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Posted: 4/30/2001 10:57:40 AM EST
This group sounds like it is trying to pull the same crap attempted a few years ago by the AFA (American Firearms Association). [url]www.vcdl.org/afa.htm[/url] The difference this time is that there is a sugar daddy willing to finance the propaganda campaign of hate. Mogul gives gun-control issue a shot in the arm Many advocates critical of efforts By Juliet Eilperin The Washington Post April 29, 2001 WASHINGTON Last summer, Andrew McKelvey decided he knew how to break the impasse in the gun-control debate: Acknowledge Americans' right to own guns, but say that these rights come with responsibilities. If he had been an ordinary gadfly, McKelvey might have gone unnoticed. But as the owner of Monster.com, the job search Web site, the billionaire New York businessman used his wealth to position himself at the center of the gun-control movement--and to emerge as its dominant force. The ascent of his advocacy group, Americans for Gun Safety, has transformed the national debate over guns. McKelvey's supporters hail him as a potential savior who can attract a broader constituency to the gun-control cause. But many longtime advocates of tougher gun-control laws charge that his endorsement of gun ownership is dooming the gun-control movement by watering down its message. No one questions McKelvey's influence. His group's $3 million advertising campaign in Colorado and Oregon helped propel to victory in November ballot initiatives seeking background checks at gun shows. His staff is now helping craft a new gun show proposal on the federal level that Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) plan to unveil within a matter of weeks. A political novice, McKelvey, 66, used his personal fortune to assemble a formidable political network that gave him access to policymakers and made his organization a critical contributor to state gun-control groups. He also hired top officials from the Clinton administration and Republican congressional aides. McKelvey says his group is simply being pragmatic. "I try to work on things in which we can have some results," he says.
Link Posted: 4/30/2001 10:58:13 AM EST
(cont.) The group is running ads in favor of closing the gun show "loophole," which allows people in 32 states to buy weapons at gun shows without undergoing background checks, and providing tens of thousands of dollars in funding for state groups. Despite the shot in the arm Americans for Gun Safety has given to the gun show issue, many advocates of stricter gun laws are critical of McKelvey's efforts. Violence Policy Center public policy director Joe Sudbay notes that the group's focus on gun shows addresses just a small part of a much larger problem. He says McKelvey is using his money to try to get cash-strapped state gun-control advocacy groups to support his middle-of-the-road approach--at the risk of undermining the broader gun-control effort. McKelvey offered $60,000 to any state group willing to become a "chapter" of his organization. Although many of these affiliates balked once they discovered that the organization's mission statement endorses gun ownership, McKelvey let them keep the one-year grants. "I think he was trying to do a hostile takeover of the gun-control movement," Sudbay says. At the moment, however, gun-rights advocates aren't clamoring to embrace McKelvey's approach. His overtures to some of Capitol Hill's most staunch conservatives have been rebuffed. The May issue of the National Rifle Association's magazine features a caricature of McKelvey with the caption, "The New Gun Haters Have Arrived . . . With the Same Old Scheme."
Link Posted: 4/30/2001 11:06:06 AM EST
you cook a frog by slowly turning up the heat........... This is only the beginning{thats said alot,isn't it?}when he wins over people with the watered down gun control,he will then push stronger laws and agendas
Link Posted: 4/30/2001 12:47:04 PM EST
the face if a kinder gentler (more kiniveing) enemy.
Link Posted: 4/30/2001 2:13:21 PM EST
Just another anti to add to the boycott list. Use what influence you have to get everyone to boycott monster.com... and write them to tell them why.
Link Posted: 4/30/2001 6:25:02 PM EST
A dot-commer with billions? I thought all those wankers were *losing* billions, not making them.
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