More Joyce Foundation "astroturf"
According to its website, WAVE, or the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (which strangely only seems interested in firearms violence), is "Wisconsin's only statewide grassroots organization solely dedicated to reducing gun violence, injuries and deaths."
It goes on to list its accomplishments:
"A fully functional professional organization has been created essentially from scratch and is now up and running with a solid infrastructure.
An active coalition of partner groups is in place, drawn from sectors including public health, violence prevention, law enforcement, families and children, education, faith, grassroots, community and neighborhood-based, and others."
Curiously, it doesn't seem to have any true members, just contributors. The only staffer identified is an excutive director who is mentioned in press releases. And its newsletters only go back to 2006. This "grassroots" group seems to have appeared out of nowhere in the last year. How did they muster public support?
They didn't. Bouncing over to the Joyce Foundation's lists of antigun grants, we find:
"Thursday, November 30, 2006 Printable version
WAVE Educational Fund
Isn't that special. Your doctor can put you on the no gun list. You know the one where you're not supposed to know if you are on it or how you got on it. I used to like Bush & Cheney. Voted for them. Twice. I won't be voting for them again. You are truly crazy to associate with the psychiatric non professiobn after reading this:
Posted by: The Mechanic at July 9, 2007 08:04 PM
Why don't all us gun owners and NRA members "see the light" and go over to the other side. We can claim to be shooters and gun owners (which we are) and also claim to want simple sensible gun control and start our own grass roots organizations. We can each ask the Joyce Foundation for a like sum of cash.
Posted by: Mike Gordon at July 9, 2007 09:53 PM
From Joyce Foundation's site:
"firearms remain virtually unregulated."
Really?? Guess it depends on your definition of "unregulated."
"The Gun Violence Program supports efforts to bring the firearms industry under comprehensive consumer product health and safety oversight as the most promising long-term strategy for reducing deaths and injuries from handguns and other firearms."
Great - so they want the CPSC to regulate firearms? So we'll have child-proof pull-tabs on trigger guards and big bright orange tags on the slide that say "Do Not Remove This Tag! Warn children of the danger of firearms!" - plus bit warning statements printed on the box, like "Do not use this product indoors" or "Do not hold gun barrel with teeth" or some such.
Better yet - we'll get California Prop 65-style warnings - "this product is known to the Consumer Product Safety Corporation to be capable of causing death."
Posted by: Bill at July 10, 2007 10:10 AM
More from their site:
"The tragic shooting at Virginia Tech, which today leaves families devastated and a university community in shock, is the latest example of rising gun violence in America."
Also known as "let's pile on and add ourselves to the long line of anti-gun groups salivating at the prospect of using the Virginia Tech shootings to further our political agenda."
The latest example of "rising gun violence in America?" Last I heard, crime has been steadily declining for the last decade. Virginia Tech was not the latest example of rising "gun violence", it was the latest example of an unchecked sociopath wreaking havoc on involuntarily unarmed victims.
I'm sick of the term "gun violence." Joyce Foundation says it's also in favor of laws requiring people to notify police when their gun is stolen. Why don't we mandate police reports when a knife, hammer, screwdriver, crowbar, axe, baseball bat, stick, brick, or rock is stolen? All of those can be and are used for criminal activities, including killing people. Law-abiding gun owners are of course going to notify police as soon as they know a gun is stolen because they (a) want to get the gun back and (b) don't want criminals to have the gun and do bad things with it. Why don't we mandate that you notify police when your car is stolen? You're going to call them anyway, right? The only people who are NOT going to call police are criminals who have the guns illegally in the first place - and even some of them I'm not so sure about - I know that some of them are so stupid they call the police when somebody steals their drugs.
Glad I live in VA and not IL - although I have my concerns about the way VA is headed, too...
Posted by: Bill at July 10, 2007 11:32 AM
I think asking the Joyce Foundation for funding for a false flag organization is a good idea.
Have it make statements so insane it self-parodies. Call self-defense a human rights violation against felons.
Punch up "The Onion" grade material ... make it so over the top it embarrasses the Brady Bunch.
Posted by: Kristopher at July 10, 2007 12:50 PM