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WeCan.Vote Another Astroturf Attempt by Anti-Gun Advertising Pros to Manipulate Public Opinion

WeCan.Vote Another Astroturf Attempt by Anti-Gun Advertising Pros to Manipulate Public Opinion
The thing is, they’re NOT students. They’re New York ad agency professionals running a campaign. (WeCan.Vote/Instagram)

“This site lets kids who can’t vote have a voice on gun control,” a Monday PR piece masked as news by Fast Company advertises. “WeCan.Vote polls kids still under 18 about how they plan to cast their ballots on gun issues.”

“High school students who want to know learn [sic] more about their own congressional representatives’ views on gun control can search by state to view a roster of that place’s congressional representatives alongside an ‘NRA rating’ that grades each official on an A through F scale for their ties to the gun industry,” the hack piece lies.  The grades are based on voting records and questionnaires, and while I’ve had plenty of occasions to question ratings and rationales, there is no credible evidence presented to back up the claim that gun industry ties are a factor – let alone the factor – in grade assignments.

So who is “”?

“The initiative was created by three adults—Danielle Clemons, Frank Garcia, and Giulia Magaldi, all of whom work hold [sic] creative posts at top agencies in the advertising world,” the “report” continues. Checking their LinkedIn profiles, they all work for New York-based ad agency Droga5

Advertising professionals trying to manipulate public opinion on guns…? We’ve seen that before plenty of times. Recall that Million Mom March founder Donna Dees-Thomases represented herself as just a mom who got involved, despite being a CBS publicist and the sister-in-law of a close friend and advisor to Hillary Clinton. Similarly “stay-at-home mom” Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action “had a 15-year career as a communications executive for both public relations agencies and Fortune 500 corporations.” Likewise, former Brady Campaign President Dan Gross “was the youngest-ever partner at the JWT advertising agency.”

And we’ve seen the “pros” at work, from McCann New York featuring children having a sex toy battle, to Saatchi & Saatchi rewriting history with the Founding Fathers adding an “as long as people aren’t being dumb-asses” qualifier  to the Second Amendment, to Grey doing “hidden camera interviews” for a “public service announcement, and leaving unmentioned that the supposed subjects having their minds changed on guns were identified on filming permit as “actors.”

The WeCan.Vote website appears just as credible. And it promises to be just as ineffective at bringing about any real effect, if 251 “students” voting to date on an “effort began in late May” is any indication.

So far, the anti-gunners are sweeping the controlled virtual political landscape, and don’t look for that to change. NRA “A’s” will continue to be voted out, and NRA “F’s voted in by overwhelming margins.

They even tell us how they’ll do it.

“We have no reliable method of determining whether or not a vote has been manipulated,” WeCan.Vote admits in the fine print.” If, however, we see clear indications of manipulation we may remove the vote from our site or delete individual votes, in our sole discretion.”

That means if gun owners start to make the needle move in the other direction, there is also no reliable method for determining whether or not their votes are being rejected at the sole discretion of the gun-grabbers running the website.

But hey, since when have advertisers ever deceptively manipulated public opinion? And when have Astroturf gun-grabbers ever pretended to be “grassroots”?

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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. We all know what happens to a disarmed people: #gulags #killingfields #Trotsky_AKA_Lev_Davidovich_Bronshtein #Genrikh_Yagoda #Cheka

  2. We got to take our School back, My wife and I took our child out of school 4 years back and home schooling just because of the lack of security in our schools. We got to put boots on the ground. Joseph Allen from South Carolina JV6797@YAHOO.COM

  3. It dose not seam the 2nd amendment will last much longer with the fake news constantly attacking our gun rights. What I do know is before they make any additional gun control laws they better get ready for some hard push back. All the laws in place are illegal and until we stand on the Capital lawn buy the millions this crap will continue. If the want gun control than lets see them get it done legally by enacting a Constitutional Amendment. Until they do they can kiss my ass. PS: we need to be pushing for a law that punishes elected officials who vote for laws that violate the Constitution!

  4. Those children have been convinced to give up their rights before they are even old enough to understand EXACTLY what they are giving away. They have no idea what reality looks like yet. This only proves how effective continuous communist propaganda is – when it’s force-fed to children every single school day of their young lives. Little do these children understand that since day one they have been prepped and groomed to be useful idiots by political forces that don’t mind taking the long march to achieve their goals.

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