SALON: How To Silence The NRA

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    Sep 17, 2013 10:09 PM GMT

    By Brian Beutler, Salon.com
    In the hours after a mass shooting, all of a sudden, gun activists go quiet. It's all part of a calculated strategy



    There’s one time, and only one time, you can count on the NRA to be more subdued than your average gun obsessive, and it’s the 24 to 48 hours after a mass shooting.

    As of this writing, it’s been over 36 hours since the NRA issued any pro-gun public communication, and if past is prologue they’ll lay low until the jaded public accepts that nothing will become of the killing spree at DC’s Navy Yard, then return to their regular program of advocating for an armed society and stoking far-right paranoia.

    Two entwined calculations motivate the temporary silence. The first is simple self-preservation. The gun lobby is at its weakest when crazy people use the weapons they’ve made so easily obtainable to slaughter innocents in public places. The second is more oblique. Mass shootings breathe new life into arguments for gun control, and one way to suffocate them is to feign propriety and indignation — to shame adherents into saying nothing until the public has moved on.

    Thus, nothing is more offensive to a conservative after a mass shooting — with the exception, perhaps, of the killer’s action itself — than any effort to tie it to arguments about gun control.


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    Sep 17, 2013 11:33 PM GMT
    The NRA is a terrorist organization and should be treated like one.
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    Sep 18, 2013 3:01 PM GMT
    The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
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    Sep 18, 2013 4:29 PM GMT
    Compared the their opponents, the pro-gun movement generally uses rational, non-emotional arguments to support their positions.

    That tactic isn't effective in the hysterical, overwrought atmosphere immediately following a mass shooting, and the NRA simply chooses not to engage until things have settled down and the facts of the case are in.

    In this week's DC shooting incident, for example, it was reported that the perp used an AR15 style rifle. In fact, he used a Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun and two guns that he took from officers that he shot. He was eventually shot by a LEO who used an AR15.

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    Sep 18, 2013 5:02 PM GMT
    failscarf said
    Blakes7 saidThe only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.


    Joe and Isaiah have nothing on your writing.
    So when does your novel drop?


    Simple fact. Very simple.
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    Sep 18, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    rkyjockdn saidCompared the their opponents, the pro-gun movement generally uses rational, non-emotional arguments to support their positions.

    Except for arguments like this one (to paraphrase): owning all those guns will allow you to be the unlikely hero in the extremely improbable scenario that a gunman hits up somewhere like your local grocery store and whammo, you're there to take him down!

    Please...both sides are wrought with irrational arguments. Don't pretend that gun apologists are immune to purporting bullshit.
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    Sep 18, 2013 6:10 PM GMT
    failscarf said
    Blakes7 said
    failscarf said
    Blakes7 saidThe only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.


    Joe and Isaiah have nothing on your writing.
    So when does your novel drop?


    Simple fact. Very simple.


    I guess but I think they will disagree with the "fact" that you're a better novelist/writer than them.


    Why do you assume that I'm a writer?? I'm a blue collar guy since the age of 12.