Dom Raso condemns an image of violence that the media outlet created to help push their agenda of lies. This is exactly the type of propaganda we're up against, he says, and notes that you can't preach tolerance and unity in one breath and in another interject your misconstrued opinion that the NRA is encouraging violence.
Listen to this quote from The Daily Beast: "We believe that the use of intimidation, fearmongering and threats of violence to crush the people's right to peaceful assembly, redress grievances and maintain a free press is the first step … towards authoritarianism."
Let's take a look at the image they used for this article. The Daily Beast doesn't tell you this, but they created that image by fusing two separate pictures together.
In the first picture, you have a woman who has been trained, empowered and given the skills and capabilities to protect herself and her family. The Daily Beast decided to take that picture of someone doing the right thing—taking their own personal safety and security seriously—and inserted a Marine in front of it, so that the barrel of her gun was pointing directly at his back.
Does that image not create fearmongering? The NRA didn't point the barrel at has back, The Daily Beast did. And yet they have the audacity to accuse us of intimidation and threats of violence.
They created this image of violence to push their agenda of lies. This isn't journalism, people. And this is the exact type of propaganda we are up against.
"They call for respect of all opinions, while degrading and belittling my opinion in the same article. They say that we need to encourage peaceful protests, but the NRA has never disagreed with or attacked the right to peaceful protest."Dom Raso
They call for the respect of all opinions, while degrading and belittling my opinion in the same article. They say that we need to encourage peaceful protests, but the NRA has never disagreed with or attacked the right to peaceful protest. Many of our more than 5 million members have even died for us to have that right.
What we have fought against is the growing violence in our own streets—in rhetoric from those who hate our president, and in propaganda like this, which deliberately puts an image of a Marine in front of the barrel of a gun.
If NRA members were rioting and using violence to get their way every time a gun control law got passed, or something happened that we didn't like, The Daily Beast would run that story as top news for months.
Just because we believe in the right to the Second Amendment doesn't mean we want any kind of violence or to even encourage it. We want the exact opposite. I ask God every day to look after those that I care about and this country. I also ask that, if necessary, he uses my trained hands to help protect the innocent.
Anyone who says the NRA is encouraging violence is spilling lies and propaganda from their mouth. You can't preach tolerance and unity and in the same breath interject your misconstrued opinion that the NRA is encouraging violence.
You know, it's sad because I do my best to continue to strengthen my brothers and sisters in arms at every given opportunity instead of tear them down. Clearly, we're on separate pages on that one.
I don't need to throw around my rank or my experience or my bio to prove a political point against my fellow servicemen and women. While you let The Daily Beast manipulate photos of a Marine in uniform, and tear down other people in the military, I’ll be fighting to get this country back on track and talking positive about all those who have fought and continue to fight regardless of their views.
You accuse us of fear mongering and violence for telling the truth, but everything in my video actually happened. Why do you feel compelled to alter the facts and to alter the picture you used? What exactly is your agenda and why do you have to resort to creating an image of violence towards a Marine to push it?
We don't resort to altering facts, images or video to try to push an agenda. Because when you fight with the clenched fist of truth, you don't need to.