In a hyperbolic press release, Moms Demand Action’s Shannon Watts claims that a new fundraising scheme will turn NRA tweets into cash for her gun-control efforts.
“Every time the NRA tweets, people donate to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America—essentially taking the gun lobby propaganda and turning it into resources for gun violence prevention,” promises Watts.
The press release is from a progressive startup called iKeedo that lets donors tie gifts to Twitter, titrating their gifts in as little as 10-cent increments.
Nevertheless, iKeedo breathlessly calls itself “disruptive,” claiming its “micro-donations” inspired by “trigger events” a “game changer.” It also attempts to ride Obama’s coattails, claiming they are launching “to align” with his appearance at Austin’s SXSW festival.
iKeedo also claims MoveOn.org as one of its three clients. As of Saturday morning, this “game changer” had raised a total of $657 for Moms Demand—from a total of 15 supporters. MoveOn’s claimed 8 million members were even less interested, giving $631 from only 16 donors. Micro-donations, indeed.
An Anti-Gun Study So Bad, Even Anti-Gunners Attack It
A study published in the UK medical journal The Lancet that claims the nationwide implementation of just three laws would reduce U.S. gun homicides by 90 percent is so bad that even anti-gunners are disowning it.
"That’s too big—I don’t believe that,” David Hemenway, a professor of health policy, and gun-control advocate, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told the Washington Post.
The Boston University study claims that of the 25 gun-control laws examined, nine decreased gun deaths and nine actually increased gun deaths. The rest had no effect. One of the three they claimed would be most effective was ballistic fingerprinting, which is not currently implemented in any state.
“Briefly, this is not a credible study and no cause and effect inferences should be made from it, emailed Daniel Webster, director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research—at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Jewelry Store Owner Kills Robber Who Was Also Murder Suspect
ABC7.com reports that a man who was killed while attempting to rob an Apple Valley, Calif., jewelry store was a person of interest in the murder of an elderly Apple Valley couple.
Keon Bailey, 20, was shot and killed by the owner of Leilani’s Jewelers while attempting an armed robbery of his store. The store owner’s action would appear to have put an end to a crime spree by Bailey: On Feb. 28, surveillance cameras caught him robbing Neil’s Donuts at gunpoint; on March 1, a family friend found the bodies of Luis Giuntini, 95, and his wife Rose, 92, inside their home, whereupon investigators found evidence that led them to name Bailey as a person of interest; and Sunday, evidence at the scene of yet another home invasion also pointed to Bailey. Items from the other Apple Valley robberies were found in Bailey’s possession.
Bailey had been paroled from California state prison on Feb. 18.