The founder of Mike Bloomberg’s anti-gun organization was once a well-paid corporate spokeswoman for left-wing bête noirs, Monsanto and WellPoint. The self-proclaimed “accidental activist” has a history of pro-abortion advocacy and high-end art dealing with her husband, a highly paid corporate exec.
She’s currently on a crusade to ban guns from grocery stories and Panera Bread.
Shannon Watts, nee Troughton, repeatedly describes herself as an “accidental activist” on her Twitter profile, in public events, spurred on by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook. “I am not a politician; I am just a mom from Indiana,” Watts told the Columbus Dispatch on February 24, 2013. “I’m an accidental activist.”
Earlier this year Watts’s organization, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, merged with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to form Everytown for Gun Safety, and received $50 million with the express purpose of combating the political influence of the NRA.
Despite her advocacy for children, Watts pressured the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to continue funding Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider in 2012. When the national Komen affiliate decided it would no longer fund Planned Parenthood, Watts announced to the Indianapolis Star that she, a former board member of the Komen group in Central Indiana, would be more involved with Planned Parenthood in the future.
Today Watts says she supports educating the public about “gun sense” but when she worked at Monsanto, a controversial genetically engineering firm, she opposed a ballot measure to educate the public by labeling genetically modified food in Oregon. “The general feeling is that the measure, if passed, would create a new set of bureaucratic rules and regulations and provide meaningless information at a considerable cost to consumers,” she said at the time. Watts also worked to stop a law barring genetically modified foods. “What’s important is that consumers have a choice.”
Watts pushed a widely discredited statistic that there had been 74 school shootings and defended it even after CNN and PolitiFact debunked it. But when Watts was at Monsanto she pooh poohed a scientific study from the University of Missouri-Columbia that showed Monsanto’s wide spread use of pesticides account for lower sperm counts among rural Missouri men. “It’s too early to judge whether the results of the study are valid,” Watts said.
Watts jumped over to WellPoint in 2005 after a brief stint at GE. There, she defended the insurance giant after its subsidiary, Blue Cross Blue Shield, was found to have “routinely” violated state law when it canceled individual health insurance coverage after policyholders got pregnant or sick.
The state investigation found that the company “used computer programs and a dedicated department to systematically investigate and cancel the policies of pregnant women and the chronically ill regardless of whether they intentionally lied on their applications to cover up preexisting medical conditions — a standard required by state law for canceling individual policies,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Watts incredibly defended the policy at the time. Under public pressure, WellPoint changed its stance. In other words, Watts, whose whole organization is about activating moms to fight guns, was fine with illegally denying pregnant ladies health insurance.
Shannon Watts of #Everytown also defended the denial of coverage to a bran-damaged 13-year old.