Interesting how the other side sees things:
The parallels of how conservatives turned the word “liberal” into a slur, much like gun proponents have turned “gun control” into a detestable concept, is worth considering. Staying on message and repeating it broadly is essential. It’s one of the key reasons why gun extremists have been successful in blocking policies to prevent gun violence in most of the country, despite overwhelming public support for “gun control”.
There is true political power when a movement can take away your opponents language and turn it against them, denigrate their legitimacy and values, and most importantly question their entire identity. Sounds familiar?
Several gun violence prevention organizations struggle with what to call themselves, and where to align their politics and strategy. What words should we use to identify ourselves: “gun safety”, “gun control”, “cease-fire”, “anti-violence”?
There is strong debate between advocates about whether “gun control” is a losing terminology because it is sounds so negative and turns latent supporters off. But here is the dirty little secret: guns do in fact need to be “controlled”.
On “gun safety” the NRA is the undisputed champ with 50,000 certified instructors that teach about 750,000 gun owners per year. How many people do all the anti-gun groups combined teach “gun safety” to? Washington Ceasefire had a student intern type that was going to be doing something along those lines but I never heard from them again after they gave a presentation I went to in about ’98 or ’99. So my guess is the number hovers right near zero.
In Washington State we took the steam out of Washington Ceasefire public appearances by showing up with Ceasefear (thank you Ray Carter for coming up with that name) signs and shirts (I’m a Ceasefear instructor).
The violence statistics after guns have been heavily restricted or banned put a lie to their claiming to be against violence.
The author above admits “gun control” sounds negative and turns off latent supporters but yet acknowledges that gun control is what they really want. Sort of like “White Supremacist” sounds bad but that in fact is their true objective.
I’ve got a name for them–they should identify themselves as Bigots for Gun Control.