Emily Keown, a volunteer with Mom’s Demand Action, went straight to the Austin-American Statesman with a OpEd that claimed the Never Met Her video was a direct threat to her.
In the short film, an actress portraying a leader in the fight against guns on campus at UT-Austin is shot and killed by a burglar after she watches someone interviewing gun violence prevention advocates like myself. Then, after the actress is shot point blank, the camera pans to the wall behind her, where a Moms Demand Action sign is splattered with blood… Since the video came out, I’ve considered my options. I’m a mom of two. And while I want to fight tooth and nail against the men who made this video to intimidate and scare gun violence prevention volunteers like me, I must put my kids’ safety first. It’s a careful balance.
I doubt that a reasonable person watching the video would consider it threat to any member of MDA. Nobody in MDA was named. There was no dialog suggesting that a member of Cocks Not Glocks, or any other anti-gun organization, be killed for their political beliefs.
It expressed, in no unclear terms, that advertising your home as a gun free zone and being armed with only a synthetic phallus is an invitation to and not a defense from criminals. But “reasonable” is not a word one associates with Social Justice types. This satirical short film is now something Ms. Keown can use for sympathy support and victim credibility. Even if she is not a victim.
The vast majority of gun owners support common-sense gun laws, and I suspect that most of them would be just as horrified as I am that the people who claim to be their voice in the statehouse are such a radical, threatening group… I hope that any legislators who watch this video will consider the history of threats and violence against gun safety advocates in our state. I hope they ask themselves how they’d feel if it was their mother, wife, sister or daughter portrayed in this misogynistic and menacing film.
I don’t know of what common sense gun laws MDA has ever supported, we seem to have different definitions of common sense. Cocks Not Glocks is a childish protest that really doesn’t make any sense at all. Their message is … ? … I’m not sure. There really is no parallel with guns and dildos, at least to the thinking person. Not to mention that I am nearly 100% sure that the same caliber of person who supports Cocks Not Glocks is also a protester of campus rape culture, and that if a fraternity whipped out a bunch of dildos at a party, these same people would work to have the fraternity kicked off campus and the students expelled for a Title IX violation. The video is not misogynist, at least according to the conventional definition of the term, but they will use any chance to throw out a -ism or -ist to signal some “bad think.” Of course, the film is not menacing either, by any definition.
But crybullies cry, that is what they do. Never mind that they impugned the character of every person who supports campus concealed carry. Never mind that they suggested we’d kill our professors over bad grades, we’d kill our professors and fellow students because they discussed something in class we disagreed with, we’d mass murder LGBT students who demand we use their preferred pronouns, campus carry would make us into rapists, or we’re just murder happy people who are only held at bay because of a paragraph in a student code of conduct. Never mind all of that, they are the real victims. One would think that if everything they said about us was true, they’d suffer far worse than a satirical YouTube video… but they are’t going to question that.
Of course, being a crybully, Ms. Keown got what she wanted. Outrage and the demand for censorship.
MDA: “You people are a bunch of crazy, racist wannabe rapists and killers.”
CCW: “But I passed a background check and can carry most places in TX, why is a public college in the middle of a city any different.”
MDA: “Here’s a giant rubber penis to make you understand why you are so terrible.”
CCW: “I don’t get it. Besides, your point is stupid, here’s why (video).”
MDA: “You threatened to kill me. You should be banned.”
MDA: “We scored a victory for common sense.”
And yet the crybullies say that we will be the death of civil discourse. They are truly awful people.