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I am passing these two lengthy pieces along, without editorial in them, for the singular purpose of pointing out what I believe to be a concerted effort to mislead the public in a large concerted effort. Essentially I believe what we have is an organized propaganda machine effort; I will explain in a moment. Both pieces are a product of "The Center For Public Integrity" whose byline is "Investigative Journalism in the Public Interest." I have no doubt both pieces will be referenced in more mainstream media in short order, perhaps even as quickly as this coming Sunday. Again, more on that in a moment.

The first is a piece about "assault weapons" and the second is about National Rifle Association (NRA) opposition to a high-capacity magazine ban. The second piece goes to great pains to link NRA to firms that profit from the manufacture and sale of items the gun control nut crowd wants banned. I am lead to draw the inescapable conclusion the reader is supposed to conclude the NRA is a proxy for industry, not representing its four million members and tens of millions of gun owner supporters. The fine print at the end of the first piece says funding for its production was "in part" provided by the Joyce Foundation. The irony is "The Center For Public Integrity" does not point out that the Joyce Foundation has a long-running program of gun control advocacy. "The Center For Public Integrity" tries to damage NRA, a pro-gun ownership advocacy group, by linking it to entities, businesses and individuals, they have an obvious symbiotic relationship with. In spite of their use of "Integrity" in their name, "The Center For Public Integrity" does not point out that their financial supporter, the Joyce Foundation, is an advocacy group with a chief goal being opposition to gun ownership (i.e. they support gun control). Here is one quote on them: In response to positions stating the US Constitution provides a private right to own a firearm, the Joyce Foundation, a "...Chicago-based foundation that doled out at least nine grants totaling nearly $2.7 million to groups that advocated the opposite positions." (i.e. they took the position there is no private right to firearms ownership (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/04/19/politics/politico/main4029176....)) and "The foundation funded legal scholarship advancing the theory that the Second Amendment does not protect individual gun owners’ rights, as well as two groups that advocated handgun bans [emphasis added]. And it paid to support a book called “Every Handgun Is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns.”" (http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080419/pl_politico/9722). In spite of saying their position is one of "non-partisan and non-advocacy and committed to transparent and comprehensive reporting" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_Public_Integrity) their financial supporter in this case, the Joyce Foundation, "Funds research and advocacy to reduce gun ownership, deaths and injuries. This includes support of anti-gun groups." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Foundation). Wow! Up means down. Left means right. Where do these groups and their obviously misleading descriptions of themselves come from?

In the first paragraph where I said mainstream media would quote one or both pieces below I was leading to this. I believe the incestuous relationship between gun control groups (Joyce Foundation), pseudo-think tanks/investigative journalism organizations ("The Center For Public Integrity") and mainstream media is inescapable. I fully expect The New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC and other gun control left-wing media groups to cite the pieces below as though they are gospel. Worse yet, as I was reading these pieces I again got that feeling that I was somehow being jerked around, manipulated by some giant silent force... Hold on here - Glenn Beck recently illustrated many of the various entities billionaire financial speculator George Soros uses to give the illusion of popular, grassroots, activity. The list was unbelievably long and arguably serves to make people think there is more and more diverse action than perhaps (or even likely) exists. One of the groups Soros has donated millions to? The Joyce Foundation. What is Soros' position on gun control? He is for it...big time (George Soros: Anti-Gunner Who Would Remake America).

Just in the last few days trial balloons have started going up that President Obama is planning a policy speech related to gun control in general and high-capacity magazines specifically. I previously wrote to you about that. Wow, I feel like I am having a Glenn Beck moment (without the profile or the money - LOL). Who served on the Joyce Foundation board of directors for eight years prior to taking on a higher profile position? No less than President Obama (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Foundation). Coincidence? "The Center For Public Integrity" is supposedly doing "Investigative Journalism in the Public Interest" and they produced the pieces below? Obama has a speech on gun control coming up? Gun control nuts have been making noise about magazine capacity limits and other "common sense" gun control measures? No coincidence? Call me dubious...and thinking this is a concerted effort. When you read the next news story on the subject, remember you may be reading something you were first warned to watch for here.

Ever vigilant,

Phillip