Where a line has been drawn amid a group, everyone keeps company on one side or the other…whether they want to or not. Take a look at the company you keep, Corporate America.
In an article posted on Salon.com, Moms Demand Action member Amanda Gailey sheds some light on exactly the kind of people who enjoy showing off their weapons at Staples. Funny thing; turns out they’re not exactly the most loving, understanding, accepting or Christian kind of people.
Recently, MDA has embarked on a campaign to get guns out of Kroger grocery stores, where Open Carry psychos have lately begun to congregate. This campaign is just one in a long string of “corporate responsibility” efforts aimed at forcing companies to take a stand on whether they’ll allow armed thugs to deliberately intimidate their customers while they’re shopping for green beans or toner cartridges.
And lest there be any doubt how these people feel about intimidation tactics, evidence this elegantly named secret Facebook page, “People Who Were Blocked by Moms Demand Action Demand Action Now.”
This page, which has over a thousand members, is where many 2A nuts go to coordinate their efforts to intimidate and harass gun control activists. Notably, certain groups of unarmed women, children and the companies they’re lobbying to take a stand.
Much of the group’s activity centers around these tactics:
- Collect personal information, photographs and anything else they can about MDA members. Publicly publish or otherwise use that information in a concerted manner to intimidate, humiliate and harass them.
- Coordinate efforts to troll and harass MDA members on social media, over the phone and in person; use disposable accounts (often featuring the MDA member’s photo and name) to post obscene images and comments on the Facebook pages of companies MDA is or has successfully lobbied.
- Disseminate disinformation about those members and the companies in a malicious, concerted effort to intimidate and disrupt.
Some of the specific applications of those strategy used lately include:
- Swarming posts by gun control advocates, and posting wonderfully Christian things like “what you could do is shut your god da**ed whore mouth,” “calm your tits,” and “f**k her right in the pu**y.”
- Harvesting photos of MDA members, and photoshopping their faces onto pornographic images, or writing humiliating and intimidating things on those pictures and them en masse on company Facebook pages. In one instance, they posted a picture of an MDA member’s pre-school aged child and wrote on it “My Mom sucks more c*ck than Richard Simmons.” On another, they wrote on a picture of an MDA member and her child “Big retard, little retard.” In both cases, the mass-posted the images to Kroger’s Facebook page using disposable accounts.
- Bloggers like Eric Reed have been disseminating disinformation about the OC effort and opposition. In one post, Reed claimed that his cohort CJ Grisham (head of Open Carry Texas) had met with Kroger execs. Grisham, via Reed, claimed that Kroger was planning to “stand its ground” on allowing guns,” and that the exec had suggested he start a counter-petition to keep guns in the store.However, as Shannon Watts of MDA found out, that “meeting” never happened. Kroger adamantly denies having ever spoken to CJ, and the exec CJ named in private says he never heard of him, let alone suggested a counter-petition. However, David Amad, head of OCT’s Houston chapter did briefly speak with a Kroger exec. Amad himself said that the exec was deliberately neutral, even going so far as to say that “He doesn’t believe that anyone should be asking businesses to take sides in the gun debate.”
In other words: “We don’t care about you people, or the society in which we do business — we’re really just here for the money.”
Unfortunately, though, life does have an inconvenient way of invading. Nobody lives in a parallel dimension, not even corporations. And in this dimension, there is no remaining neutral where change is demanded.
So, Corporate America…take a good look at the company you keep now. Soon it may be your own.
Editors note: Amanda isn’t a Moms Demand Action member. She’s with Nebraskans Against Gun Violence.