Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Apparatchiks

BY Herschel Smith
9 years, 4 months ago

I had a rather protracted conversation with someone who writes under the nom de guerre Tommy Gnosis.  Not that I care that deeply, but something sounded strange about the comments, like they had no particular bearing, were inconsistent, or feinted support for individual rights but didn’t do a good job of hiding the fact that it was all just a distraction.

So I did a little bit of research.  Tommy Gnosis is someone named Jennifer Mascia, who has her own web site.  In fact, she was one of the authors of the now defunct “The Gun Report” for the New York Times.  Recall that report?  That awful, hideous, dreary rundown of shootings every day?  As if all we have to do is remove those awful guns from society and sin goes away because evil is located in things rather than the heart of man (a noted neo-Platonic and stoic view).

Anyway, I did an IP trace and found that the address was owned by Bloomberg.  It makes sense, since I also found out that she works for Bloomberg via Everytown For Gun Safety.  Her Disqus account is active, and features snark, misdirects, sarcasm, insults, and most of all, prose designed to demoralize and demonstrate the complete impotence of whatever group she is berating at the moment.  The prose is designed to cause depression and dejection.

Here is the lesson.  Bloomberg is paying her to visit web sites – particularly gun rights web sites – and spread discontent and dejection.  Some in our own camp do this too, even if unintentionally (and some in “our own camp” [wink …] may do it intentionally).  It’s like listening to a sarcastic Eeyore scream “my tail fell off, and yours will too.”  There is no happiness, no satisfaction, no humor, no joy.  Such is the mind of a Bloomberg apparatchik.  Learn from it.  Don’t fall into the trap of depression or compromise.  Gun rights is winning.  The enemy’s actions prove it.

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  1. On March 6, 2015 at 6:46 am, UNCLEELMO said:

    This jives perfectly with Sharyll Atkisson’s recent work on Astroturf organizations. That is, organizations or movements that have minority support making efforts to swing public opinion to align with their agenda by purposely attempting to appear larger than they actually are.
    It also validates her article on ‘Top Ten Astroturf Organizations’, which ranked Moms Demand Action/ Bloomberg’s ‘Everytown’ campaign Number One.

    The Alinskyites are working overtime at influencing the unwashed masses.

  2. On March 6, 2015 at 7:39 am, MattBracken said:

    It’s no surprise that the anti-freedom jackboot-licking Constitution-hating side needs to be paid to post troll bait.

  3. On March 6, 2015 at 10:14 am, Billy Mullins said:

    I would disagree with that assessment, Matt, if only to the extent that I do not believe that the other side “needs” to have paid trolls. I do not believe that they so much “need” the paid trolls as WANT them and are willing to fund such activities in their concerted campaign against liberty. If I had access to the sort of discretionary funds which Bloomberg possesses, I would not hesitate to use some of those resources in such a way. This is a battle for the hearts and minds not only of the masses but of people who might be supportive of the struggle for liberty. Remember Tolkein’s story about Saurman. He was the wisest and arguably the most powerful of the beings referred to as Wizards. Saruman’s downfall came because he used the orthanc stone. The enemy’s choice of weapons against Sauron was DESPAIR. Despair leads to apathy. By trying to sow despair the enemy wants to reduce the effectiveness of those who would oppose them.

  4. On March 6, 2015 at 9:46 am, gamegetter II said:

    Bloomberg’s minions have been doing this for a couple of years-at least sine he couldn’t buy another term as mayor of NYC. w

    The whackos from moms demand action and everytown for gun safety do the same thing regularly.

    Don’t forget-Shannon Watts worked in PR and advertising for some large firms,like Monsanto,and she’s got plenty of experience at organizing groups for planting comments on blogs and websites.

  5. On March 6, 2015 at 9:52 am, K@CSG said:

    I expect that there is a lot more of this “strategy” being employed than we realize. Nice catch Herschel, thanks for putting it out there…

  6. On March 6, 2015 at 10:05 am, Roger V. Tranfaglia said:

    I recently came across such a “person” on a pro2nd site. Their comment did not make sense, stood out like a sore thumb among the others. So I baited my reply….sure enough meaness, name calling,stupidity………………
    ………What the hell is a penis extender?…

  7. On March 6, 2015 at 8:37 pm, Ned Weatherby said:

    I think it’s known as Viagra.

