Brady Campaign flip flops on gun bans

Back in June, the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said on MSNBC, “nobody says we have to ban guns.”

Fast-forward seven months, when the Brady Campaign released a set of policy recommendations after the Newtown, Conn. massacre that specifically included a call to “limit the availability of military-style weapons.”

Brady Campaign President Dan Gross made that first comment during a heated exchange with TheBlaze’s S.E. Cupp on June 14, who had said: “After a big shooting like Gabby Giffords or Trayvon Martin, there is huge hysteria and paranoia about guns and ‘we have to ban guns.’”

“No! Nobody says we have to ban guns,” Gross replied. “Show me one word that’s ever come out of my mouth or the mouth of the Brady Campaign.”

That day apparently came Jan. 11, with the Brady Campaign’s policy recommendations to the White House.

“The obvious irony here is that when it comes to gun control it’s always the same, the message is always, ‘no one wants to take your guns away,’ the message is always, ‘the paranoid gun nuts are overreacting,’” Cupp told TheBlaze Friday. “Where are we? We’re talking about an assault weapons ban. Dianne Feinstein’s actually proposed one. It’s not like these things are imagined or happening in our heads. These are actual realities and it doesn’t even take that long to see them come to fruition. I mean, that clip was just last year.”

A representative from the Brady Campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • slackwarerobert

    No, the irony is there are no assault weapons in feinteins assault weapons ban bill. They should move the hearing into VA, then take one of her “banned” guns, and shoot obamas limo. Then take a gun not banned and shoot the limo. That way these idiots will see the weapons they want to ban are way less powerful than others, they just look better.