"...The Brady Campaign was not the "National Council to Control Handguns" You made that up. It was once called, "Handgun Control, Inc." But nice try. The name was changed some years after Jim Brady was shot to death in honor of him and when his wife, Sarah, became involved in the issue for obvious reasons."
Of course, sources like
biased insurrectionist evil gun rights advocates Brady Campaign's own website state the history of the group very plainly:
Mark Borinsky, who had been robbed and nearly killed at gunpoint, founded the organization in 1974 as the National Council to Control Handguns. Pete Shields became Chairman in 1978 following the murder of his twenty-three-year-old son, Nick, in 1974. The organization was renamed Handgun Control, Inc (HCI) in 1980.
This is why I don't agree with Linoge, who thinks that JaPete is a liar. I think she's a naive but useful idiot. She clearly demonstrates her ignorance of basic facts and concepts about her own group. She is barely able to negotiate friendly, charted waters. It is no surprise that she continually illustrates her lack of knowledge on neutral ground (like currently existing laws) or more difficult territory. However, she brings enthusiasm and personal energy to the issue which can be used by people who are better informed than she is.
Frankly, it kind of worries me that Joan has firearms in her home, as she's demonstrated many times that she has no handle on firearms safety or law. She's argued before that the Federal Gun Free School Zones act doesn't actually exist, so I really hope that her husband has never transported his hunting shotgun in a non-approved manner within 1000 feet of a school (say, unloaded, in an unlocked case in the trunk of the car with the rest of the bird gear or sporting clays equipment). That would be a serious felony. As for firearms safety -- well, she clearly believes that the statistics she cites don't apply to her, but based on her writing I really doubt that she is competent to "Stop, don't touch, leave the area, tell a responsible adult," much less how to safely unload an unattended firearm, "finger on trigger" discipline, or muzzle control. I personally think that if you're a responsible adult and you have firearms in the home - even if they're "Just your spouse's" -- you should understand the basics of firearms safety and know how to (1) clear (unload) and (2) secure them. That's just "common sense" to me.
As a note, I still don't read Common Gunsense. DW does occasionally head over there, and while she's been essentially banned (as a knuckle dragging guy, I'm just going to venture a guess that having a female who disagrees with her really irks Joan and blows her worldview, because gosh, the only people who commit gun crimes have to be evil wife beating men-folk who are responsible for all violence), she does highlight the most egregious words to come from Joan Peterson's pen for me to blog about.