  8. On March 8, 2015 at 12:37 am, Cameraman said:

    Barry Obamas Lips!!!

  9. On March 6, 2015 at 10:56 am, yardbird1947 said:

    I suspect that Bloomberg has a ‘strike team’ standing by to respond to the next shooting event. They will be on the scene asap and will take control of the media. They are also fully capable of blocking true news reports. Note that the first images of the young teacher killed at Sandy Hook were in camo. Then the camo images disappeared and a the teacher in a party dress was substituted. And how many images of a young Trevon Martin do we see?

  10. On March 6, 2015 at 11:29 am, knuckdm . said:

    We recently had a shooting in Denver,Colorado. Young girl,around seventeen,drove a stolen car straight at the cops ,and lo and behold, got shot dead. The picture used in the local paper,was of a ten or eleven year old. Same crap as Trayvon and the Ferguson ,Mike. Deliberate misinformation and misrepresentation. Get used to the bullshit coming at you.

  11. On March 6, 2015 at 11:51 am, yardbird1947 said:

    “Get used to the bullshit coming at you” is not enough. We need to be skillful at countering it. Teach the youth to shoot, safely. Teach the youth about the Constitution.

  12. On March 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm, Mr Evilwrench said:

    I live in the next town over from Shannon Watts. Three of the four of us in this house have lifetime licenses to carry. The other is 12, so he’s not quite old enough yet, but we’ve already had him shooting. I’ve been taking him through the Bill of Rights, and there will be more. Much more.

  13. On March 6, 2015 at 11:43 am, StukaPilot said:

    WeaponsMan and others have lately done a nice job flow-charting the various gun-grab nodes. It all flows back to Soros, Bloomberg and other globalist billionaire oligarchs. Who know they can’t win unless they disarm and kill every man and woman who wants freedom. Sucks to be Them; when their DollarPonzi collapses, I don’t think the oligarchs and their stooge politicians are going to be at all safe on their private i$lands and Paraguayan e$tancias

  14. On March 6, 2015 at 12:01 pm, pjb1 said:

    Indeed. Hope they enjoy living in their holes and stewing in their own juices, assuming these are not taken by opportunistic gangs in the area, or outraged peons with pitchforks and/or battle rifles.

    This kind of behavior is predictable. Everybody acts in his own interest, and it’s not in the interest of the ruling class to have armed peons. But they cannot disarm us, because any such attempt is clearly an act of war, and they don’t want to trigger that. Sucks to be them…

  15. On March 6, 2015 at 11:51 am, Ned Weatherby said:

    It’s interesting how a visit to her above-linked website indicates “comments off.” This is typical of the Prozi faction. I’m surprised her Disqus account isn’t private. And you’re right – she uses misdirection, and latches on to points (that go over her head) like a bulldog and won’t let go. After looking at her Disqus comments, here’s a short list of what I see:

    Acts as if something seems true, it must BE true; changes the subject; focuses on an unrelated point in a post; Drawing attention to herself, and her situation; Gets emotional, changes focus; utilizes ecological fallacies in her arguments; tries to put commenters on the defensive, via changing the subject, hurling accusations; and, insinuating that her personal experiences (if true) make matters the same everywhere, or mean more than others experiences and observations.

    She lives in NYC,
    formerly lived in Southern California, (her Twitter profile states “New Yorker for life) and is, or was, an
    editorial assistant for the slowly rotting New York Times. My experience
    with New Yawckers and left coasters is, they tend to believe
    everything’s the same everywhere, or should be the same, as in NYC or LA. She claims NYPD can “stop you at any
    time, for any reason, and arrest you if you remind them of your 4th.”
    (Which I presume is more bullshit, and that she supports that
    type of police power, as it was her boss for Everytown who
    appealed the judge’s ruling that “stop and frisk” was unconstitutional.) Cognitive dissonance much?
    So her crocodile tears for “we have tried to fight them” are as genuine as she being an actual “journalist” for
    writing opinion pieces and a book about her father the mobster/murderer.

