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Thread: GRNC Alert 05-26-10: Marriott Disinformation on Signs Coming Down

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    GRNC Alert 05-26-10:
    Marriott Disinformation on Signs Coming Down

    Read Paul Valone's full article:

    Marriott tells callers "no firearms" signs coming down as part of apparent disinformation campaign.

    Marriott CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr. linked to gun control group.

    Late Monday afternoon an ostensibly apologetic and congenial Keith Thomas, assistant to CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr., told a Grass Roots North Carolina board member that Marriott had "stepped on a hornet's nest" and promised to remove signs prohibiting lawful firearms in hotels nationwide. Of the Charlotte Marriott City Center, where signs posted during the NRA convention made inadvertent criminals of conventioneers, Thomas promised signs had already been removed.

    But on Tuesday, signs at Marriott properties - including the Charlotte hotel - remained in place while Marriott executives became "unavailable" for, according to office receptionists, a litany of conflicting reasons. Meanwhile, Charlotte Marriott Director of Loss Prevention Sammy Jones refused to comment on the status of signs.

    Some gun rights supporters are now expressing concerns that the claim by Thomas was merely a dodge to deflect the thousands of e-mails and phone calls pouring in from around the country. In addition to the mounting boycott "going viral" on gun forums, it was featured by nationally syndicated radio host Tom Gresham on "Gun Talk."

    But evidence suggests a more sophisticated corporate disinformation campaign in operation: By putting out the false message that Marriott is removing signs, the corporation sought to have gun rights activists do its bidding by putting out messages to that effect on Internet forums. Those of us who have spread the "Marriott is pulling signs" message are, in fact, spreading their disinformation. To counter their effort, see "Immediate Action Required" below.


    In what might explain Marriott International's decision to prohibit lawful firearms in all of its hotels, a reader recently discovered a link between its Chairman and CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr. and a longtime gun control organization, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, formerly the National Coalition to Ban Handguns.

    Run by longtime anti-gun activists Michael Beard and Joshua Horowitz, CSGV's recent agenda includes registering private gun sales at gun shows, banning semi-automatic firearms, mandating "microstamping" of firearms and generating propaganda against lawful concealed carry.

    A March 10, 2010 press release by Marriott lists Mr. Marriott's accolades and "achievements," including the following:

    "Mr. Marriott is actively involved in various boards and councils including...the board of trustees of the National Urban League..."

    Among many left-wing causes advocated by the National Urban League, it is listed prominently among members of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Does J.W. Marriott, Jr. know his charitable efforts are being used to undermine your rights?


    Since Marriott seems to think gun owners are easily fooled, it is time to redouble our efforts and deliver a clear message by taking the following actions:

    1. Call all Marriott executives on the "Feedback Days" designated below. If they can make outgoing calls, you aren't really trying. To avoid charges of "harassment" call each executive only once (presuming you manage to reach them) and maintain a civil tone. If you don't get through to them, keep trying. If you can't call during the designated hours, call whenever you can. Additional Feedback Days may be designated in the future.
    2. Counter Marriott's disinformation campaign: Post the "Marriott lies to gun owners" message on every forum and blog you can find. Failure to do so will allow an anti-gun multi-national corporation to control the message.


    Stay tuned for additional days as required.

    Wednesday (5/26): 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Eastern Daily Time)
    Thursday (5/27): 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern Daily Time)
    Friday (5/28): 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern Daily Time)


    * Keith Thomas: Reports directly to JW Marriott, Jr. himself. Thomas can be reached at Mr. Marriott's office at either or 800-621-0999.
    * Kathleen Matthews, Executive Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs:
    *, 301-380-7770. Her assistant, Marilyn Cole, is available at: or 301-380-7525.
    * Chad Callaghan, Vice President of Loss Prevention: His assistant, Pat Murphy, is available at 301-380-7814. His pager is: 800-313-9391.


    * Keith Thomas, assistant to JW Marriott, promised that signs prohibiting lawful gun owners from protecting themselves and their families on Marriott properties would be removed. Not only are the signs still present, corporate executives have been unresponsive to gun rights leaders attempting to negotiate removal. If Marriott executives think gun owners are so easily fooled, they underestimate the problem on their hands.
    * Hilton Hotels, unlike Marriott, has no policy prohibiting firearms in its hotels. Gun owners will be actively pursuing alternatives to Marriott.
    * Finally, ask what Mr. Marriott knows about his trustee position with the National Urban League and its participation in Coalition to Stop Gun Violence efforts to strip you of your rights. If they claim lack of awareness, will he resign the position now that league participation is known?


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    senojkj wrote:
    Late Monday afternoon an ostensibly apologetic and congenial Keith Thomas, assistant to CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr., told a Grass Roots North Carolina board member that Marriott had "stepped on a hornet's nest" and promised to remove signs prohibiting lawful firearms in hotels nationwide.
    Sort of like the "hornets nest" that General Cornwallis stirred up in Charlotte in 1780?

    When will the Oligarchy learn? Trying to take the guns away from the citizens of the USA always results in a ruckus...
    “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
    –Mark Twain

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