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Jay Leno Under Fire for SHOT Show Speaking Gig

The gun control movement is angry with Jay Leno. Per Mother Jones:

On Tuesday, several gun violence-prevention groups called on the comedian to cancel his appearance at January’s Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT), an annual event put on by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is based in Newtown, Connecticut. A petition posted by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence accuses Leno of “helping to legitimize a crass commercialism which values profit over human lives” by speaking to this group, which lobbied against the background checks bill in Congress following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The drive is backed by the Campaign to Unload, which pushes for divestment from gun companies, and the Newtown Action Alliance, founded by residents of the Connecticut town who support gun-safety legislation. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which has pushed corporate restaurants and retailers to take a stand against open-carry activists in their stores, has also launched a social media campaign against Leno.

That social media campaign is impressively prescriptive, I must say. Using Moms Demand’s website, users can choose from one of ten pre-written tweets to send out. Among them:

Shame on @JayLeno for emceeing event hosted by a gun lobby group from #Newtown. @MomsDemand #JokesOnLeno

 As >31k Americans die from guns each year, @JayLeno set to emcee event for gun lobby group based in #Newtown. @MomsDemand #JokesOnLeno

 Shameful: @JayLeno is hosting firearm industry event for gun lobby org based in #Newtown. @MomsDemand #JokesOnLeno

I look forward to Leno’s inevitably caving and to his writing a letter of apology to Moms Demand for having so much as considered the gig in the first place.

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