49ers Continue Alienating Firearm Owners from NFL with Gun Grab Grant
“The 49ers announced today that they are joining local and national law enforcement in signing a pledge for a ‘more understanding and safer America,’” Nick Wagoner of ESPN “reports” (if you can call it that). “The Niners have pledged $500,000 toward the campaign, which will advocate for legislation banning ‘bump stocks’ and other mechanisms that allow semi automatic weapons to become automatic weapons, as well as silencers and armor piercing bullets.”
Here’s the presser and the group grope.
For an outfit with the resources of ESPN to get so much so wrong in such a short amount of space is nothing less than journalistic malpractice. Devices that facilitate “bump firing” do not turn “allow semi automatic weapons to become automatic weapons.” The retired ATF firearms analyst responsible for the ruling explains:
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Likewise, those who wish to prevent suppressor rules from being eased use Hollywood hyperbole and fear, and as far as ‘armor piercing bullets” go, without seeing that term qualified, most will assume it refers to stuff that will go through tank plating, as opposed to rated-for-handguns body armor that common rifle rounds will defeat.
It’s not like ESPN has ever given a damn about the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Quite the opposite.
So leave it to them and to “social justice”-oozing NFL “progressives” to come up with yet another way to alienate their core audience. After seeing the #TakeAKnee nonsense result in lower attendance and ratings, you’d think an adult with the league would start acting like it’s a business, and put a stop to pampered bellyachers driving away their customers.
As an aside, it was nice to see former Steelers halfback Rocky Bleier reiterate what we already discussed, that shutting down the protests would not violate anyone’s rights as articulated under the First Amendment:
“It’s very simply this: This is a workplace, you are at the stadium, you are working that day, this is not a platform for protest. The American people, they can’t go to their workplace and start to protest about whatever may be happening in their life. That wouldn’t be allowed and that shouldn’t be allowed in the NFL.”
Just don’t tell that to “Reverend” Jesse Jackson, who just outdid himself for race-hustling grievance mongering:
“To go from picking cotton balls to picking up footballs and basketballs without freedom is not very much progress.”
Seeing that moronic false equivalency, some advice from “Tropic Thunder” comes to mind.
It’s a fact of life that boycotting everyone who deserves it would be problematic for most, and end up hurting us when we deny ourselves essential products or services for which no competitive alternatives exist. But ESPN, other networks and the NFL are hardly essential, and, in fact, are arguably detrimental in terms of the “bread and circuses” environment they create. So in this case, it should not be a hardship to cease, literally, giving aid and comfort to these enemies of the Second Amendment.
And it’s not like we don’t have plenty of superior and more rewarding alternatives. Go the range. Take a walk and get the blood going. Reload some ammo. Take stock of your preparedness. Spend quality time with people you love. Read a book.
And tell subversive athletes, teams and networks to #TakeAHike.
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