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Could there be a backlash?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by monotonous_iterancy, Jun 12, 2014.

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  1. monotonous_iterancy

    monotonous_iterancy Member

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    There seems to have been a lot of high-profile shootings in the news lately. I know that there's another thread in this vein, but I'm not saying we should "do" anything.

    As I'm seeing another incident in the news, followed by another, and then another, I'm steadily growing concerned about what the "average person" is thinking.

    We at THR are a minority. We tend to be much more firm on our 2nd Amendment than most. We're more informed, and we tend to have a better perspective. Most people don't. Perhaps gun owners in general are a minority. I know that we easily avoided a major defeat recently, we've been steadily gaining ground overall. But we need to make sure we don't develop an echo chamber.

    I'd like to start a discussion on the following things. I think it's important, even if just for our future reference.

    1. What is the chance that a backlash could develop beneath our feet? That a "silent majority" could give us a setback when we least expect it?

    If it's possible, I'm not thinking that it would be led by anti-gun activists, it could be simply from most people tiring of hearing about (seemingly) regular tragedies.

    2. How do we recognize this when it starts? How do we counter it in it's early stages?
     
  2. wally

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    I think if people are actually paying attention to anything in the news beyond celebrity gossip, any backlash will be against all the lies being told by the current administration and their willfully blind media lapdogs -- "gun violence" statistics included.
     
  3. monotonous_iterancy

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    That illustrates part of what I'm saying. You and I are part of a minority. You know those statistics are false because you're passionate about gun rights and you care enough to spend your free time delving into the details of these things.

    Most people don't. They don't take time to learn the intricacies, to research the false methodologies used. They see CNN say "74 school shootings" and they take it at face value.
     
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    I started typing a similar thought before, and decided to stop. But you may be right, I more than anything else can see the President, "being a lame duck", putting some kind of mandate in place just to say he did something.
    Even if it is illegal and unconstitutional, he is the type of person who doesn't forget that we stopped him on the gun laws he tried to push through with the Assault rifle ban, so it wouldn't be far fetched IMO, to see him push through some kind of moratorium on certain types of weapons.
    Let's hope that doesn't happen, but nothing surprises me any more.:neener:
    He might try some kind of marshal law or emergency law that he pulled out of his rear end just because he is able to, "if he's able to". I am sure he is or has looked into it.
     
  5. readyeddy

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    No backlash, don't worry about it. Most Americans don't even watch the evening news or read the newspaper anymore. I mean, most Americans don't even realize that the $400 billion natural gas deal between Russia and China is without the petrodollar and even less know what the petrodollar is all about.
     
  6. hso

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    We have opportunists actively working against us and we need to accept and look for it. Every incident has important background information that we need to understand and to be prepared to counter the dumbed down "the gun is responsible" media rant.

    Shotgun used in Washington? Didn't Joe Biden say that's all you need?

    Kid off his meds wants to die having taken others with him? Where's the therapists, doctors, psychiatrists that should have reported he was a threat? Where were the parents that should have intervened?

    When do we start pointing out that the news media aggrandizing these people provide goals for notoriety and infamy?
     
  7. herkyguy

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    There will eventually be another panic. It's like anything else these days. What will set it off, I don't know, but since about 2008 or so, my buying practices have changed. I'm a much more savvy shopper nowadays. I don't buy at inflated prices, I know where to find good deals, and I try to speak honestly and frankly about responsible gun ownership with others who may or may not share my views.....
     
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    There is potential blow back against the 2A from any high profile crime involving a firearm. On the national level we dodged a bullet (;)) after some of the more lurid incidents in the last few years, but that only does so much to help people in Colorado or the New England states that jerked their knees after Sandy Hook. But if you're not always keeping an eye out for local/state/national repercussions from sensationalized crimes, you're likely to be caught by surprise at some point.
     
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    It's definitely a possibility and I too think obummer will try if he can, to do something. How to stop it? All I think we can do is to keep pushing our thoughts EASILY on the anti's. I also believe that the media plays the biggest role in all of it. I know I tend to watch or read the things that a person like us(pro gun) people would and the anti's watch and read what they are used to so it's tough to change the mind of someone that is continually brainwashed(not the correct term I know) by the media. We just have to keep gently pushing our agenda. Not the way the OC people are doing it. That's not helping anything on our end. We need to take kids with us to the range, regardless of who's kids they are and get them acquainted with guns. There, I'm done with my rant.
     
