Say, for the sake of argument, that you are in charge of a fairly small, unpopular non-profit organization that has dedicated itself to fighting against and with a massively larger organization on the other side of your ideological fence. Say you have been faced with a series of major and minor defeats across the country – both in courts and in legislatures – and say that the preponderance of public opinion is slowly turning against you and everything your understaffed organization stands for. And say that your competitor organization is holding a massive convention in some city with literally tens of thousands of people in attendance, including old media, new media, average Americans, and everything in between.
What would be the single best way to destroy any credibility your organization might have otherwise had?
Not “show up with a pathetically few number of people”. Not “protest across the street and as far away as you can while still being loosely-connected with the convention”. Not “wave the flag all by your lonesome”.
Simply do not show up at all.
If Ladd Everitt wanted to adequately demonstrate how irrelevant the Coalition to Stop Gun
Violence Ownership really is, I cannot think of a better way for him to have accomplished this. Seriously, does anyone know if he was even in Saint Louis that day, or was this all just hot air and bluster?