Gun Protestors Reveal True Motives To Fleccas Talks
Published : April 3, 2018
Austen Fletcher of Fleccas Talks recently released a video featuring actors cold reading gun facts off of a teleprompter. Made in collaboration with MAGA Midge, Fletcher said they held an open casting call to make an “Honest PSA.” With the idea that many actors Fletcher comes into contact with in Los Angeles do not participate in politics, the casting call would force them to read gun facts that they may have never heard.
“The goal was to really open people’s minds and give them middle-of-the-road basic facts, and see how they take them,” Fletcher said. “Most of the people were really surprised, and it actually woke them up a little bit.”
Some of the facts included that handguns are responsible for more than 80% of total mass shootings and that nearly all mass public shootings have occurred in gun free zones.
Several of the actors discussed on- and off-camera that they had never thought about the facts but had blindly followed the crowd. Once they heard the facts, many changed their minds. Fletcher said they brought in 30 people and shot three videos, with two videos yet to be released. The topics will be illegal immigration and feminism.
Fletcher said he also made a video with facts about Islam, but will likely never release it because he believes the powers of YouTube will delete his channel. In a December 2017 interview with Healthy Republic, Fletcher discussed the demonetization of some of his and other conservatives’ YouTube videos. Only after individual appeals by Fletcher did his videos become re-monetized, long after the bulk of views had been tallied.
On March 26, Fletcher published his video of the March For Our Lives protest in Los Angeles. The event was a sister march to the main event in Washington, D.C. The marches across the country were in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14.
Fletcher has released nearly 30 videos of protests in the past year and has had enough time exposed to the expectation of attendees. Yet, there are still moments that set each protest apart from another. The March For Our Lives protest had its own misinformation and specificities that made it unlike any of the previous protests.
“These people were victims of propaganda,” Fletcher said. “They were all out there saying ‘we don’t want to take your guns, but in Australia they had a great mandatory buyback program.’”
In the video, Fletcher highlighted the protestors’ ideas of having Americans give back their guns as was done in Australia. The protestors believed the 1996 mandatory buyback placed upon Australian gun owners helped reduce the number of mass shootings, but they failed to see that there were not high numbers of mass shootings from the start. The buyback was in response to the Port Arthur Massacre in April 1996. Many protestors believed in the correlation of less guns equaling less crime.
“We’ve seen it time and time again all over the world that that’s not the case,” Fletcher said.
Ultimately, Fletcher’s goal is to educate the public and help create discourse about the issues Americans collectively face. With too much emphasis being put on right versus left, people are discouraged and view both sides as skewed, so they disregard everything, he said.
“The best way to do it would be on the individual basis, going to the marches, going to the protests, taking it to the streets yourself and asking these people questions, engaging in dialogue with them, and maybe trying to teach them,” Fletcher said. “Maybe they can teach you something. Just have these exchanges.”
Fletcher views the left’s ability to be the loudest as reason for the silent majority who think the left has gone too far to disengage. By having individuals employ in concerted exchanges, Fletcher believes some people can be “brought back to reality.”