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Posted: 4/30/2001 11:57:40 AM EDT
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 11:58:13 AM EDT
(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 12:06:06 PM EDT
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 1:47:04 PM EDT
the face if a kinder gentler (more kiniveing) enemy.
Link Posted: 4/30/2001 3:13:21 PM EDT
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 7:25:02 PM EDT
A dot-commer with billions?  I thought all those wankers were *losing* billions, not making them.
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