Brady Campaign School Shooting Threat Hotline PSA Is Actually Decent

Apparently in 4 out of 5 school shootings the attacker tells someone about it first:

There are three more videos on their YouTube channel that are more or less the same, and have the message:

Call 1-866-SPEAK-UP to anonymously report a weapon threat at school.

I don’t see eye to eye with pretty much everything the Brady Campaign stands for… banning “assault clips” (LOL), disarmament and all that, but I’ll say that these ads are actually decent (despite the fact they look as if they were made in the early 90s), compared to their usual crap.    I have two questions:

  1. What is your hotline going to do, that calling the police directly will not accomplish?  
  2. Are you prepared to ask proper questions, to make sure you’re not sending SWAT to schools where some kid has a mock gun handled umbrella or made a gun shape with his fingers?

Brady-Campaign-Ban-Assault-ClipsWe’ll see how this goes.  Anyone have any thoughts or other concerns?  This is one group of videos The Brady Campaign could likely keep comments open on, and people wouldn’t tear them a new one.

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Jeff March 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

One of the most irresponsible political stunts I have seen in a long time. If someone is threatening to shoot up your school, DO NOT WASTE TIME CALLING THIS NUMBER! CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY! These idiots want you to call them first so they can get their face in the media and get more donations. Do not trust the lives of your friends or children to these lobbyists. Dial 911 and let the people trained to handle situations like this take over. All police departments have anonymous tip lines as well. Don’t allow these clowns to be the only link between you and the officers who can actually do something about it.

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ENDO-Mike March 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

I’m thinking the one advantage is that a lot of people are definitely intimidated by the police for one reason or another. This gets past though… but I agree police SHOULD be the ones to be called over this number for sure.

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dgdimick March 25, 2014 at 02:15 pm

I call BullShit on the 4 out of 5 numbers. As is the norm for the Brady Bunch, they just pulled that number out of their asses.

As for the idea of calling a 866 number – now you have to remember a 10 diget number instead of 911?

Last time I looked you can call 911 and are not forced to leave your personal information.

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Scott March 25, 2014 at 04:23 pm

Because 911 is too hard to remember, here is a much longer and harder number to remember.

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Quint Young March 26, 2014 at 09:53 am

Whats to stop a persona from using such a service to report a false attack. There where kids at my highschool who would make false bomb threats to try and get out of test.

It seems like someone could easily report a false incident to these guys, they would cry bloody murder to the police about it, school gets raided by a SWAT team, the kids think it’s funny, and the Brady Campaign gets blamed

I dont even think that would be a false police report on the student’s fault because it was the Brady Campaign people that actually made the report.

Opinions?

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ENDO-Mike March 26, 2014 at 09:56 am

haha yea that’s an interesting point, I bet the cops roll their eyes when they see things like this number. That would be hilarious if they told the Brady Campaign to piss off and let the pros handle it.

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jpcmt March 26, 2014 at 04:55 pm

I can imagine the call going like this:
kid: my friend says he’s gonna [use your imagination]
brady douche; that’s great! so you saw our commercial and called us? Faaaabulous! can I ask who your parents voted for in the last election?
kid; uh, i just said my friend is going to [use your imagination]
brady douche; oh yeah, of course, we don’t want to waste your time before we call 911 for you but i do have a few questions to ask you..first, does anyone in your family belong to the NRA? does your dad have any guns in his house? how do you like common core? how do you…
kid; nevermind douche, i’ll call 911
brady douche; NO! do NOT hang up or I’ll send mayor bloomberg to your home with a swat team dammit! you will OBEY… *click*

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ENDO-Mike March 27, 2014 at 04:55 pm

haha yea no kidding. They think they’re going to get so many wins from this number though I bet.

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