Mayors Against Guns—I left out the word “Illegal” because NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg with his 24/7 taxpayer-funded armed bodyguards seems to want them all to be except the ones in government hands—ran a national cable TV ad campaign based on what they know to be a lie: American Al Qaeda Adam Gadahn telling followers they can buy “a fully automatic assault rifle without a background check” at gun shows.
From the mayors:
A coalition of more than 600 mayors has launched a national TV ad campaign calling attention to a recent Al Qaeda propaganda video that urges the terrorist group’s followers to exploit loopholes to purchase firearms without background checks. The mayors’ ad is running on national cable news programs this week. It urges Congress to pass the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011 and the Denying Firearms to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2011, bills pending that would close the loopholes Al Qaeda publicized.
So–they’re intent on using a known lie to sway public opinion, shape public policy and pass more “gun control.”
We’ve talked about the intentional deception aimed at confusing the public about the difference between machine guns and semiautomatic firearms before. There’s no need to repeat those arguments here. Likewise, we’ve explained the dangers of reversing Western legal tradition and adopting Guilty Until Proven Innocent Blacklists as the new standard for the Republic.
Others besides me have pointed out that MAG is lying here. Is that all we can do? Can we fight back?
In the spirit of CUM ULLA SELLA IN PUGNO TABERNA, let’s at least try.
“There are laws passed by Congress,” the Federal Communications Commission Broadcast Advertising Complaints web page advises, “that restrict a station from broadcasting material that…perpetuates a fraud.”
So what are we to do if we see a violation? The FCC says it focuses its content oversight on “obscene, indecent, or profane broadcasts.”
Well, I consider lying rights violators obscene, but I don’t think that’s what they have in mind.They hand false advertising off to the Federal Trade Commission:
The FTC has primary responsibility for determining whether specific advertising is false or misleading, and for taking action against the sponsors of such material. To file a complaint with the FTC, go to https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ or call toll-free 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
Let’s go down that rabbit hole. See the accompanying sidebar slideshow for my complaint using the online form. Here’s what I said in my complaint:
They [MAIG] have launched a national TV ad campaign on cable news programs to get citizens to urge Congress to pass more gun control based on knowingly false information. The ad uses a video of an American Al Qaeda leader telling followers they can buy “a fully automatic assault rifle without a background check” at gun shows. This is a lie, and what’s more, MAIG knows it is a lie yet ran the ad anyway. That makes this both fraud and conspiracy. See: http://www.fixgunchecks.org/terrorad
It may be the wrong rabbit hole to go down as trade isn’t involved, but that’s where the FCC website directed me to go, and it looks like neither FCC nor FTC make the correct procedure for complaining about deceptive nonprofit broadcast ads clear. Perhaps the response will disclaim any responsibility for this area, but perhaps it will also point in the correct direction.
I’d like to find out. And I’d also like to use the mayors’ own technique of harassment by regulation against them. Meaning if this turns out to be a dead end, I’ll pick up the trail elsewhere until someone with the correct “authoritah” won’t be able to avoid going on record with a decision.
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