    She continues: “I’m sure it’s the
    same in other cities.” She’s sure. That citizens will have their asses
    tossed in jail for mentioning Article 4 of the Bill of Rights. Yet she also states: “We remind them of the 4th all the time.” Really? How many times, then, has she been arrested?

    identified as a “journalist” in the TED
    article. What a hoot. Her Wiki bio states she’s an “editorial
    assistant.” She appears to be in the same league as most Prozi
    “journalists/opinion writers” and can’t state actual facts without
    filtering everything through her “daddy was a mobster and murderer” colored

    In the TED article she also states: “I’ve now joined up with Everytown for Gun Safety, which was started by Michael Bloomberg. We’re launching a news blog in December, which is just gun news. Like “The Gun Report,” but much bigger.” I wonder where that blog is? I can’t find it. And if “The Gun Report” was truly such a hit at the New York Times, why didn’t Jen start it up on a website after the Times phased it out?

    Here’s links to some older posts regarding paid trolls:


    In sum, since daddy was a murderer, she wrote a book about it, and her experience with and writing about guns seems an awful lot like projection.

  16. On March 6, 2015 at 2:50 pm, eskyman said:

    Her Disqus account is now private. Maybe she’s reading this blog! If so, I hope she learned something… but I very much doubt it.

  17. On March 6, 2015 at 8:59 pm, Ned Weatherby said:

    That’s funny – and like you said, it’s likely due to Herschel’s fisking. What’s even funnier, she’s supposed to be a journalist. If your Disqus account is private, you can’t have any followers – not that she had but three anyway. Seems lame for a journalist.

  18. On March 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm, Archer said:

    So in short, she’s a mobster/murderer’s-daughter-turned-SJW with daddy issues, a severely myopic view of American culture, and a nasty case of projection.

    Sounds like she needs some epic-level therapy more than she needs a NYT- and Bloomberg-funded loudspeaker.

  19. On March 6, 2015 at 8:35 pm, Ned Weatherby said:

    “So in short, she’s a mobster/murderer’s-daughter-turned-SJW with daddy
    issues, a severely myopic view of American culture, and a nasty case of

    I think you nailed it more succinctly than I did. I figured it was worth following Herschel’s links to check out “Tommy Gnosis” and toss out my 2 cents worth.

    Seems eskyman noticed she also made her Disqus account private. Perhaps Herschel busted her chops a little too publicly. Crawly things typically can’t stand the light of day, and go scurrying for cover.

    Funny she would go private with a handle like Tommy Gnosis. Gnosis is a Greek term for knowledge. Adopting a nom de plume meaning “knowledge”, it appears to me that “narcissist” should also be added to her profile. Perhaps she should consider adding this to her bio: “My superiority complex is better than your superiority complex.”

  20. On March 9, 2015 at 12:20 am, Sparafucile said:

    “SJW”? Social Justice Warrior???

  21. On March 9, 2015 at 9:43 am, Josh said:

    Yes, SJW’s are otherwise known as Social Justice Warriors.

    Check your privilege, you white, cis scum! /sacrasm

  22. On March 12, 2015 at 11:46 am, Archer said:

    Yes, Social Justice Warrior. Someone who projects the blame for their personal difficulties on society in general and demands justice, (in many cases) restitution, and fundamental societal change in order to make themselves feel better about their own crappy situation.

  23. On March 6, 2015 at 12:05 pm, pjb1 said:

    Fortunately, whenever this comes up (either by provocateurs or by ignoramuses who act as a provocateur would act), all you have to do is to identify it as defeatism and tell the person to stop licking boots in public. That seems to knock out such an attack pretty effectively.

  24. On March 6, 2015 at 1:16 pm, aceofwands said:

    You can also send them here.

    How to Deal With the Brainwashed

    “The modern young leftist is a weak, wretched, psychotic creature, at once
    nasty and cowardly. Notice how these bespectacled, bearded nerdlings didn’t have one shred of bravado until they had the full weight of the government, media, and academia on their side. They are the sort of cowards who were terrified to make a peep until it was absolutely risk-free. They are extremely bold—at least behind a keyboard—until
    directly confronted when there’s no crowd around to protect them. A lone earthworm has more spine than any hundred of them.”

  25. On March 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm, pjb1 said:

    Thanks for chasing this down and exposing the tactic, by the way.

