The Protest That Never Was

I’ve long believed that most Americans are somewhere in the middle which is why only a few show up for Tea Party demonstrations or anti-gun demonstrations.

A hell of a lot more Americans are far more concerned about losing their homes should we have a repeat of 2008.  The disappearing middle class.  The disappearance of jobs doing making things and their replacement with low paying jobs working retail in some big box store.

While the politicians want us to care about some sort of social issue most folks don’t give a damn.

I don’t care if you don’t want to own a gun, just don’t interfere  in my right to own one.

Learn how to mind your own freaking business and stop trying to mind the business of other people.  They are your fellow citizens and have the same rights as you do.  You don’t want other people to infringe on your rights stop infringing on theirs.

This is a big crazy, beautiful country filled with people whose ancestors came here to be free.

Respect the rights of others.  Respect the Constitution and the protections of rights that it provides.

From America’s 1st Freedom:

by Clay Turner, Creative Director
Friday, May 27, 2016

What happens when you stage a protest and no one shows up?

Calls for anti-gun activists to descend upon the 145th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Ky., were inescapable in the days preceding the event.

Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action (MDA) scheduled a screening of Katie Couric’s anti-gun documentary, “Under the Gun,” at 11 a.m. Saturday at Spalding University. It was to be preceeded by a vigil and march led by a local pastor, and accompanied by an exhibit of quilts made by survivors of gun violence. And in case you hadn’t had enough, MDA’s Shannon Watts was to lead a panel discussion at 1 p.m. MDA cautioned, “Due to limited space, organizers are asking people to register in advance for free tickets.”

MDA-Kentucky’s Pam Mangas exhorted followers to flood Louisville, saying, “We need a big showing. We need to make sure the NRA knows we are here to stay to fight bad gun policy.”

Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth called for “an enormous outpouring of opposition, both to the NRA and to [presidential candidate Donald Trump’s] brand of politics.”

Something called the Sowers of Justice Network planned to partner with other local groups to stage “art shows, demonstrations, film showings and marches.” One of their events was billed as “Hands Across Louisville,” a seven-hour event scheduled for Saturday that included “holding hands from 2 p.m.-3 p.m.” on Broadway Avenue. “Come and be one in a million holding hands together to stamp out gun violence in Louisville, KY,” the website pleaded.

At a related event, Festival of Faiths, a former youth pastor planned to fashion guns into gardening tools.

The protest efforts had plenty of help. The Courier-Journal provided Watts space for a guest column and promoted MDA’s Saturday Spectacular with editorial coverage on Friday, and stoked fervor with a steady stream of anti-NRA coverage. One of their cartoonists even posted a cartoon of children crucified on crosses labeled “2nd Amendment.”

Yarmuth wrote an expanded anti-NRA rant on his and featured other unhinged content.

The New York Times, USAToday and the Washington Post were joined by websites such as The Guardian, Huffington Post, MediaMatters, Mediaite and Slate in keeping “gun violence” on the front page.

MDA kept up a torrent on Twitter and on local news: “As the NRA prepares to come to Louisville, moms are demanding action.” And they had a billionaire on their side.

The whole world held its breath.

And yawned.

As the NRA Annual Meetings dawned Friday, the expansive green space reserved for demonstrations at the Kentucky Expo Center was filled with … one anti-Trump protestor. Wave3News interviewed the damp, forlorn sign-holder: “I honestly … I expected more people.”

Saturday morning’s march consisted of about 40 people. Couric’s documentary, sponsored by the seemingly powerful Moms Demand Action, backed by Everytown for Gun Safety, drew only 40 activists … the same 40 activists. For a free screening.

There were not a million hands holding. Even dividing that number by two hands/person doesn’t help. In fact, there are exactly zero media reports of anyone holding hands.

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