Friday, February 17, 2012

The Bradys - The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight

The Brady Bunch aka the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (sic) is confused. They don't seem to know who leads their organization.

On February 6th, they announced with great fanfare that Dan Gross had been "elected" President of the Brady Campaign.
Washington, D.C. – The Board of Trustees of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center today announced that Dan Gross, the co-founder and Executive Director of the Center to Prevent Youth Violence (formerly PAX), has been elected the new President of the nation’s largest gun violence prevention organizations....

Dan Gross replaces Paul Helmke, a lawyer and former Mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, who stepped down July 10, 2011. Dennis Henigan, Vice President for Law and Policy at Brady, served as acting president in the interim.
They even got USA Today to buy into Gross being elected as opposed to hired and Paul Helmke stepping down as opposed to the reality of not having his contract renewed.
Youth anti-violence advocate Daniel Gross has been elected to head the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center, the Washington-based organization promoting gun control plans to announce Monday...

Gross is cofounder and executive director of the Center to Prevent Youth Violence and was elected to the Brady post by the organization's board of trustees. He replaces former Brady president Paul Helmke, former mayor of Fort Wayne, Ind., who announced in June he would step down on July 10. Helmke's resignation followed a five-year commitment he'd made to serve the organization starting in 2006.
So it was interesting to read the February 16th press release where the Brady Campaign announced their 2011 state-by-state "scorecard" which ranks states on the degree of oppressiveness of their gun control regime. It had this tidbit in it.
"Guns don't fall from the sky into the hands of criminals," said Brady Acting President Dennis Henigan. "All too often, crime guns come from gun dealers in the states that stubbornly refuse to enact common sense, lifesaving gun laws. Every day, a river of illegal guns flows out of the states with weak gun laws, victimizing families in states that are doing their best to protect their residents. It is no accident that the states with the weakest gun laws are the exporters of death and injury."
Has Dan Gross said to himself after being on the job 10 days "Omigod! I can't take any more of these losers! It is worse than I expected and I wasn't expecting much." Or is it that the memo that the Bradys have a new president just not get out to all their PR staffers? Regardless, I'm glad they remain the gang that couldn't shoot straight.

1 comment:

  1. The hook for the Brady report is, "California continues to blaze legislative trails in adopting lifesaving gun laws, rising to a high of 81 points (out of a possible 100) on the 2011 Brady State Scorecard rankings, while too many states remain in the Zero-Sum Club with the weakest gun laws, the Brady Campaign announced today."

    What they DON'T announce is that California is the ONLY state that gained points, from 80 to 81, while fourteen states passed enough gun-rights legislation to DROP a total of 33 points.

    The times they are a'changin.