  10. monotonous_iterancy

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    Actually, President H.W Bush (republican), banned the importation by executive order of certain firearms after a shooting in the late 80s. It's happened before.

    In the 90s, President Clinton banned (by executive order) all importation of Chinese firearms.

    The president can't ban weapons outright, but he can stop the import of foreign made guns.

    As for martial law, that is not going to happen. I don't know all the details, but there are cultural and structural problems to implementing that, not the least of which is the clear triviality of declaring a "state of emergency" over gun violence.

    Obama is left-of-center, certainly, and he is no friend of freedom. However, he is not an evil Marxist wannabe dictator.
     
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    The majority of those who support the anti-gun agenda typically do so for what they feel are valid reasons. My experience has been that they are the very young, the educated elite (College professors and those who live off of government grants) and the ultra liberal. What I mean by ultra liberal are those who truly envision a utopian society of equality, safety and literal hugging and singing in the streets. Another group, the group that is the most tragic, are the victims and families of victims of gun violence who truly want the deaths and injuries of their loved ones to mean something. Of course, there are those I hesitate to mention... Those who basically don't have the intelligence to tie their own shoes.

    At the forefront, you have a very small group of very wealthy and powerful individuals who are guiding the aforementioned groups and manipulating them to their will. The very young are easily swayed. The educated elite make their fortunes studying and proclaiming the nonsense, and the ultra liberals honestly believe that a 100% peaceful and utopian society are possible and that guns are the only thing in their way. Those who grieve are exploited the most in my opinion. They are trotted out on stage in their mourning to, essentially, play on the emotions of the crowd. If you will notice, they are quickly discarded when their grief plays its course or, heaven forbid, have a change of heart.

    Unfortunately, those who lead this movement are extremely intelligent and calculating. They have done a magnificent job of casting us "Gun Nuts", as a bunch of toothless white supremacist hicks who hate the government. They have trained their followers that we all fit in the same mold and they have a list of talking points that are drilled into them so intensely that even proving to them on paper that they are wrong just doesn't cut it.

    The solution, in my opinion, is extremely difficult because it requires us to force them to see us OUTSIDE of that mold. This means always taking the high road (no pun intended). It means being willing to have discourse and never lose our cool regardless of the insults or blatant misinformation. It requires taking our time to help educate those who may be on the fence and stand up for the right without being confrontational or stooping to the level of stating false facts or misinformation like the opposition.

    The most difficult thing it requires is the willingness and ability to actually SEE the other side of the argument and understand WHY they feel the way that they do. Please don't mistake this with agreeing with them! People arrive at their beliefs through many ways and, without truly trying to understand why they believe the way that they do, they will see our side as simply argumentative etc.
     
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    As long as we speak and believe in absolutes and make decisions based on that there will always be the risks you speak of.
     
  13. monotonous_iterancy

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    Actually, I think that Wally's post under my OP illustrates the "echo chamber" I'm talking about.

    We can easily fall into a logic that goes like this,

    "Well, if people paid any attention at all, they'd know that the statistics on gun fatalities involving children involve those up to age 25 and include gang-fights."

    Things that are common knowledge to us, aren't to most people. We spend our free time reading about this stuff, getting into wonky detail.
     
  14. Joe Demko

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    The price of personal and political freedoms is frequently paid in lives. The lives are not infrequently those of people who weren't offered a choice. Doesn't matter whether we're talking about guns or cars or alcohol or many other things. That's the price. The average member of this board would, if pressed hard enough, probably finally admit the price for guns is worth it.
    Now all you have to do is convince those who don't to agree with you.
     
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    I worry that gun owners may become victims of our own success, particularly because of the wave of "shall issue" carry legislation. The pendulum swings one way, and then the other. The fact that more people are carrying guns, raises the profile of guns. If you couple this with the seemingly daily reports of shooting incidents, the result could be a growing revulsion against all guns by the general population. We can't afford to lose the battle for their "hearts and minds."
     
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    I have been trying to point this out

    For some time now..

    what do we have to counter of equal weight ?

    ANTI
    Look at these poor innocent children killed
    Look at these poor slain law enforcement officers
    Hype
    Hype
    Add more hype

    Gun supporters
    We haven't shot anyone today
    We fought for gun rights

    Which one do you think is going to sway opinion ?

    This is why in the activist thread (I wont cross post the link) I wrote a letter to our elected officials that people can copy, paste and send to their own representative. I even posted links that tell you who they are and how to contact them. I have even received some non-canned responses.

