There are so many problems with this piece, and Ms. Haldeman's opinions about law-abiding citizens exercising the right to bear arms to defend themselves and their families. I suppose I can go point-by-point...
“The group, the brainchild of an indignant Indiana woman...“ Watts is a former Monsanto PR executive currently funded by Bloomberg.
“membership has swelled to almost 130,000 people...“ Having a list of email addresses in not the same thing as having members.
“There have been 30 school shootings in the United States since Newtown...“ Unlikely. The few that have occurred were psychopaths targeting kids they knew were defenseless in “Gun Free” schools.
“The statistics are sobering. A recent World Health Organization study found that Americans have 88 guns per 100 people...“ This is “sobering”? Why?
“there are about 10 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people” No. Actually there are about 4.7/100K. If you exclude cities that ban guns (e.g. Chicago & DC) this number drops to about 2/100K, similar to UK and Canadian rates.
“a child is shot in this country every 30 minutes...” Only if you consider 18-24 y/o gang members killing themselves over drugs to be “children”.
"I remind business owners: You're not prohibiting a human," she says. "You're prohibiting a weapon." You are encouraging encroaching on the fundamental rights of Americans. The right to bear arms derives from the right to life – we all have a right and responsibility to defend ourselves.
"We've had 30 years of an unchecked gun lobby creating the narrative in this country" True. This explains murderous “Gun Free Zones” and pointless “Assault Weapons Bans”. It is past time to eliminate these bad laws that only punish the law-abiding.
“The group now has 10 full-time staff members in North Carolina” Really? If true, they must be funded by Bloomberg. We don't need New York gun control in NC.
"It's kind of sad" Yes. It is sad that misguided people think that disarming people protects them.
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