Jennifer Mascia, Crackpots, and the AR-15

BY Herschel Smith
10 months, 1 week ago

Lee Williams writing at Ammoland.

The story was written by one of the Trace’s senior fabulists, Jennifer Mascia, who is “currently the lead writer of the Ask The Trace series and tracks news developments on the gun beat.” Mascia has also led the Trace’s hilarious we’re journalists, not activists, propaganda campaign on social media.

Mascia claims her story was a response to a reader’s question: “Many gun owners claim to buy assault-style rifles for defense. So how many documented cases are out there where someone actually defended themselves with an assault-style rifle?”

You can read the rest at Ammoland.  Jennifer is trying to assist the controllers in changing the subject from “in common use for legal purposes” to actually having used a weapon for self defense.  First of all, she doesn’t know anything about that regardless of what she claims.  No one can go to news reports and find every instance they need for a comprehensive study.  For example, use of the weapon might have been to flash the rifle muzzle at home invaders only for the invaders to run.  With that said, I think I could come up with quite a few instances myself, but that’s not really the point of this, and we’ll get to more later on this subject when you listen to Professor Mark Smith below.

Let’s turn our attention to Jennifer for a moment.  I’ve had an exchange with Jennifer before.  Let’s review, shall we?

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.

The exchange continues.

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.

Her Disqus account was by “Tommy Gnosis.”  I outed her and she posted as “Guest.”  She responded that she isn’t paid to comment anywhere.  There is no “tactic.”  She claimed no relationship at all to Bloomberg.  Now we find out that her use of an IP address that pointed back to Bloomberg was no coincidence.  She is indeed trafficking in propaganda, and she is in the employ of Bloomberg.  Let’s continue with Codrea’s second article on Bloomberg’s next move.

“Tommy Gnosis is someone named Jennifer Mascia,” Herschel Smith at The Captain’s Journal posted in March. He was describing someone who, under cover of anonymity, “visits web sites — particularly gun rights web sites — and spreads discontent and dejection.”

That’s consistent with the “elaborate subterfuge” technique for “infiltrating and disrupting alternative media online” used by those with an agenda. Per Canadian research, such “Internet trolls aren’t just mean — they’re sadists and psychopaths.”

That would also seem consistent with the control-all megalomaniac who hired her, in a company-he-keeps kind of way. Mascia is one of two paid flacks “attached prominently to the Everytown news project,” an experiment in virtual Astroturf that billionaire Michael Bloomberg will be rolling out this summer.

David then goes on to explore her past as daughter of a mob hit man.

What drives Mascia is anybody’s guess, but chances are her father having been an underworld killer with multiple hits under his belt had an influence. That probably comes as a surprise to many gun rights advocates, unaware that Al Jazeera told its readers “America’s best hope for tracking gun deaths is a mob enforcer’s daughter,” and Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action gushed on social media that her story was “Amazing.”

[ … ]

As for pushing Jennifer around, I’ve made clear that if you want to come in this back yard and run with the big dogs, you’d better be prepared for some rough business.  And as for Jennifer herself, you weren’t entirely honest with us, were you?

David Codrea’s First Article

David Codrea’s Second Article

Well there you have it.  She’s bought and paid for by Michael Bloomberg.  She came in under a nom de guerre to spread hate and discontent.  I outed her.  Even then she denied it because she’s a liar.

So why is she trying to assist the controllers in this one specific issue?  Listen carefully to Mark Smith below.  They want the supreme court to change the test in Bruen and Heller from “in common use for lawful purposes” to something else, and they have chosen the Rahimi case for all of their hate towards gun owners.  They see this as their golden opportunity.

I’ve told you what I think.  I think the women on the court, including Barrett and Roberts, side with the controllers and end of changing the rules back to something the DOJ and ATF likes much better.  I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am.  There was no particularly compelling reason for them to have taken this case to begin with.

