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Giffords’ Virtual ‘Tour’ Will Be Even More Staged than Bloomberg’s Real One

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“Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, announced the Road to Universal Background Checks Tour,” a group press release announces. “At a series of virtual gatherings focused on states with key Senate races, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will lead conversations with candidates and other activists who will speak directly with voters about the importance of electing a new Senate majority that will finally pass universal background checks.”

“Virtual gatherings”? There’s probably more than pandemic considerations behind that strategy. And characterizing this as a “tour” may give us some clues.

Michael Bloomberg tried something similar in meatspace some years back. His paid ad hacks tried to sell sending a propaganda bus on a 25-state 100-day as the “No More Names” tour. “Magical Misery Tour” was more like it.

They played coy with announcing actual locations, dates, and times for their scheduled stops, making sure the press and followers who signed up would know in time but keeping the general public in the dark until the last minute to avoid what ended up happening—being outnumbered by rights advocates. And the funny thing about the “victims of gun violence” named by the tour: They included the Boston Marathon bomber. One in 12 of the “victims” were crime suspects, including a “man shot by police while he was holding a gun in another man’s face,” and a 19-year-old who was shot by a man protecting his granddaughter from him.

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