Responding with trademark bristling shrillness and indignation over an amendment introduced by Sen. Rand Paul to S.1486, “Postal Reform Act of 2013,” that would overturn restrictions on lawful carrying of firearms into United States Postal Service post offices, Moms Demand Action protested Wednesday with an online social media campaign that managed to not only perpetuate an undeserved myth, but to insult all postal workers and law-abiding gun owners in the bargain.
“Sadly, we already know guns and post offices don't mix, but this amendment could also encourage a total reversal of the ban on guns inside federal buildings,” the Michael Bloomberg-backed anti-gun group told its followers, asking them to contact members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and to “Tweet using the hashtag #DontGoPostal.
“History confirms guns, post offices and anger don’t mix. Demand action!” the Bloomberg Moms (BMs) repeated in a poster using a photo The Washington Post currently offers for purchase (albeit, the “with Bloomberg” notation in the “Business” section probably means the subsidiary group is as free to use such property as the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group has been to use New York City employees and facilities.
History confirms no such thing, and besides, the phrase “going postal” was used to disparage USPS employees, not peaceable gun owners. That said, those employees have been given a bad rap by some isolated incidents and a lot of media play, and taking a moment to ignore manipulative BM hysteria and look at the some inconvenient (for them) truths bears that out.
“Going postal is a myth,” a United States Postal Service Commission on a Safe and Secure Workplace report concluded in 2000. “Postal employees are only a third as likely as those in the national workforce to be victims of homicide at work.
“If ‘going postal’ is meant to suggest that postal employees are more violent than the national workforce, it is simply untrue,” the report continued. “Postal employees are no more likely than those in the national workforce to physically assault, sexually harass, or verbally abuse their coworkers. Postal employees are less angry, aggressive, and hostile than those in the national workforce.”
Still, despite the “going postal” insult to the nation’s half-a-million-plus USPS employees, the true dig is aimed at gun owners who carry firearms for personal protection. After all, if Sen. Paul’s amendment is “passed, it would simply allow gun owners already approved to carry weapons to do so inside the post office -- and save them the hassle of unholstering and locking their gun in their car,” Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner told his readers. It’s not like there is a shred of rationality in implying the behavior and self-control they exhibit everywhere else will suddenly evaporate once they cross an imaginary line.
So naturally, Bloomberg Businessweek, tasked to do the bidding of its owner, felt compelled to manufacture opposition to the amendment with a piece right out of leftist “community organizer” Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” with special emphasis on “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
“You’ll be able to negotiate better prices,” the Bloomberg hit piece explained. “Customers who display their weapons at the counter are likely to be in a better bargaining position.
“No more long lines,” it continued. “Customers who fire off a shot or two may find that their fellow citizens are happy to let them go first.”
In the absence of rational contributions to bring to the table in terms of real solutions to criminal violence, perpetuating myths, lies and insults against those they hate, and stirring up virtual mobs of ignorant and angry fellow travelers, is really all these people have -- except for Michael Bloomberg’s money, of course.
UPDATE: See follow-up story, "Tester shows true regard for gun rights in Post Office bill committee meeting."
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