Activist and sometimes undercover journalist James O’Keefe and his undercover reporter group Project Veritas pulled a stunt critiquing the concept of Gun-Free zones, that’s sure to make you smile, if a bit wryly.
O’Keefe formed a bogus anti-gun group, dubbed The Citizens Against Senseless Gun Violence, with a stated goal of “banning all firearms.” The PV group made up signs with a logo and the declaration at the bottom: “This Home is Proudly Gun Free!” They then took the signs to the offices of pro-gun-control lawmakers to see if their staff members would be willing to prominently display them at their offices and homes.
The responses they got, recorded with hidden cameras, were illuminating. Check out the satirical video above.
James Lewis, communications director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA 13th), said he couldn’t put the sign up because, “I’m actually a gun owner.”
Gregory Berry, chief council for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX 18th), said “We would put the sign right out here in front of this office,” but when asked by the journalist, “But not at your home?” he responded, “No. I don’t have guns in my house.”
“Well that’s good. You can advertise it though,” the reporter says.
“I could, but I don’t want to,” Berry responded.
Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY 13th) didn’t appreciate being approached and walked away, refusing to take the sign. In all fairness, they did speak to him outside his home, apparently uninvited.
Some skirted the issue. One intern flat out said that signs declaring a location to be gun free would make it a target for criminals.
After some discussion, Erik Sperling, legislative assistant for Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI 13th) said he thought it would make it more likely for someone to break into his home if they knew for sure there was no way for the people inside to protect themselves.
“So, you’re sort of saying you should have a gun to protect your home then,” the undercover reporter says.
“Yeah, it’s a tricky thing,” Sperling says, adding that he’d want a sign on his boss’s house to say “Armed security, stay back,” because of his status. By the end of the encounter, he says, “What’s the thinking behind this strategy Because it seems to make the case for the (gun rights) side.”
Watch the whole video at the top.