The anti-gun people have a narrative of “gun safety”. We know, as do they, they have never encouraged people to take a gun safety class or learn about guns. Ignorance and deliberate deception is all part of their game plan.
They insist background checks are “common sense” and save lives. They don’t save lives and are a deception for the real objectives:
- Creating lists of gun owners
- Delaying the exercise of a specific enumerated right
- Increasing the costs (time and money) of exercising our rights
They insist we don’t need a particular type of gun or accessory and we end up trying to convince them we do need it. It’s a Bill of Rights, not a Bill of Needs. They should be the ones attempting to convince us there is a “compelling governmental interest,” and have narrowly tailored the law to achieve that interest (strict scrutiny). Until they can do that the proposed law does not pass constitutional muster and they are attempting to infringe upon our rights. The default position is the proposed law is invalid until they can conclusively demonstrate they have met the requirements.
As it is we are playing defense and losing in public opinion.
It would seem to me that we need an easy narrative of our own. It must be something that tweets and sound bites well. It must put them on the defensive. We must gain the initiative in social media and when we contact our political representatives.
I discussed this with Brian K. and we came up with:
- http://bit.ly/EnjoyYourTrial1 (18 USC 241: Conspiracy against rights)
- http://bit.ly/EnjoyYourTrial2 (18 USC 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law)
These can be used in a variety of ways:
Think women shouldn’t be allowed to carry guns without a man’s permission? #EnjoyYourTrial (Aimed at may-issue states.)
Send teens to war but don’t let them own handguns? #EnjoyYourTrial
Disarm peaceful African Americans because they live in the wrong state? #EnjoyYourTrial.
Deny me the right to defend my family because of my skin color? #EnjoyYourTrial
You are trying to ban guns in common use protected by the Heller decision. #EnjoyYourTrial
A right delayed is a right denied. #EnjoyYourTrial
You are demanding people ask permission for a guaranteed right. #EnjoyYourTrial
Background checks don’t save lives (https://fee.org/articles/california-s-background-check-law-had-no-impact-on-gun-deaths-johns-hopkins-study-finds/) and infringe our rights. #EnjoyYourTrial
Gun control is prior restraint of specific enumerated right and is illegal. #EnjoyYourTrial
“Red flag” laws are prior restraint and are illegal. #EnjoyYourTrial
What you are doing is illegal. Everything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. #EnjoyYourTrial
Yes, I know it’s not 100% correct in every context. But the point is to gain the initiative and put them on the defensive. I think this has a chance of doing that.