Taxpaying Gun Owners Being
Forced to Fund Brady Subversion

The power to destroy: Those who can force you to give up your
wealth don't have to worry about giving you a say on how it's spent.

By David Codrea. July 13, 2020

"One of the country's leading gun-control groups took a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan worth up to $1 million even as its PAC pledged to spend millions in the 2020 elections," Stephen Gutowski of The Washington Free Beacon reported Friday. "The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence received between $350,000 and $1 million on April 10 to support 41 employees, according to the Small Business Administration."

They're doing it, an organization flack says, because they're losing money due to COVID-19, and have had to cancel fundraising events. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has also had its hand out, and "accepted a loan worth between $150,000 and $350,000."

The reason they can do this is that they have different IRS-assigned tax statuses for their "educational" arms and their "advocacy" arms. Gun owner rights groups split functions, too, but the difference here is they're not applying for relief on the taxpayer's dime. Gutowski cites Alan Gottlieb, who "said no part of his organization took PPP loans [and] called on the gun-control groups to return the money they received from the program."

This is not the only way gun-grab groups that take advantage of IRS rules to undermine the right to keep and bear arms. As this column reported in May, Everytown for Gun Safety is "partnering" with "faith partners" to help spread the "gospel" of citizen disarmament, and by playing fast and loose with tax exemption rules, these groups are de facto opposing Republicans and supporting Democrats, all while claiming donations are tax-deductible. .....

“The government has no money that does not come from the private sector. Forcing gun owners through taxation to in any way help finance groups working to take away their rights is reminiscent of nothing so much as an added insult to injury practiced by totalitarian regimes, the 'bullet fee.'”


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