Freedom Group: Internet Rumor
Recently (4Q 2011) several members have forwarded an
e-mail to ISRA that they received regarding gun control
financiers, specifically George Soros, attempting to gain
control of the majority of the firearms and ammunition
industry in the US with the ultimate result to shutting
them all down. The emails typically go something like
For the last several years a company called The Freedom
Group has been
buying up gun and ammunition manufacturers. Some of the
Bushmaster, Marlin, Remington, DPMS, Dakota Arms and H&R.
Some people worry that this Freedom Group is going to
control most of the firearms companies in the United
If you control the manufacturers you can decide to stop
selling to civilians. What a perfect way to control guns.
Now if you do some digging you will see that The Freedom
Group is owned
by a company called Cerberus Capital Management. Guess who
Cerberus??? GEORGE SOROS !!!!!!!!! One of the most evil
men on this
planet who wants to restrict or ban all civilian guns.
Please pass this on to all your freedom loving friends.
This needs to come out.
Why have we not heard about this in the "mainstream"
media? I would think this would be BIG news.
Here are the facts:
Freedom Group owns a large number of firearm and ammo
manufacturers. This is TRUE.
Freedom Group is owned by Cerberus. This is also TRUE.
Soros owns Cerberus. FALSE or at least highly
improbable and unable to be confirmed.
This ‘warning’ started as e-mail forwards in late
2009/early 2010 when Freedom Group attempted to go public
with stock and they bought up Barnes Bullets.
Cerberus was started and is owned by Stephen Feinberg. No
reputable sources we have found (ie Wall Street Journal,
Businessweek, etc. ) list Soros in any way connected to
Cerberus. Most locations for this are online message
boards or blogs that copy/paste the same or similar
'warnings' like the one above. Occasionally 'Soros &
Feinberg' wording is added to them to give the alert some
semblance of credibility.
So while Soros IS a gun grabber through funding
such organizations as IANSA and Media Matters, it's not
through Cerberus or Freedom Group.
The people who forward these and similar emails are alarmed,
naturally, and well intentioned.