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1.) Swamp Fox - 07/20/2016
[B][SIZE=3]Dems Urged To Retool Their Guns Message [/SIZE][/B]

[I]Democrats itching to slug it out with the National Rifle Association this fall need to stop attacking the gun-rights group and start sounding a little more like it, particularly when it comes to respecting freedom and safety, according to new message testing from a group founded to enact tighter gun laws.


With that in mind, representatives from a broad mix of progressive groups sat around a table last week at the Washington offices of Global Strategy Group, where they received a tutorial on how — and how not — to talk about guns. Leading the lesson were top officials from Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, the campaign wing of the group Giffords and Kelly founded after the Sandy Hook massacre.

For example, groups seeking tighter gun laws have been trying to get away from the “gun control” label since well before ARS started testing for a new messaging strategy last year. Better options, they say, are “gun violence prevention” and “preventing gun tragedies.”


Stick to stressing “the gun lobby” as a special interest out to “protect the profits” of manufacturers, Pollock told the assembled representatives of Priorities USA, NARAL, AFSCME and the Senate and House Majority PACs. A strategist from the Democratic side of Google’s political consulting operation was also there.


ARS invested heavily in developing the new message, hiring Greenberg Quinlan Rosner to run several polls, Global Strategy Group to host online discussion boards and Anzalone Liszt Grove to hold five focus groups around the country with gun-owning women, millennials and minority voters.

The strongest message in favor of stronger gun laws, Walker said, is “with freedom comes responsibility.”

That language mirrors that of gun rights groups, by design. The NRA calls itself “freedom’s safest place,” for example.

[B]“Essentially, we co-opted their language,”[/B] Walker said. Similarly, another point stresses that “as adults, we have a responsibility to make our country a safer place to live.”


The group also suggested phasing out efforts that highlight the total donations lawmakers receive from “the gun lobby” and the NRA.

“Their money isn’t that big,” Pollock said. “It’s not what they do. Their power rests in their stupid postcards and their ability to terrorize members on the Hill and have them panicked about their rating.”

What he didn’t say: ARS, and other groups like the Mike Bloomberg-backed Everytown for Gun Safety, have increasingly deep pockets. They outspent the NRA on lobbying after Sandy Hook, and they may have their own potential to terrorize members in the future.

One of Washington's leading gun lobbyists said he didn’t sense much of a new threat, however, saying people have been going after the “corporate gun lobby” for decades.

[B]“The '60s called, they want their clichés back,” said Larry Keane, senior vice president at the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Based on a description of the new strategy, Keane called it "very pretty looking camo."
He added, in an email, "Saying it isn't gun control doesn't mean it isn't gun control. Their agenda remains the same."

Read more: [url]http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/democrats-gun-messaging-225722#ixzz4ExNdNm3x[/url]
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Read more: [url]http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/democrats-gun-messaging-225722#ixzz4ExNDjtqL[/url]
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2.) DParker - 07/20/2016
I believe that's what's known as, "Putting lipstick on a pig", "Polishing a turd", etc.
3.) Swamp Fox - 07/20/2016
“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”
― Noam Chomsky

“It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.”
― Joseph Goebbels

"If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly."

---Thomas Sowell

4.) bluecat - 07/20/2016