One commenter to the video below remarks, “As I recall, when the DOJ bought AR-15s a few years back, the Request for Purchase form listed them as “personal defense weapons.” Can’t have it both ways.”  I’ll add to this.  If the AR-15 is so bad for use in defense situations, tell me why the U.S. government agencies have so many rifles – some noted as “assault rifles” – in their inventory as personal defense weapons?


Comments

  1. On September 4, 2023 at 1:26 am, Aaron Yetter said:

    Hey Herschel check out Guns and Gadgets latest video. The bastards want us to register with local fire departments the amount and location of all gunpowder.. Next they will tell us what is a reasonable amount and how to store it in a government approved container. Somehow they will attach some SPA and climate change bullshit.

  2. On September 4, 2023 at 6:34 am, SamlAdams said:

    The “N” equals on “1” in this instance, but had almost precisely the DGU you describe back in 1986 in a close suburb of one of the most dangerous cities in the US at that time. Woke me up breaking glass to kitchen door. I came down hall with rifle. Stupid kids saw rifle and reversed out door. Didn’t want to shoot them in the back and they made right choice. And 23my/o me was scared sh*tless anyway. The paper report is likely in some records warehouse for local PD. My hunch has always been that this is not an uncommon type of incident.

  3. On September 4, 2023 at 11:01 am, Georgiaboy61 said:

    Re: “Jennifer is trying to assist the controllers in changing the subject from “in common use for legal purposes” to actually having used a weapon for self defense.”

    That tracks….

    If you want to know what sort of future the controllers have in mind for the people of the U.S., look to the United Kingdom and their predicament. They’re further down the road of gun control than we are – and government presence in their lives is also arguably greater than many places in the U.S. particularly in the biggest cities. I can’t vouch for the veracity of the information, but I recall seeing whatever that London has more security cameras and is more surveilled than any other big city in the world.

    Having largely eradicated the right of the Briton to own/use defensive firearms, the controllers have now honed in on knives. The powers-that-be let the mask slip, i.e., that they must view residents of that nation as de facto children, since one govt. ninny proposed in apparent seriousness that any knife with a point – including common kitchen utensils – be outlawed in Britain. Only safety knives with blunt points and butter knives, apparently would be permissible under this ridiculous scheme.

    The formerly sacrosanct rights of Britons to defend their homes, persons and loved ones is also under assault, as there have already been cases of homeowners who face legal charges or sanction for attempting to defend themselves against intruders inside their homes in the middle of the night.

    What are they supposed to use when they find an intruder ransacking their kitchen or whatever at 3AM – harsh language? A politely-worded request to vacate the premises?

    Word has it that baseball bats (cricket bats?) are now a popular item procured for home-defense. That’s what it has come to in the British Isles. And it is probably what the controllers have in mind for us across the pond.

  4. On September 4, 2023 at 1:30 pm, scott s. said:

    As far as “amount and location of all gunpowder”, it’s worthwhile to check out federal explosives law, but more importantly state and local fire codes as you may not be in compliance and not realize it. At least be aware so you can make informed decisions.

  5. On September 4, 2023 at 2:00 pm, Aaron Yetter said:

    Meant EPA

  6. On September 4, 2023 at 2:57 pm, Dirk said:

    At least until now “power” as we know it IS NOT register as an explosive. Can’t speak to black powder.

    I’ll close with this, my business, what’s on my shelves ain’t the Fed govts business. I’m in a small enough community that the fireman are my friends, they know what’s here.

    Powder primers bullets, you should have seen this coming years ago. I did, I’ve remedied any bullet building problems, was a good Boy Scout, be prepared is something I still believe in.

    Never heard of the chic, I don’t spend much time reading communist propaganda, printed by satan, errrr whatever her name is.

  7. On September 5, 2023 at 4:54 pm, Allen said:

    What they don’t know can’t hurt me.

  8. On September 7, 2023 at 9:42 am, CT Ginger said:

    Only genuine black powder, charcoal, sulphur and sodium (or potassium) nitrate is classified as an explosive. Smokeless and BP substitutes like pyrodex are classified as propellants. Your local FD might differ.

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