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Gross hypocrisy: Brady Campaign head talks gun control with armed security

Brady Campaign President Dan Gross, shown here at an event marking the 20th anniversary of the Brady Law, spoke about gun control at a Seattle event in a gun-free zone with armed security.
Brady Campaign President Dan Gross, shown here at an event marking the 20th anniversary of the Brady Law, spoke about gun control at a Seattle event in a gun-free zone with armed security.
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Monday evening’s Town Hall Seattle forum featuring top local and national spokesmen for gun control might better have been a discussion about world-class hypocrisy, since a sign on the door advised that guns were prohibited, and yet the anti-gunners were protected by armed security.

Headlining the event was Brady Campaign President Dan Gross and Washington CeaseFire President Ralph Fascitelli. Town Hall Seattle had a sign in the glass door stating “No firearms allowed in the building. Thank you for your cooperation.” Inside was a visibly armed security guard.

It amounts to an acknowledgement that what Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said 18 months ago is true. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he noted after Sandy Hook, and he was quickly criticized by gun control proponents who, considering last night’s event, evidently agree without admitting it.

Monday night’s forum, headlined “Gun reform: Where do we go from here,” was attended by about 50 people. The program was presented by Town Hall “in partnership” with CeaseFire as part of Town Hall’s “Civic Series.” But with the armed guard, the subject might have easily strayed into a discussion of hypocrisy.

Last summer, CeaseFire was fully engaged with former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn in pushing businesses to post Gun-Free Zone decals in their windows. A full listing of cooperating businesses is listed on the CeaseFire website. McGinn lost the race and last night suggests that CeaseFire lost on the issue. The security guard’s presence amounted to an admission by CeaseFire that they don’t actually believe a gun-free zone designation protects anybody.

This is not the only gun control program on Town Hall Seattle’s agenda. This weekend, Town Hall’s Civics series is presenting “Control: A Living Newspaper,” in cooperation with the Strawberry Theatre Workshop. Programs are scheduled Friday and Saturday evening, and Sunday afternoon.

When contacted via e-mail by the Second Amendment Foundation Monday about presenting “a balanced discussion including firearms safety experts and Second Amendment advocates, we could help book guests for the forum,” Town Hall offered a lukewarm reaction. “We’ll definitely keep your organization on file and in mind for the next program around this topic,” said Program Director Stesha Brandon.

Gross was in town yesterday for CeaseFire’s annual spring luncheon at the Washington Athletic Club. The nominally-attended evening program was something of an anti-climax to his visit, and strong signal that gun prohibitionists don’t practice what they preach.