Second Amendment activist ‘disappointed and upset’ after gun control group dupes him into speaking at fake graduation

Second Amendment activist 'disappointed and upset' after gun control group dupes him into speaking at fake graduation

John Lott, a pro- Second Amendment activist, lashed out after being duped into speaking at a fake high school graduation in a ploy by a little-known gun control group. On Wednesday, Change the Ref, an organization aiming to raise awareness about mass shootings, released a video titled "The Lost Class," which showed Lott speaking to a chorus of empty chairs on June 4, an event he thought was a rehearsal for a prominent institution’s graduation commencement. The footage featured clips of Lott talking about gun background checks as the group panned over the empty chairs and insisted thousands of high school students die from firearm violence annually, a number Change the Ref says would be improved by more laws regulating gun sales. The Change the Ref ploy also included a speech from former National Rifle Association President David Keene, who now serves as the editor-at-large for the Washington Times. Keene may have been subject to the same misinformation from the organization. "If they feel that they have a strong argument, why is it necessary to take video and take things so completely out of context?" Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, told the Washington Examiner in a phone interview on Wednesday. "I mean, why is it necessary to do that?" "If they had confidence in their claims, they wouldn’t have to do stuff like this, they wouldn’t have to lie, [and] they wouldn’t have to go and take things out of context," he added. "I’m disappointed and […]

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