  26. On March 6, 2015 at 2:48 pm, silver cowboy said:

    I often wonder if people can’t see or don’t want to see. It is plainly obvious that they are small but making noise as if they have some other credibility that doesn’t exist. worse yet, is the tactic endorsed and also practiced by AG Holder to “shame, denigrate and promote fear” of guns and those that have them, except the special ones (police and Federal Agents)

  27. On March 6, 2015 at 5:36 pm, gamegetter II said:

    Don’t forget Holder’s plan to gain support for gun control-

    “We just have to be repetitive about this. It’s not enough to
    have a catchy ad on a Monday and then only do it every Monday. We
    have to do this every day of the week and just really brainwash
    people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”

  28. On March 7, 2015 at 7:31 am, Jennifer Mascia said:

    Hi Herschel,

    I am not paid to comment here, or anywhere, nor have I ever been. There is no “tactic.” I have never worked for a political organization or a nonprofit, only media companies, and before that, restaurants. No one at Everytown knows I comment here. I actually don’t work with the advocacy arm of Everytown. The news site will be staffed with journalists, not lobbyists. We have zero to do with elections or phone banks. We won’t be working with Everytown staffers. We will do no lobbying, as mandated by our tax code. The rules are very strict and the process is transparent. It will be an extension of the Gun Report – which, though some here may think was dreary, was well-received and highly regarded. It was only “dreary” because so many people were shot each day – 120 incidents, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Sadly, many of us are so used to violence that we’re numb to it.

    I never insulted anyone. I never employed “snark, misdirects, sarcasm, insults, and most of all, prose designed to demoralize and demonstrate the complete impotence of whatever group she is berating at the moment.” I never berated a group. I responded to individual commenters, and corrected the vast amount of misinformation some of them posted with news reports, links and quotes, just like I do every day on Twitter with everyone who tweets at me. It’s all public record. And I was hardly the only one trying to discuss the facts – others challenged the commenters, too, and were shot down with snark, misdirects, sarcasm and insults. Just look for yourselves; everyone’s Disqus comments remain at the end of each post. The insults and sarcasm did not come from the “libtards.” The only conclusion I can make from the falsehoods written here is that the author of this post is trying to drum up anger among his readership by mischaracterizing my words in public, and I know that can’t possibly be the case, because that would be libel.

    In fact, I was the one who received unprovoked, mean-spirited insults. I saved records and screengrabs of all of it, and I flagged many comments for removal because they were profane and bordered on hate speech. I was told I don’t love my country; who cares what I say because I live in New York; I don’t want women to defend themselves (it was always a man saying that); that “feminazis” were bullies and lesbians and a threat to humanity; that homophobia was “invented” to engender sympathy for their “cause”; “Guns are the only thing we have to defend our liberty, deter government tyranny( ala Obama) and people like you…”; that opening fire on the president and L.E.O. and our troops (!) was O.K. if they’re trying to take people’s guns – something that no one in this country, left right or center, ever foresees happening; that I don’t deserve my rights unless I am willing to stand up to the NYPD every single day for infringing on every New Yorker’s 4th amendment right, because otherwise it’s like when “blacks were sent to the back of the bus” (I still have no idea what that means); I was called a “turd” in response to a report I quoted; I was told all mass shooters from the last two decades were registered Democrats, which is really easy to disprove – in fact, concealed-carry permit holders have been involved in 26 mass shootings in the last 6 years; “You are so full of propaganda and outrageous, illogical false statements it’s scary – I hope they’re keeping you locked up and on meds” (a strangely heated response when I quoted a statistic); I am a “libtard” for saying liberals own guns too (they do); “liberalism has been diagnosed and recognized as a mental illness”; I am “using” gun violence victims to make my point (when my point was only that there shouldn’t be more gun violence victims); I must be an elitist because I don’t want guns in the hands of the mentally ill (I doubt anyone here wants guns in the hands of the mentally ill, and I am the farthest thing from an elitist there is).

    I read the n-word and the f-word (referring to gay people) so often it stunned me, because I didn’t think people still used such hateful language in public. When Latoya A. Andrews, 33, who is black, was murdered by her ex, along with two of their children and Andrews’s boyfriend in Georgia a few weeks ago, the comments at the bottom of that post on Fox News were horrifying:

