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What memes do we need?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Oleg Volk, May 14, 2007.

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  1. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme

    a "unit of cultural information" which can propagate from one mind to another in a manner analogous to genes

    Propose new memes for promoting RKBA. Self-defense is a human right is one such. Short and catchy. For this exercise, don't worry about being concise, try to be accurate.

    Better to be tried by twelve than carried by six is another meme that has great currency.

    What should we popularize next?
     
  2. Grump

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    Expanding the short one proposed:

    Your right to life includes the right to equal or exceed any illegal or immoral force attempting to end that life.

    And try this:
    Letting an unjustified killer live or remain free is an immoral act of assisting with the next murder.

    Generally, the current SCOTUS lethal force against a fleeing felon rule allows it ONLY if the felon has just recently killed, and is fleeing the scene while still armed (I believe this should include the killer still having hands if it was a bare-fisted or blunt instrument killing) and able to do it again.
     
  3. Justin

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    I trust my fellow citizens to safely own guns.


    FWIW, the fact that the antis haven't been able to get more traction out of the Virginia Tech shooting seems to be a result of the fact that we've been able to spread the meme that citizens should be allowed to defend themselves.
     
  4. Gordon Fink

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    A meme must be self-replicating.

    ~G. Fink
     
  5. JesseL

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    Prohibition doesn't work.
    It didn't work for alcohol.
    It's not working for drugs.
    It doesn't work for guns.
     
  6. JesseL

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    If you don't trust someone with a gun, why would you trust them:
    • to teach your child
    • to dispence medication
    • to operate a vehicle
    • with a kitchen knife
    • to build your home
    • to prepare your food
    • to maintain your car

    ???
     
  7. G36-UK

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    How about "Misuse shouldn't be a reason to destroy proper use. That's basic common sense."?

    Probably not a good one, I know, but I feel it's a good rebuttal to those who talk about "common sense" (read: irresponsible) laws like the AWB.
     
  8. Byron Quick

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    There's one I use for folks who don't believe the 2nd Amendment means what it says:

    I have a right to life. Therefore I have a right to defend my life. Thus it follows that I have a right to own the tools necessary for that defense. Firearms are the best tools developed to date for that defense. Even without the 2nd Amendment, I have a right to keep and bear arms. So does any human being, anywhere.
     
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    I shoot therefore I am!
     
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    Firearm ownership is the ultimate civilright. It protects all others.
     
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    Hmmm.... The fact that this one came to me so fast has me worried I'm stealing it.... if I am, please tell me lol, and I apologize in advance

    "For the Hunters and the Hunted, guns are a way to life."

    The hunted being victims of crimes. Although it sounds more like it belongs on a poster. I don't know.
     
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    Or "I shoot, therefore I will be."

    Hm. Not really as catchy when I write it down, though. Plus, it might backfire if used as a pro-2A argument. Still, I liked it.

    Anyway...
     
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    People are moral agents -- guns as tools cannot be evil.
     
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    That is the one I'm most behind. Perhaps it could be said more succinctly, but the essence of it is incredibly important for us to re-learn as a society I think. Sort of a retelling of "when you are kind to the cruel, you are cruel to the kind."
     
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    Citizens who own weapons prevent Hollocaust.


    (or genocide--but Hollocaust is a memetic bandwagon that keeps rolling and is a concrete reference to a moment when citizens denied arms were murdered as a result).
     
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    I kind of like the "You can't beat a woman who shoots" meme. That one should get wider circulation.

    "Human life is worth defending" is one of the more brilliant ones Oleg's done. Very succinct, very accurate, and very inarguable.

    "Do you really want only the conservatives to have guns?" :) I tried that one on a liberal friend. I think her head nearly exploded. ("Do you really want only your enemies to be armed?" would be the more-universal way of putting it, I think.)

    pax
     
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    "Gun free zones" are free killing zones.

    Tyranny demands a disarmed citizenry.
     
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    Criminals love gun control. They prefer unarmed victims.

    (Or "heart" gun control.)
     
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    Gun control works. Ask Hitler, Stalin Mao or Castro.
     
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    One meme I have been thinking about lately:

    Why do we try to punish 99.99% of people because of the misdeeds of .01%?

    I find such actions to be utterly irrational and unacceptable.

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    Another point we need to make emphatic, because I believe we have never chosen to do so, is that at the heart of our RKBA is a sub-culture, a hobby, that is very dear and true to us. It is a big part of us-- our identification.

    We need to emphasize, even emotionally, how "they" would feel if someone tried to restrict or remove their beloved hobby. We have to humanize our love, our pastime.

    We have to try to get "them" to understand how they would feel if the shoe were on the other foot.
     
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    Every honest man or woman should have a gun and know how to use it.
     
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    An Oath is and Oath - Defend the Bill of Rights !
     
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    "Never part with your weapons when you are in the field..."

    "Those who keep you from defending youself are not your friends."
     
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    My first answer disappeared...strange.

    "Criminals don't obey the law, by definition, so how is another one going to help?"

    And of course, my siggie line.:cool:
     
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