Ah social media!
Those of you who are regular consumers of the tripe circulating on Facebook, Twitter et al know what I’m talking about. Or perhaps you don’t. Or perhaps you believe the lies and distortions which reinforce your world view.
And if you’ve been on social media like Facebook and Twitter over the past few years, you’ve probably also noticed memes and images that seem doctored, or plainly put, photo shopped.
One such image is making the rounds, a GIF of Parkland shooting survivor Emma González seemingly ripping up the constitution.
Look at her! Ripping up the Constitution of the United States of America! Is there any clearer evidence that these kid actors want to destroy the 2nd Amendment and take away your guns! It’s all part of the “leftist agenda!”. The photo was posted by “gun rights activists” on a “free speech” site.
Ehh well not so fast.
Here’s the problem. The image isn’t real. It’s taken from a video created by Teen Vogue showing González — surrounded by several fellow teenagers who survived the Parkland shooting — tearing up a paper shooting target.
An outraged Twitter user called out the fake putting both pictures up side by side noting
“Just a sample of what NRA supporters are doing to teenagers who survived a massacre (real picture on the right)..”
People on Twitter aren’t having it, and are repeatedly calling out anyone who shares the image.
“Fake. Shame on you for targeting kids who experienced the murder of 17 people in their school community.
You fear Emma, don’t you?”
“This is really fake. So sad anyone would actually think it was real. I actually feel sorry for you because you have no critical thinking skills.”
Meanwhile folks it was reported today that America’s oldest gun manufacturer, the legendary Remington Arms was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to carry out a debt-cutting deal with creditors amid mounting public pressure for greater gun control.
The company’s chief financial officer, Stephen Jackson, said in court papers that Remington’s sales fell significantly in the year before its bankruptcy, and that the company was having difficulty meeting requirements from its lenders.
After a Remington Bushmaster rifle was used in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut in 2012 that killed 20 children and six adults, its owner, Cerberus, which acquired the arms manufacturer in a leveraged buy out, tried unsuccessfully to sell Remington, then known as Freedom Group. It’s so fitting that Cerberus and all the other lenders are losing money on this deal. Too bad.
The filing comes after a Feb. 14 shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school that killed 17 and spurred an intense campaign for gun control by activists.
“The massacre led to huge U.S. anti-gun rallies by hundreds of thousands of young Americans on Saturday.
In some of the biggest U.S. youth demonstrations for decades, protesters called on lawmakers and President Donald Trump to confront the issue. Voter registration activists fanned out in the crowds, signing up thousands of the nation’s newest voters.
Major U.S. companies and retailers have taken some steps to restrict firearm sales.
Citigroup said last week it will require new retail-sector clients to sell firearms only to customers who passed background checks and to bar sales of high-capacity magazines.
Citi also said it was restricting sales for buyers under 21, a move adopted by other large retailers, while Kroger CEO Fred Meyer said it will stop selling firearms entirely.
A number of major credit card companies are considering restricting the use of their cards when it comes to purchasing weapons while credit card processors have begun dropping gun stores, particularly those which sell on line.
One investor told IFR, a Thomson Reuters news provider, that his firm had contemplated buying the Remington loans that will be exchanged into equity, which were offered at as low as 25 cents on the dollar. After the Parkland murders “We bowed out because we were uncomfortable.”
As well you should be.