    • “Well, with names like Cedric and Latoya, the rest just explains itself…”
    • “They missed the evolutionary step that would have advanced them beyond mud huts way back! The ONLY contributions the species has made to humanity involved whips and chains to get it out of them. But truly, this is not their fault. It is OUR fault for expecting them to function like fully evolved, civilized humans…and then still being surprised after hundreds of years when they cannot!”
    • “I know it’s the White man making the black people do it.”
    • “When you got a “Cedrik” these days, I’m not thinking Anglo, and “Latoya” ain’t Irish.”
    • “There is a problem with the black culture and nobody wants to admit it. These types of crimes are not perpetrated by other ethnic groups. It’s not just here. Look at the entire continent of Africa. It’s completely torn apart and at constant war. 2000 years after the Romans, and they can’t even keep running water.”
    • “Was the shooters name Jamal Latarius Jefferson?”
    • “The news people don’t give that kind of information unless it helps get viewers. All the big news networks are owned n operated by Jews. Whatever makes the $$$$ is the Jew way.”
    • “Mark Glaze [the former president of Everytown] is a sickening homosexual anti gun freak, that should be exterminated.” (This was not in response to a comment but to the shooting story.)
    • “The wife I can understand, but not the kids.”
    • “Somebody cooking some bad meth there or what?”
    • “One word, DRUGS.”

    In reality, Latoya’s ex-husband was probably mentally ill, and they argued about money before he opened fire, even as his children begged him not to. His sister was heard screaming at the scene, “My brother should have never had a gun!” The comments were so hateful that a family member left one at the top:

    IrmaAbbott Feb 9, 2015
    “If there is one thing in this life that I love its the fact that GOD gave me a heart that loves everybody. I don’t judge because we ALL have a cross to bear. I don’t speak ill will because I understand the power that lies within my words. I don’t throw the race card because I believe that all of our blood runs red and my mother never thought us to see color in that way. The fact that a family (doesn’t matter whether its black, white or green) life has been shortened at the hands of someone who was obviously in need of help mentally, and all of yours comments have been about race, guns, and drugs. How many have taken the time to see the real seriousness behind this matter. 2 children are now without their mother. Im not saying this because the 15 yr old in this case just happens to be my niece but Im just wondering how many will pray for her. How many will put away their judgmental thoughts if not but for 30 minutes to send a prayer and support to two children who are still fighting for their lives. I don’t know either of you but I do believe you are better than what you are portraying to be in your comments.”

    After reading that, I changed my avatar to a photo of Latoya and her children, because they were an innocent family – not drug addicts or criminals – and they were shot to death. The things gun-rights activists write on these sites offend people, and the last thing this woman needed was hate speech when she lost four family members. This is the invective that I, and everyone who tries to discuss this issue, am subjected to, without provocation.

    It’s strange that the author of this post accused me of doing the exact things these commenters did. And none of the commenters who insulted me used their real names. I was the only one who did. I changed it to Tommy Gnosis last week – a character from one of my favorite musicals; Gnosis means knowledge in Greek – when I saw that no one on Disqus used their real names, but I changed it back this morning because someone accused me of “hiding.” That’s silly; I have nothing to hide. I have posted under my real first and last name for many years with this account. One commenter who threatened to “out” me this morning uses as his Twitter and Disqus avatar the mug shot of a black man from a random sheriff’s office. I can’t think of anything more insulting. And why would he hide? I’m not.

    The vast majority of the nation’s gun owners don’t comment here. But 92% of them are in favor of universal background checks, as are 3/4 of NRA members. The numbers are overwhelmingly on their side. Only 32% of Americans own guns, and that number is dropping every year. My family members own guns; they store them safely and keep the ammo far from children, and they follow the four basic safety rules that everyone who handles a gun should know by heart. I’ve gone shooting with friends, and I’m a good shot. I plan to go more often. I have nothing against guns. I have nothing against chemical weapons or molotov cocktails or nukes, either, but some things aren’t meant for civilians. And the majority of America feels the same way.

    I’ve had pleasant exchanges with some of you, in which there’s been information-sharing and mutual understanding. When that happens, it’s great. But it has not happened often enough. It shouldn’t be this way. We are all Americans and we should be able to talk about this reasonably, with no hate speech or racism or sexism or insults. That continues to be my hope.

  29. On March 7, 2015 at 8:09 am, Joe Mama said:

    “…92% of them are in favor of universal background checks, as are 3/4 of
    NRA members.”
    “Only 32% of
    Americans own guns, and that number is dropping every year.”

    Sigh, same old misinformation. Note there is no source citation, I wonder why?

