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Why Itís Not Quite 1994
pagunblog.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | Sebastian

Posted on 12/18/2012 3:34:47 PM PST by marktwain

Some folks have said it’s like 1994 all over again. I disagree. There are many factors that are different. Some play in our favor, and some don’t. But the ones that do:

* We have better access to the media than we did in 1994, such as this Dave Kopel article in the Wall Street Journal illustrates.

* Back in 1994, the standard competition rifles were the M1A, the M1 Garand and M1 Carbine. If people owned a semi-auto, it was probably more likely to be a Mini-14 than an AR or AK. Today those have largely been replaced by the AR-15, except for specific Garand or Carbine competition.

* That leads us to numbers. We have more far people that would be affected by a ban today than yesterday. My fear is that many of these new owners are not

politically initiated, and will likely spend their time panic buying rather than trying to stop the predators of their rights.

* Anti gun groups are much weaker, relatively, than they were in 1994. They fought us for a decade on the Brady Bill, and when the dam finally broke, they were very strong, and NRA was at a weak point. I think part of the urgency you see how is that many on the left know if they can make no headway in the aftermath of this, they are finished. Keep in mind the stakes for them are every bit as high as they are for us. This works both ways.

* The media, overall, is less influential. We have plenty of new outlets to express ourslves and communicate.

Gun owners need to be quietly influencing things on social media. I generally don’t do politics on my FB page; it’s a way to keep in touch with friends, family, and coworkers. I am open about being a gun owner and a shooter. I have been making a personal appeals on this topic since yesterday, without making it overtly political. Are you going to be around family these holidays? Talk. Don’t shout about your rights, and get angry. Make personal appeals. We have to talk our way out of this, not shout our way out. Make your family, friends, co-workers, etc know how much some of these proposals would affect you. Most people don’t know what it’s like to be a gun owner and a shooter, if they aren’t one themselves. Frame it as being like someone demanding you turn over your car, without being compensated for it. Or suggest you can’t ever buy the car you like again, or sell or trade your car in, because some drunk plowed into a bus full of kids and killed them. Imagine if when you said that wasn’t fair, you were told the whole thing was your fault anyway for for being a driver and having a car fetish. Don’t let them get away with, “but cars aren’t meant to kill people,” dodge. Make them imagine that reality as a hypothetical. Make them think about how that would make them feel. When they reach that understanding, if they are capable, you follow up with

“That’s what it’s like being a gun owner. I had nothing to do with this, but I am told I am to be punished because of the actions of a psychopath. It is not conceivable that this could ever happen with cars, because everyone owns them and is familiar with them. But this happens all the time to gun owners.”

I think even the most hardened, but thoughtful person, could be made to understand that.


TOPICS: Education; Government; History; Politics
KEYWORDS: 1994; action; banglist; strategy
We have the facts, the Constitution, the culture, reason, and logic on our side.

They have emotion, the MSM, and a remorseless lack of morals.

We can win this.

1 posted on 12/18/2012 3:34:57 PM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Yes, we can.

But we must fight, and fight hard.


2 posted on 12/18/2012 3:42:53 PM PST by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less.)
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Y'mean the guys 2 1/2 minutes away but took 20 to get there then stood around for .. I don't know how long ... were in charge of gathering evidence?

THOSE guys ?

3 posted on 12/18/2012 3:43:50 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: marktwain

The best thing to do now is to drag this out and let the emotionalism wane. There is no reason to rush into something we will regret later, in fact, it is inadvisable to legislate in a state of grief and anger.


4 posted on 12/18/2012 3:49:41 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: marktwain

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infring


5 posted on 12/18/2012 3:50:45 PM PST by DownInFlames
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To: marktwain

In order for good to triumph over evil good must be very very good.

We have our work cut out for us.


6 posted on 12/18/2012 4:39:40 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: marktwain

But the interbational “community” - the same that destroyed South Africa - is seeing the destruction of America as a given.


7 posted on 12/18/2012 4:55:49 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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