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Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc.

Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by Cavalier Knight, Aug 31, 2007.

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  1. cnorman18

    cnorman18 Member

    Aug 27, 2007
    Dallas, Texas
    Mrreynolds posted that image to call attention to blatant bigotry.

    That is the SAME reason it was posted by the JFPO.

    Their site could not have made that more clear.

    Either mrreynolds was not paying attention, or this was a nasty little attempt to smear Jews.

    The Black community and the Civil Rights movement have had no better or more dedicated friends than American Jews.

    The NAACP was originally founded and financed by Jews.

    When Dr. Martin Luther King marched, prominent rabbis often marched at his side, including the late Abraham Joshua Heschel.

    When three civil rights workers were murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1964, two of them were Jewish men from New York.

    And so on.

    It has only been in very recent years that some in the Black community have come to regard Jews as the enemy, notably the unstable fanatic quasi-Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan and his openly anti-Semitic cronies. This is a tragedy--but to this day, that enmity and hatred has never been returned by the Jewish community.

    On the contrary: the Anti-Defamation League, the most prominent and proactive anti-bigotry organization in the U.S. and probably the world, continues to monitor instances of anti-Black racism as aggressively as it does anti-Semitism and every other form of prejudice.

    That some of you were so ready to believe that this filth came from the JFPO is very disappointing to me.

    No one on Earth knows better the vulnerability of a disarmed people than the Jews--or knows better the evils of bigotry and hatred. There are no people more dedicated to the cause of liberty and individual freedom than the Jews. The very idea of a "Jewish people" began with the Exodus from Egyptian slavery, and the "festival of freedom" is still celebrated every year at Passover.

    Before you ask: Yes, I am Jewish. 30 years ago I was a Methodist minister; I converted to Judaism at the age of 50.

    I found this thread offensive, too--but for an entirely different reason.

    "Draw your own conclusions," indeed.
  2. SaMx

    SaMx Participating Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    back and forth between PA and VA
    No attempt to smear Jews here. Just a really poorly designed webpage from the JPFO.
  3. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Terlingua, TX; Thomasville,GA
    I'd like to see whether or not mrreynolds has anything to add. It would appear that he misread the JPFO's effort. He certainly didn't reproduce the entire commentary, to show that it was an alleged BATF "license".

  4. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    Folks, let's focus on how the JPFO screwed up with this handout and not on the race thing. The point of Activism Discussion is to go over the details of what might and might not work in the struggle with gun prohibitionists.

    JPFO's handout fails to get it's message across. The message being that it's hypocritical and ironic that Rev. Jackson would promote the idea that Government is the only entity that can be trusted with firearms when the very government agency primarily responsible for regulating firearms is the very agency with this enormous controversy attached to it due to the "Good Ol' Boys Roundup" and it's racist overtones and the racist "hunting license". The problem is that the the average person doesn't remember anything about the Good Ol' Boys Roundup and JPFO's failure to put it in caps makes the average reader just think it's a phrase instead of a group identifier.

    Worse yet, it creates a controversy of it's own about Black/Jew racism by not clearly communicating it's message and in the process opens the organization up to questions of racism from folks that don't bother to read completely.

    That's how bad this bit of propaganda is. Not only did it fail to get it's message across it blows up in the JPFO's face by causing some to call the JPFO itself into question.

    So, let's try to focus on the purpose of AD and figure out what we can learn from this abysmal failure from the JPFO.

    First, they should have capitalized the letters so that good ol' boys became Good Ol' Boys and they should have added "Roundup".

    Second, they should have risked being wordy by reminding people of the Good Ol' Boys Roundup controversy.

    Third, they should have minimized the hunting license and identified it as having been handed out at the Good Ol' Boys Roundup.

    Fourth, they should have identified the Good Ol' Boys Roundup as a get-together of ATF and other federal agents.

    All that would have brought the reader up to speed about what the hypocrisy and irony was.

    By making the assumption that everyone already understood all this they missed the target altogether and harmed themselves and our common cause.

    We need to be sure that what we think "everyone" knows actually is something folks outside our movement are familiar with. No assumptions.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2007
  5. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    Jan 1, 2003
    SouthEast PA
    Agree with HSO.

    This is a textbook example of a failed message.

    If is a real world case of how doing something badly can damage yourself, your reputation, and your cause, and that is the primary value of leaving this thread visible.
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