  30. On March 7, 2015 at 8:38 am, Jennifer Mascia said:

    Here are several sources, from 2012, 2013 and 2014. The polls vary by a few percentage points, depending on the year:

  31. On March 7, 2015 at 8:57 am, Joe Mama said:

    That’s precious. I can do that too:

  32. On March 7, 2015 at 9:12 am, Jennifer Mascia said:

    None of these links bolster your point.

    • Both Ammoland pieces are opinion, not news.
    • The HuffPo piece was before Sandy Hook; things changed afterward.
    • The National Review piece is opinion and does not discuss the percent of gun owners and NRA members who back universal background checks that I quoted; he talks about the percentage who support a ban on semi-automatic weapons. I did not address semi-automatic weapons in my post; I talked only about background checks.
    • The WBOC piece also does not discuss the percent of gun owners and NRA members who back universal background checks that I quoted; it talks about private handgun sales, which I never mentioned in my post.
    • The Daily Caller piece is about a poll sponsored by a gun lobby, and anyway, it says: “92 percent of Americans agree that the states should submit all records of persons federally prohibited from owning a firearm to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check Systems (NICS), passing legislation if needed.” So it actually bolsters my point, though I don’t trust polls from any special interests, left or right – Gallup and Pew are what I tend to read.
    • The Media Matters piece criticizes a Pew poll that found that support for gun RIGHTS is going up because the poll was flawed, and that conservatives shouldn’t be touting it in the media, which they did. It wasn’t about background checks, but gun rights, and it actually bolsters my point even more. I don’t think you meant to include that one.
    • The IBD piece does not discuss the percent of gun owners and NRA members who back universal background checks that I quoted; it’s about something else entirely.

  33. On March 7, 2015 at 12:06 pm, Joe Mama said:

    Oh they bolster my point – you just choose not to admit it.

  34. On March 7, 2015 at 10:24 pm, DirtyMick said:

    The reality of this situation is you’re just another fucking clown (add that to your list of insults you’ve been called). The problem with you anti 2A types is at the end of the day you would like to see the forced confiscation of law abiding citizens firearms. Just admit it. Pretty please.

  35. On March 9, 2015 at 5:32 pm, Hangun Pro said:

    They just want to outlaw guns for all but the rich and connected.

  36. On March 8, 2015 at 11:58 pm, AntiCitzenOne said:

    “The Media Matters piece criticizes a Pew poll that found that support
    for gun RIGHTS is going up because the poll was flawed, and that
    conservatives shouldn’t be touting it in the media”

    Yet that same question has been asked over and over again in the past, and now media matters thinks the question is flawed. Now that’s really odd.

  37. On March 9, 2015 at 12:13 am, AntiCitzenOne said:

    “The Media Matters piece criticizes a Pew poll that found that support
    for gun RIGHTS is going up because the poll was flawed, and that
    conservatives shouldn’t be touting it in the media”

    that same question has been asked over and over again in the past, and
    now media matters thinks the question is flawed. Now that’s really odd.

  38. On March 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm, Joe Mama said:

    Well, well, well. Look what the gun banner did. She changed her Disqus name from Jennifer Mascia to guest. I wonder, was it because your daddy was a mob hit man that murdered at least 6 people?

  39. On March 8, 2015 at 2:35 am, Josh said:

    This comment is everything one could ever dream for in a textbook Social Justice Warrior Internet comment.

    It’s got it all. It covers every single base. Allegations of sexism, racism and victim-blaming. Misdirection and off-topic ranting. I mean, Jennifer, you’ve gotten yourself way into the weeds on this one. You’ve reposted comments made by random strangers on other websites. Why would you do that? What relevance could those possibly have? They illustrate that people called you names and disagreed with you online. Welcome to the Internet. It seems you’re new here…

    You don’t need to martyr yourself. You don’t need to convince anyone that you’ve been called names before – we’ve all been called names too, and none of us has ever taken to a stranger’s blog to pen a diatribe about it.

    You’re tossing around heavy words such as “libel,” and “treason,” with absolutely no cause. And not to stray too far off-topic, but this country was born of traitors. They called them “patriots.” Guns are absolutely the last defense against tyranny, and that has nothing especially to do with Obama, as you’ve suggested this readership believes. He’ll have left office in short order and we’ll have voted ourselves yet another puppet on false pretenses. And you’re wrong: A good many I this country ABSOLUTELY want forced confiscation. I’ve heard it and read it with my own ears. That is the endgame. You’re just wrong on that, and I think you know it.