    But if you don't do it, email those people today, en masse, then don't wring your hands and post about it because if we do not push hard, public opinion will sway them. It is absolute truth that the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

    Be the squeaky wheel.
     
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    Those of us who study political theory (and who perhaps have not been personally touched by gun tragedy) would agree with you. However, the members of this board are not representative of the people we need to convince. The people we need to convince are the thousands who pack stadiums after shooting incidents, shouting cries of "Not one more!"

    If we couch the choice in terms of safety versus freedom, most people in this country today would choose safety over freedom. Perhaps that's a shame, but that's the way it is. This is not the revolutionary 18th century.

    And the argument that guns in civilian hands are a bulwark against tyranny doesn't resonate at all with the vast majority of voters. They figure that as long as they have the right to vote, nobody can tyrannize them. Who can blame them? They haven't lived through a Holocaust or a Nazi occupation the way my parents did.
     
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    No not with this senate or house. Be sure to vote in November to see that it is true with our next senate and house.
     
  19. Joe Demko

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    As long as the populace has guns, there will inevitably be some amount of misuse of guns with people injured or killed as a result. Now, how do we sell this fact as something with which everybody should be okay?
     
  20. barnbwt

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    All changes cause a backlash, and we've been winning a lot lately. It's the nature of the beast, history, because change never occurs gradually, but in fits and starts. Our system is specifically designed to damp this effect, which is why it's hard for us to win, or overreach.

    We're still operating between constitutional guardrails, so don't sweat the progress we might make.

    TCB
     
  21. ohbythebay

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    I'm sorry

    But the constitutional guiderails will pale in comparison to public outcry. We know our politico's are easily swayed...Just look at Obamacare...

    If you don't apply pressure and depend on what was written, then new things will be written and THAT will be the law.

    I keep saying Heller opened the door because of the caveat SCOTUS added. yes, you have the right to keep and bear arms...and they have the right to impose reasonable restrictions and guidelines. Define reasonable?

    What good is the right if its almost impossible to exercise ? Look to Jersey and NY.
     
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    My point is that we don't need to fear what we might accomplish 'for fear of a backlash' since the recoil will happen no matter how slow we go, and our system is specifically designed for this back and forth dynamic. What we need to do is fortify our gains while we have the initiative, instead of focusing solely on transitory gains like simple-majority passages of laws. I personally think that we should be lobbying congress to pass renewals of our favorite gun-friendly laws, if we aren't yet ready to test the waters on actually trying for new policy, since the renewal votes can be constructed to require larger majorities than they do currently (and et cetera) so they are better protected by all but court rulings. Assorted non-binding resolutions about the extent of congressional and executive powers on the issue would also be crowd pleasers if constructed properly.

    FWIW, the "reasonable restrictions" aspect of Heller was already unspoken law for generations, so them acknowledging this isn't that big a 'defeat,' or whatever, it was more that the existence of restrictions wasn't the issue before the court so much as the DC-specific prohibition laws (which were ruled unconstitutional).

    NY/NJ are the spawning ground of American gun laws going back over 100 years. No one expects that to change, and no one expects that kind of entrenchment to be dismantled quickly or without monumental effort (see again "fortifying your gains while having the initiative to tide you over for the times when the battle is going poorly"). Just as it will take a good part of 100 years to undo that damage, it will also take a good portion of that time to spread their garbage across the whole of the US (even when everyone was completely complacent about anti's back in '94, something as meager/pointless as an AWB was an monumentally foolish overreach; and we won't be fooled again). No danger of that happening any time soon, at least, not unaccompanied by more pressing existential threats to our system.

    TCB
     
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    And can be imposed at any time at the Federal level. It is called for almost every day.

    And could become the norm across the nation in a heartbeat.

    I feel like too many are living here in a plastic bubble. Recently, almost on a daily basis, the media and even the President are stirring up the pot.

    As was pointed out in someone else's post..The BIG majority of American's are non-gun owners. There is no loss of vested interest for them if they side with the anti's, throw up their hands and say "Yeah..makes sense".

    No fight is ever won being purely reactive; wars and battles are won being proactive.
     
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    For starters quit acting like losers and more like the winners we are.

    Gun owners are the majority.

    Gun rights are being expanded regularly.

    More & more people are buying guns.

    More & more people are losing confidence in the Government and taking responsibility for their own safety.

    Realize we will never change the anti's.

    Quit being scare of the anti's.

    Have confidence that the majority of Americans can see through the medias and politicians lies.

    Have courage.

    We are winning.
     
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    the first two

    Are false statements.
     
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