National Public Radio demonstrated another example of the intellectual dishonesty of the anti-gun movement by identifying a “false flag” anti-gunner as a “gun rights advocate” on a recent show that called for limits on firearm magazine capacity.
The show, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, aired an episode on Monday, January 17, titled “The 33-Bullet Magazine: How Much Firepower is Too Much?” that was a love letter to the anti-gun crowd. While billed as a “debate” on magazine limits, the guests present were weighted towards the anti-gun side and, no surprise, the consensus they reached called for additional restrictions on our 2nd Amendment rights by limiting how much ammunition our firearms can hold.
One of the biggest lies was how NPR represented guest Tracee Larson as a “gun rights advocate and blogger.” Even on the surface the selection of Larson seemed an odd choice as her blog, The Well Heeled Shooter, at that point had only two posts. Why then would NPR pick her as a representative from the gun rights side?
A REAL gun rights blogger, Sebastian from Snowflakes in Hell, knows the answer. In his post, “Astroturfing,” Sebastian shows that Tracee Larson was previously a member of the Advisory Board of the American Hunters and Shooters Association, a “false flag” organization that pretended to represent gun rights while actually calling for more gun control.
AHSA was founded by millionaire Ray Schnoenke, a leading contributor to Democratic causes. Schnoenke previously also contributed to Handgun Control, Inc. the predecessor to the Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence. If that’s not enough evidence of the true anti-gun rights nature of the AHSA, this Washington Post article discusses how the Obama campaign paid for Schnoenke to travel to 40 events in four states to calm the fears of pro-gun voters during the presidential election.
This brings us back to Tracee Larson: Since the AHSA website went down in October 2010, and the organization has apparently ceased operations, Larson evidently needs a new outlet for her anti-gun rights agenda. Hence the creation of her blog, which premiered after the recent tragedy in Tucson and has only had three posts and gained three followers since then.
It’s amazing that the fine folks at National Public Radio were able to identify Tracee Larson as such a prominent voice for “gun rights advocacy” based on such scant evidence. I look forward to hearing Sarah Brady touted as a “gun rights advocate” in a future NPR broadcast.
UPDATE: Read more in my follow up story – NPR producer defends choice of former AHSA shill as ‘gun rights advocate’