On Thursday, Sarah Brady, co-founder of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, tweeted what purported to be a billboard announcing an upcoming gun show in San Benito, Texas. Mrs. Brady is the wife of James Scott “Jim” Brady, a former Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary under U.S. President Ronald Reagan. After nearly being killed and becoming permanently disabled as a result of an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981, Brady became an ardent supporter of gun control.
The left side of the two-part billboard she tweeted was fairly innocuous, giving little more than the date and location of the event.
The right side, however, was an eye-popper.
It read, “Loop Hole Bonanza, Legal Black Market” and “What happens inside, stays inside — No questions asked.” The billboard’s final statement, “All elements welcome” leads one to conclude that society’s criminal elements would find a friend at the gun show.
Nothing could be further from the truth, however. The whole thing was the product of Photoshop, designed to curry support for anti-gun legislation, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s upcoming assault weapon ban.
There’s no evidence that either she or a member of her staff did the actual Photoshopping. However, if this was something sent to her, she owed a duty to her Twitter followers to confirm its authenticity before publishing it as real.
Brady tweeted the message “This is what we’re up against, friends: pic.twitter.com/I14we3Wx,” together with the following fake billboard:
Here’s the actual billboard:
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