Everytown for Gun Safety announced this month the launch of its “Authors Council,” a group of more than 130 authors, illustrators, editors and agents who have signed on to push an anti-gun agenda.
“One of the loveliest perks of being an author is knowing that you have an audience of readers who actually want to hear what you have to say, and who trust you to take them on a journey – no matter where it might be – to learn, inspire and feel deeply,” said Jodi Picoult, a founding member of the Everytown Authors Council, in press release.
“It is because of this that authors are singularly suited to speak out on the need for common-sense gun laws, and to tell the stories of those who have been devastated by gun violence in this country,” she continued. “Our job as writers is to get people to engage and to start talking – and this is a conversation we as a nation badly need to have.”
The Authors Council first order of business will take place at the end of the month when it will begin encouraging members and their followers to “#WearOrange” for National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2.
Those who wear orange will be entered into a drawing for an autographed book.
“Great writing has the power to move and inspire – and it’s inspiring, too, to hear such a celebrated group of storytellers lending their voices to the growing chorus for gun safety,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.
“The talent and reach of this Council will get even more Americans thinking, talking, and taking action, all toward our shared goal – saving lives from gun violence,” added Feinblatt.
Everytown, which is bankrolled by billionaire media magnate Michael Bloomberg, seems to be making real strides in its attempt to recruit power brokers from all corners of the cultural milieu.
You’ll recall that a few years ago it launched the “Creative Council,” a group packed with Hollywood A-listers, e.g. Jennifer Aniston, JJ Abrams, Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges.
While the effect of recruiting all these cultural influencers remains to be seen, it’s tough to tell how much they move the needle on the legislative front, if at all, one can’t see how it is a good thing for the health and well-being the 2A long term. To that end, the nation’s gun lobby issued the following piece of advice:
“One would hope that shameless shilling on behalf of a statist billionaire would be derided in any artistic community. Unfortunately, many in America’s ‘creative’ class appear all too willing to use their ‘art’ in service of Bloomberg’s vanity project,” said the NRA-ILA.
“As such, the gun-owning public should do their best to apprise the general public of the gun control movement’s propaganda techniques, and consider their own consumption of media accordingly,” it continued.