Quote of the day—Fusil Banniere

As a violence policy advocate, the steps needed to end gun violence are clear.

The First step is to make people aware of the problem. The easiest way to do this is to take advantage of high profile incidents that involve guns and to use them to get media time for our cause. This bigger the incident, the better so be sure to highlight the carnage and the emotional aftermath. People will readily make decisions when their emotions are elevated that they would not have considered at other times. It’s important to ignore comparisons to incidents that involve other implements such as explosives or planes since these will distract from the ultimate goal. Treat all defensive uses of guns as suspect and doubt their credibility and viability. It might be helpful in these circumstances to confuse the lawful use of guns for protection with criminal use since the moral difference isn’t easily distinguishable to some people. When using statistics, remember to include all gun deaths including those that could be self-defense or suicide. As an example 15,000 people commit suicide with a gun each year. By labeling these deaths “gun violence”, readers will assume they passed because of a criminal act. Since this doubles the number of true gun violence victims from 15, 000 to 30,000 then the number is twice as high and therefore seems twice as tragic and should produce twice the emotional response.

Fusil Banniere
May 2, 2012
Comment to A Little Girl Named Annie, and a Man With a Gun
[I’m nearly certain this is satire because I don’t think I have ever seen an anti-gun person this rational and open about their methods. In any case it is nice to see it articulated so well.—Joe]

6 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Fusil Banniere

  1. Doesn’t Fusil Banniere mean something like “Banner of the Gun” or “Flag of the Gun”?
    You may well be right about honesty like that not normally coming from the anti’s.

  2. From a previous Fusil Banniere post:

    “As a violence policy advocate, it’s important to note that none of what I write is personal conjecture but instead comes from the study of statistics, polls, and opinion found through research of web sites on the Internet. It’s come to my attention that gun owners belong to the NRA and are Tea Party Insurrectionists Extremist Gunophile Fetishists. It’s also notable that they will often give up their families, careers, and even their life to have “Wild West” type shootouts over minor disputes such as parking spots or to compensate for some other shortcoming. Again, this is not personal conjecture but consensus among the public as verified in the Comments sections of several web sites. That’s not to say that they don’t favor common sense civilian disarmament polices such as the prohibition of AK-47 Assault Weapons since they can now safely be considered Weapons of Mass Destruction, and have no civilian use, or the reasonable ban of Glock brand machine pistols since they have no militia use and therefore, are not protected by the Second Amendment. This information comes from recent polling and a quick search will show that to you. Of course we shouldn’t overlook high power, armor penetrating , 9mm ammunition as well. I would like to join my peers and urge legislators at every level to Dis the Deadly Myths and Reclaim the Constitution, by proposing sensible and reasonable policies that register and eventually disarm the public though no one is talking about handgun bans.”

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s satire.

  3. The fact that we have to question whether it’s satire is disturbing enough.

  4. In looking at the comments to that stupid piece, I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who’s annoyed by gun banners using violence in places where guns are already banned as a reason for banning guns! To quote “DeclineToState”:

    New York City has some of the strictest gun – particularly handgun – control laws in the country, yet you claim it was still “easy” for her brother to get a gun. How many times does a tragedy like this have to happen before people like you realize “gun control”, no matter how strict, is a FAILURE. No matter how much you restrict and inhibit law-abiding Americans, criminals and disturbed people can still use guns criminally. The theory that you can control crime by putting more and more and more restrictions on law-abiding Americans has failed over and over and over again.

    By the way, would you have been as outraged if her brother had stabbed her to death? Would you be blaming knives for her death and be demanding more “knife control” laws?

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