By now, most of my readers have probably seen this image, along with the various other ones floating around all branded with the Brady Campaign’s logo:
Said image’s text reading, "A rape can last 30 seconds but a murder lasts for ever. Guns are not the answer." For the Googles.
And, like most of my readers, I saw the image and immediately dismissed it as a parody – oh, to be certain, the image more than captures the mentality and arguments of those who would strip law-abiding women of their Constitutionally-protected right to self-defense, but I did not figure that the Brady Campaign would be that mind-bogglingly idiotic.
It appears I might have been wrong. Might.
By way of ExurbanKevin, I bring you this photograph of a monitor apparently showing the above image posted on the Brady Campaign Facebook page by the Brady Campaign Facebook account itself:
Likewise, this screenshot is floating around out there as well:
Are those real? Honestly, I have no idea. Snopes, of course, has ranked the image as "Fake", but the only proof they offer is the Brady Campaign stating they "did not post that ad and have no affiliation with it". While I am loath to succumb to a genetic fallacy, the Brady Campaign is a known, inveterate liar with a documented history of scrubbing inconvenient slip-ups from their web presence, so I am somewhat disinclined to take them at their word.
Is the ad an actual Brady Campaign product? Did they really post it on their Facebook page? We will probably never know for absolute certain. But what is for certain is that graphic completely sums up the arguments and positions of your average anti-rights cultist quite plainly – "do not defend yourself, just give the criminal what he wants".
Hell with that.