    Now, to get back on topic, no one cares that’s someone called you a name and you took a screenshot to document the molestation of your dignity. No one cares that you think you were “libeled” for being called out for posting anti-2A comments from a corporate network owned by Bloomberg, your apparent employer.

    Honestly? We already know you (general). We’ve seen you coming for decades. We’re way, way ahead of you. You won’t have our guns. If you try to take them – ANY of them – you’ll have war.

    Is that what you want? Do you want war?

    Or do you just want to rage on the Internet?

  40. On March 8, 2015 at 8:34 am, Jennifer Mascia said:

    I am a writer. Nothing more. No reason to freak out. Peace.

  41. On March 9, 2015 at 12:18 am, Sparafucile said:

    I see — so you have no background in criminology, statistics, or economics, let alone history or law.

    Well, I see you’re surely qualified to offer an expert opinion on this topic.

  42. On March 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm, Joe Mama said:

    No, you are the spawn of a murderer.

  43. On March 9, 2015 at 5:39 pm, Hangun Pro said:

    Whatever you say Meadow Soprano…

  44. On March 8, 2015 at 11:59 pm, AntiCitzenOne said:

    So you don’t work with the advocacy arm, but you’re still hired by them? How does that work?

  45. On March 9, 2015 at 12:03 am, AntiCitzenOne said:

    How can you reconcile yourself with the fact that the only way universal background checks are going to work is if there is a universal gun registry, which doesn’t hold traction with many gun owners, let alone the NRA. See what happened after the NY SAFE Act passed? Individuals who previously registered their “assault weapons” were now forced to hand them over.

    We have offered alternative versions of UBCs in the past but to no avail.

    Even so, with the universal background check in place, what is there to stop The State from expanding the dragnet so wide that every US Citizen will be disarmed? The old gungrabber refrain of doublespeak comes to mind:

    “You must be mentally stable to own/carry a gun.”


    “You are paranoid for wanting a gun/wanting to carry a gun”

    A former detective gets treated for insomnia and comes out as a mental invalid. FAIL.

  46. On March 9, 2015 at 12:10 am, AntiCitzenOne said:

    “concealed-carry permit holders have been involved in 26 mass shootings in the last 6 years”

    So you see fit to judge 11 million permit holders by the actions of a few idiots? Plus, how do you know every single CCW permit holder is a Republican/non-Democrat?

  47. On March 9, 2015 at 12:16 am, Sparafucile said:

    No need to judge at all — that’s a false/misleading statistic. I doubt the maker of that assertion could back it up with a specific list.

  48. On March 9, 2015 at 12:11 am, AntiCitzenOne said:

    ” My family members own guns; they store them safely and keep the ammo
    far from children, and they follow the four basic safety rules that
    everyone who handles a gun should know by heart. I’ve gone shooting with
    friends, and I’m a good shot. I plan to go more often. I have nothing
    against guns.”

    So where have we heard this tripe before? Shannon Watts the Monsanto mommy keeps saying very similar things here.

    “I’m a gun owner too” doesn’t automatically give you any street cred, for lack of a better phrase.

  49. On March 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm, Hangun Pro said:

    Was that before or after Jennifer Mascia’s gangster father blew the brains out of 7 people?

  50. On March 9, 2015 at 12:33 am, Sparafucile said:

    Know how easy it is to tell that you, beyond being an admitted professional propagandist, are just a trashy degenerate liar?

    It’s as easy as reading your statement “(Of the) vast majority of the nation’s gun owners, … 90% of them are in favor of universal background checks, as are 3/4 of NRA members.”

    I don’t even need to ask you to prove your bogus assertion of 26 mass shootings being perpetrated by concealed-carry permit holders — or did you use the word “involved”, so that you could include those who STOPPED such incidents, and even those who were victims or observers of such incidents?

  51. On March 9, 2015 at 9:39 am, Josh said:

    I agree with you on all points, but let’s please refrain from the ad-hominem. That undermines our common cause.

  52. On March 9, 2015 at 10:26 am, Sparafucile said:

    Observations aren’t ad-homina, my friend. I’m not rejecting the idiocy she’s writing because she’s a trashy liar, but observing that she’s a trashy liar because of the idiocy she writes.

  53. On May 13, 2015 at 5:58 pm, henrybowman said:

    “It was only “dreary” because so many people were shot each day – 120 incidents, according to the Gun Violence Archive.”

