Chris Cox NRA ³Follow the Money´
I¶m going to describe a group that recently demanded enactment of a sweeping federal gun control agenda.Let¶s see if you can guess who it is.The group has 22,000 members in more than 100 countries. Membership categories include ³city managers,highway safety specialists, psychologists, attorneys, coroners and management analysts,´ among others. Thegroup has offices in Europe and the Caribbean, and the group¶s website describes its governing board in your choice of English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
hy does a new report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police read like every gun-ban strategy we¶ve heard forthe last 10 years? To find out, all one has to do is follow themoney.
Is it a new United Nations disarmament agency? No, the group is the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), headquartered in the nation¶s capital. And the story behind the report is a shadowy web of hugedonations, made by an activist foundation in the Midwest, leading straight to puppet strings that control theagenda of gun ban groups, the IACP and even New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.The IACP report, called ³Taking a Stand: Reducing Gun Violence in Our Communities,´ is nothing more than arubber stamp, bought and paid for, of the pre-existing agenda for gun ban groups. It is a blueprint the enemiesof freedom plan to pursue after the 2008 elections--if they win total control of the White House and Congress.What compelled the IACP to issue this sweeping report? Follow the money. A note on the cover proudlydeclares that the report was issued ³with support from the Joyce Foundation.´That¶s a familiar name to longtime readers. The Joyce Foundation has pumped tens of millions of dollars intothe coffers of gun ban groups over the years. The Violence Policy Center (VPC), an unashamed promoter of atotal ban on handguns, collected more than $1 million of Joyce money just in 2005 and 2006. In 2000, the JoyceFoundation paid a VPC advisor and former Handgun Control, Inc. board member to edit a ³Second AmendmentSymposium´ issue of the Chicago-Kent Law Review. That slim volume contains nearly half the anti-individualrights articles ever published on the Second Amendment.The IACP newsletter proudly notes that the Joyce Foundation has ³made more than $30 million in grants togroups seeking public health solutions that offer the promise of reducing gun deaths and injuries in America.´This year, the Joyce Foundation invested heavily in IACP. They paid IACP over $500,000 to host ³The GreatLakes States Summit on Gun Violence,´ and then to issue the report from the conference. That comes out tonearly $11,000 per page, but the Joyce Foundation got what it paid for--no surprise given the report¶s thank youto Joyce Foundation Communications Director Mary O¶Connell for ³her editing, writing and consistent work to produce this report.´Of course, she had a lot of help. The list of ³Report Contributors´ includes Kristen Rand and Tom Diaz of theVPC, as well as David Mitchell, a former staff member of Handgun Control, Inc. The list of ³Summit Advisors´is even more swollen with luminaries of the gun ban faction, including the heads of three anti-gun groups thatoperate at the state and local level--all of which also receive direct funding from Joyce.