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Are our Gun Fights hiding our broad agreements?

Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by Sage Thrasher, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. Caliper_Mi

    Caliper_Mi Participating Member

    Mar 1, 2009
    I agree, we have compromised too much already and it is a great time to roll things back towards a better middle ground. But, it is not so much what the NRA does or says as much as it is the way they say it.

    I know my father is against any form of gun registration and does not believe in restrictions on guns, or any other weapon for that matter. Pretty sure you would get is vote to repeal the NFA (hope the NRA will make a good push for that before too long). However his view of the NRA is that they are just as extreme as the anti-gun movement.

    Truth is, despite that I proudly count myself as a member of the NRA and wish they would take a harder line on gun laws, I cringe when I see some of the things Wayne LaPierre says in videos on the NRA website. Especially when he managed to get some air time on CNN regarding the Clinton AWB and totally blew it. I agree with what he was saying - CNN had showed a piece with a full auto AK-47 as "why we need the AWB - what does this have to do with hunting?". Typical straw argument that could have been rebutted in many ways, but Mr. LaPierre just started with loudmouthed accusations instead of calm reason and got cut off the air very quickly. Now, he may be looked on as a "martyr" of a sorts by many in the NRA membership for this action and you can make the argument that CNN wanted to cut him off anyways, but my point is that he didn't have to go and make it easy for them! He won nothing for the pro-gun side by effectively falling on his sword and giving the newslady a perfect opportunity to pull the plug and look like the good guy. This is the face of the NRA that people see and think "geez, those guys are nuts". A better approach would have been a calm, reasoned argument that would appeal to most suburbanites who are really fence-sitters on the gun argument but have not handled one. This could foster more understanding, win a few friends and makes it a lot harder for CNN to cut the NRA off without making CNN look bad.

    Honestly, I think stuff like the "Why Liberals should love the 2A" article are just the thing the NRA needs to do. I think that article is perfect. The 2A is our right, as a last resort, to change the Government by force if necessary. Stop tying gun rights so much to hunting. Connect RKBA to the principle of America, freedom, Mom and apple pie, etc. Gun ownership is why we pledge allegiance and not "God save the Queen".
  2. Autolycus

    Autolycus Mentor

    Feb 13, 2006
    In the land of make believe.

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