    So, how many were left over once you subtracted out Daddy’s?

  54. On March 7, 2015 at 8:45 am, Albert GildeLamadrid said:

    Usually when somebody makes accusations, they follow it up with evidence. Show me your evidence. Gun violence is a fact in this country and it needs to stop.

  55. On March 7, 2015 at 1:15 pm, infantryjj said:

    It won’t stop, that’s a fact. Criminals and evil will always exist. Show me your evidence that taking guns from law abiding citizens stops criminals from committing gun crimes.

  56. On March 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm, Albert GildeLamadrid said:

    its all or nothing with you people. I am for gun ownership however i am againg gun violence. I am pro keeping a gun away from children who do not know how to use them. I am agains illegal gun trade. I am pro 2nd ammendment this is not black and white

  57. On March 9, 2015 at 12:14 am, Sparafucile said:

    You path from observation to remedy is both empirically and cognitively flawed — and that’s without even crossing the issue of the inalienable right to effective self defense.

  58. On March 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm, Albert GildeLamadrid said:

    but what is my path? for people to keep their guns safe. I am not talking about violent crimes exclusivelly. when a toddler shoots his dad because his dad did not keep the gun from the child is criminal and child neglect in my opinion. this last sentence does not mean that a father cannot teach a child how to use a gun. it means that they should be kept from children while unsupervised.

  59. On March 7, 2015 at 6:15 pm, Barry Hirsh said:

    I just bludgeon them for as long as I can stand it, then move on.

  60. On March 10, 2015 at 7:10 am, lisa johnson said:

    wait – if she wrote under Tommy why do you call her jenifer? “Jennifer, you’re having a fit now. It has devolved into that – sad to say.”

  61. On March 10, 2015 at 9:32 am, Josh said:

    She was posting under the pseudonym of Tommy Gnosis. After being called out, she changed her Disqus profile name to Jennifer Mascia, and then when the embarrassment truly set in, or her employer perhaps instructed her to, she apparently deleted the account altogether, which is why all her comments are marked as “guest” now.

  62. On March 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm, Albert GildeLamadrid said:

    the article he’s talking about with the “protracted conversation” is
    march 2, and this post is march 6. so when was she commenting under a
    different name if he calls her “jennifer”? sounds like she posted as
    herself on march 2, which means he didn’t have a conversation with
    “tommy,” so what is he talking about?

  63. On March 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm, Josh said:

    so what is he talking about?

    For the last time, she was originally posting under the pseudonym of Tommy Gnosis, on March 2. Here’s her comment on it:

    I changed it to Tommy Gnosis last week – a character from one of my favorite musicals; Gnosis means knowledge in Greek – when I saw that none of the gun-rights commenters I encountered used their real names, but I changed it back this morning because someone accused me of “hiding.”

    You strike me as a person that is neither very bright, nor able to be helped much with your affliction.

  64. On March 10, 2015 at 1:45 pm, Albert GildeLamadrid said:

    says the guy with the private profile

  65. On March 10, 2015 at 2:21 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    Stop. Pay attention, write without so many typos, listen to replies when they have been given, and stay pertinent and germane or I will ban you. You’ve been told and it was a simple explanation that a child could follow. She first posted using the nom de quere (or non de plume, if you wish) of Tommy Gnosis. I outed her as Jennifer Mascia, and then she began to use her real name. Then she decided to set her Disqus account to private and post as ‘guest’, but as admin for the site I see her email address.
    Don’t ask any more stupid, dense questions or take it off line in a private email to me.

  66. On March 10, 2015 at 12:38 pm, Albert GildeLamadrid said:

    If Jennifer was using another name, then how come you wrote to her in
    your original post, “Jennifer, you’re having a fit now. It has devolved
    into that – sad to say.”

  67. On March 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm, Roland Deshain said:

    It is mostly the same with most liberal “protesters”. They are paid and bused in to wherever there is a need. The libs invented astroturf. They are always in the minority on most subjects, yet they make it seem like they are overwhelmingly popular. Most of the protesters and agitators in Ferguson were brought in and paid for by .George Soros or some other ilk

  68. On March 19, 2015 at 5:28 am, James auther said:

    i agree with this article we all have to respect woman. if she is wrong we have to make her understand rightly but not rudely. angeljackets supports bloomberg’s

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