Why don't I ever see advertising for the positive use of firearms?


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epijunkie67
August 7, 2005, 04:25 PM
Recently around Knoxville I've seen billboards from the sheriffs department talking about "Lock up your guns. Do a guncrime spend more time in jail." kind of stuff. How come none of the progun groups ever put positive advertising in the paper or on TV?

A nice quarter page ad in the newspaper with something like "On -- day Ms XXX was attacked in her home by a violent rapest. Fortunately she was able to defend her life with her pistol and the criminal fled from the home."

"On --- day Mr XXX was attacked by 3 men with knives who attempted to kill and rob him. He was able to draw his legally concealed handgun and defend the life of himself and his family"

And follow each article with some verifiable gun fact like "Children under the age of 6 are more likely to drown in a bucket than to be killed by accidental gunfire."

Not to advertise to people to BUY a gun, just to show the positive side of them. Though most media has an antigun slant they usually don't care what they advertise as long as the check clears. Maybe we could introduce a little "hey, maybe guns aren't so bad" thinking into joe average. It would make getting popular support for pro gun laws easier.

How come I'm not seeing THIS in the popular media?

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marshall3
August 7, 2005, 04:31 PM
Nearly all movies are very pro gun. Look at all the movie posters out in front of the theaters. All the heroes save the day by shooting the bad guys. James Bond, Dirty Harry, Mr and Mrs Smith, on and on. Americans love guns, and love to see bad guys get shot.

The Real Hawkeye
August 7, 2005, 04:37 PM
How come none of the progun groups ever put positive advertising in the paper or on TV?The NRA used to have a very effective advertising campaign like that. They used to have ads showing people victimized by crime, and then asking how it would be different if the victim were armed, and such as that. Wonder why they stopped.

Justin
August 7, 2005, 05:14 PM
Recently around Knoxville I've seen billboards from the sheriffs department talking about "Lock up your guns. Do a guncrime spend more time in jail." kind of stuff. How come none of the progun groups ever put positive advertising in the paper or on TV?

They can, and do. But it's kinda hard to present your side on equal footing when the other side is funded out of the pocket of the taxpayer.

Personally, I'd like to see more ads pushing the whole "Get into the shooting sports- it's a lot of fun!" angle.

While there's assuredly a time and a place for the serious political and self-defense messages, I think that should be supplemented with the message that using firearms responsibly is a highly enjoyable recreational activity.

Dionysusigma
August 7, 2005, 07:01 PM
Personally, I'd like to see more ads pushing the whole "Get into the shooting sports- it's a lot of fun!" angle.
+1.

Imagine if 3-gun and cowboy action shooting was picked up by ESPN. :)

SalukiFan
August 9, 2005, 12:35 PM
I recently took a trip to Iowa and drove through Illinois on Interstate 74 to get there. Around Urbana-Champaign there were a few pro-gun signs displayed in the "Burma Shave" style that encouraged shooting sports, talked about defensive use of firearms, etc. It was a nice surprise to see the signs up although I was still upset about having to case up my guns and lock them in the trunk when I got to the Indiana-Illinois border.

Here is a link that explains the signs and shows some of them:
Champaign County Rifle Association Signs (http://www.gunssavelife.com/GSLife/burma/burma.html)

I love it - Kudos to the CCRA!

Beethoven
August 9, 2005, 06:38 PM
Why don't I ever see advertising for the positive use of firearms?


Because it goes against the politically correct, communist agenda of most people in our government and media today.

Most people in our government and media do not want to see people able to defend themselves against crime, tyranny and injustice.

Most of all, politicians do not want us to realize that the intended purpose of the Second Amendment is and was to hunt THEM when they overstep their bounds.

Such thoughts are dangerous to those in positions of power and influence.

It is that simple.

Shootcraps
August 9, 2005, 07:03 PM
Because the media is full of liberal, communist, Jane Fonda loving idiots?

Gray Peterson
August 9, 2005, 08:33 PM
Because most of the MSM will not accept money from the NRA for advertising, no matter how much they offer. Wayne LaPierre explained it a lot better.

epijunkie67
August 13, 2005, 01:56 PM
But the ads wouldn't have to come from the NRA. There are all kinds of "concerned citizen" groups out there pushing their agenda and they manage to pull off full page spreads. I wonder if "Citizens for Community Safety" could buy a quarter page ad or a quick radio spot. Some nice politically.., well not correct but...., less offensive ad? In knoxville the local indoor range has some cheesy ads on the radio advertising their concealed carry courses and gun specials. Surely that could be done other places as well.

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