor Bloomberg, co-chairman of the group, has said that the NRA “offered a paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous and violent America.”
Nevertheless, in MAIG’s infographic, they say:
Support for common sense gun laws is even higher among those who don’t own guns. When we’re standing on common ground – alongside NRA members – why has nothing been done?
This, along with several almost comical conclusions illustrates the tactics MAIG is using to conceal their aims — to restrict the Second Amendment — and empower government against law-abiding citizens. In particular, this infographic employs these tricks:
- Use statistics from well-known sources on the opposite political spectrum
- Couch your POV in terms that appear at first glance to be unbiased and seeking common ground
- Name your initiative using benign terms
- Take the moral high ground and express it through every extension
- Create dissension within your enemy’s ranks
MAIG, which far-left Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky just took to the airwaves to promote, attempts to describe their position as “majority.” Huff Por reports that in the wake of Sandy Hook, their membership has skyrocketed.
Not everyone is buying MAIG’s gun-restriction message. A website has sprung up, “Gun Owners against Illegal Mayors,” which details the illegal activities of many of the members of MAIG. NRA-IL wrote the following post on the front group, including:
Despite its very misleading name, this national group of anti-gun mayors has lobbied Congress against national reciprocity of state Right-to-Carry permits, against much-needed reform of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), for regulating gun shows out of existence, and for repealing the Tiahrt Amendment that protects the privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners and limits disclosure of sensitive firearm trace data to protect law enforcement personnel and protect lawful gun manufacturers from bogus lawsuits.
Bloomberg created “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” as a front group to lobby Congress to oppose important pro-gun reforms and support new federal gun control restrictions. And some mayors have joined or been duped into joining this anti-gun Bloomberg crusade. If your mayor has joined MAIG, it is critical that he or she resign from this anti-gun group. You can do your part by contacting your mayor’s office today and urging your mayor to withdraw his or her MAIG membership. A number of mayors have already quit the anti-gun Bloomberg coalition and yours should be the next one to do so.
Read more about MAIG and their principles here, And, I invite you to include whichever statement you find most comical/misleading from the infographic above.