The research director for Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control advocacy group co-founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, recently refused to appear for an on-air debate with longtime gun law researcher John Lott on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”“When there’s a credible scientist — somebody who wants to have a real constructive conversation about this, we’re going to be there,” researcher Ted Alcorn said. “But folks who seek to minimize the issue of gun violence, the grave issue of gun violence in this country or to draw attention away from the real issues to themselves — that’s not a conversation that I think is productive to be a part of.”
We have seen done by Shannon Watts since she started cultivating her astroturf. Then again, Mr. Alcorn according to his Linkedin profile, is basically a filmmaker and not truly a scholar in the arts of research. A debate against Dr. Lott would have been like tossing a 4-year-old in a mosh pit.
What is really sad is that he “Filmed testimonies in-country with genocide survivors for use in a video archive and educational program” but the lessons of the genocide seem to have gone over his head at Mach 5.
Astroturf pays well, I guess.