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Letter to the Editor -- Tribune

Discussion in 'Activism' started by charon, Nov 15, 2007.

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  1. charon

    charon Member

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    The Chicago Brady Director has an interesting letter to the editor that I responded to (below). What's interesting is the lament over the challenges the antis are facing and their call to action :)

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/chi-1115ledeletternov15,0,3297830.story

    Here's my response:
    A bit long and low on emotion and with too many facts for a pro 2nd piece, but we'll see what the Trib does.
     
  2. jfh

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    I agree with your self-assessment about being too long, etc., etc.--but you have cogently presented VERY appropriate responses to these typical gun-control arguments.

    Jim H.
     
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    I like it. My vote is leave it as is. I don't think we can win with sound bites.

    I think the other side started out strong with mostly meaningless sound bites, and once we started putting out the truth it seriously blunted their progress and eventually may even have reversed it. Sound bites and distortion are all they have, and I think people outside the 2a community are starting to figure that out.
     
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    I like charon's response.

    My own response was as follows:

     
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    One would think if it was illegal, it would be covered under existing law.
     
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    That letter has zero chance of making it to the opinion side of the letters to the editor page.

    Too long. The poor intern tasked with editing it down is going to throw it into the circular crackpot file.

    Doesn't start with a good lead or hook. The poor intern tasked with editing it down is going to throw it into the circular crackpot file.

    Make your paragraphs one sentence, maybe two at the most. Make the whole mess no more than 3-4 paragraphs long.
     
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    Now, now. Stop being rational. You're not supposed to think.
     
  8. charon

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    I'm pretty much aware of that. I worked in PR for 5 years and have been a trade Journalist for 10 in an industry where I encounter the MSM frequently. I have actually had generating such letters as a job responsibility :)

    The real issue is that I (and the rest of us lay people) lack "authority" on this issue. If I were the head of some organization (regardless of its legitimacy) or had an academic title the length is less of an issue. Unfortunately, the head of our state rifle association is not particularly skilled in dealing with the biased urban media. Similarly, the Trib seldom publishes op-eds by guys like Lott as a counter. I'm sure there will be one or two "Guns don't kill people, people kill people..." 1-2 sentence rebuttals published, probably the least coherent and most extreme they can find.

    That's the way it works at the Trib. Give a huge soapbox to the antis and allow a handful of 1-2 sentence rebuttals (you're too generous in suggesting they would print a pro second rebuttal that had paragraphs). FWIW I have also seen private citizen anti posts that were as long, or longer. The editorial bias is as clear as the last AWB editorial that was (literally) a copy and paste from Brady.org

    This was an afterthought anyway :) More to release a little frustration. I posted a reply much longer reply in the online feedback. A side goal was to drive more online responses (over 70, mostly pro 2nd last time I checked) and let them know we are paying attention.
     
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    I would like to address every salient point made by Mr.Thomas C.Vanden Berk,
    in his diatribe about the epidemic of Gun Violence.
    and in closing I wish to ask Mr. Berk if he might in future rely more on facts than emotion?
    i dunno but i did Intend to be HiRoad!
    robert
     
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