At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence Wednesday, conservative activist Gayle Trotter suggested that many gun control advocates are guilty of hypocrisy.
A prominent Washington lawyer and senior fellow at the conservative Independent Women's Forum, Trotter argued that "political figures," "Hollywood celebrities" and a reporter at the suburban New York City newspaper that published the addresses of gun permit holders rely on firearms for their own protection.
Armed guards often serve in the employ of those who themselves advocate for more restrictions on gun rights. Political figures seek to restrict gun rights, and Hollywood celebrities somberly urge Americans to “demand a plan” to reduce gun violence despite their own roles in graphically depicting lethal violence on the screen. In both cases, however, many of these political figures and celebrities already have their own plan: They rely on guns to safeguard their own personal safety. For example, armed guards protected a suburban newspaper in New York after the newspaper published the names and residential addresses of gun permit holders, and the newspaper’s own reporter already used a gun for his protection.