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Violence Policy Center: Josh Sugarmann’s Sinecure

July 22, 2007

The 501(c)(3) tax exempt Violence Policy Center’s dishonesty is well known. On this page, it openly states its intention to deceive the American people about so-called “assault weapons.”

 Assault weapons—just like armor-piercing bullets, machine guns, and plastic firearms—are a new topic. The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons. In addition, few people can envision a practical use for these weapons.

In other words, smart college boy Josh Sugarmann expects to exploit those gullable working people’s ignorance (they aren’t smart college boys like him, so they should be easy to fool) to achieve his objectives. In addition, “plastic handguns” are yet another phony issue, because even handguns with plastic and rubber parts (like grips) contain more than enough metal to set off airport metal detectors. If a metal belt buckle or a metal shank inside a walking shoe will trigger the metal detector, several ounces of steel in a handgun’s barrel and receiver is certain to do so. This underscores our position that it is easy to tell when a spokesperson for the Brady Center or Violence Policy Center is lying; his or her lips are moving.

The same Web page says, “ the majority of Americans mistakenly believe that the Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms.”

We didn’t know that Josh Sugarmann was a lawyer, Constitutional or otherwise, or a Supreme Court justice. As far as we know, the Second Amendment does guarantee the individual right to keep and bear arms.  Charity Navigator gives the VPC a very poor rating in general: one star on a 1-5 rating system.