The Brady Campaign’s most recent scramble for relevance has manifested itself as a demand that we have a “national conversation” about “gun control” (forcible citizen disarmament, in other, more honest, words). Amusingly, though, “gun control’s” wealthiest and most powerful cheerleader says he is sick of talking about it–and then there is the gun ban group that is urging the federal government to forcibly remove St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner from the “conversation.”
The closest thing to a catchy slogan the Brady Campaign could manage is “We are better than this.” The idea, basically, is to point out some alleged shortcoming in forcible citizen disarmament laws, or quote a scary statistic about “gun violence,” and then say (with, presumably, a ramrod-straight back and a steely glint in one’s eye) that “We are better than this.”
“Gun control” simply does not have much of a grass roots movement behind it–no huge numbers of concerned citizens willing to put enormous time and effort into its advocacy. Even Ladd Everitt, communications director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, acknowledges that in a Time Magazine article:
More importantly, says Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, [gun rights advocates] have cultivated a committed corps of “single-issue voters” — people who reliably trek to the polls to cast a ballot for the candidate who will go to the mat for their right to bear arms. “We have not been able, to the degree we need, to develop a single-issue public-safety vote,” Everitt says. “That is our challenge.”
In the absence of a genuine grassroots movement, though, social media can to some extent serve as a substitute, and the anti-gun groups are doing their best to harness it that way. Thus the Brady Bunch set up a “We are better than this” Facebook page. Twitter is of course another popular social media service, and the Brady Campaign is trying to use it, too. This can be seen by looking at tweets–sent by paid Brady staffers, it would seem–with the “#wearebetterthanthis” hashtag (although disappointed sports fans, unhappy with their teams’ performance, seem to have a far larger Twitter presence than the Brady Campaign).
So here’s another idea. As gun rights advocates, why should we not demand better gun policies? We can own that Twitter hashtag. Here are a few examples:
In Illinois, carrying effective means of self-defense makes one a “criminal” #wearebetterthanthis
Along the southwest border, buying 2 rifles in a week makes one a suspect for international arms trafficking #wearebetterthanthis
Obama admin complicit in killing US law officers & 100s of Mexicans in #fastandfurious to justify more “gun control” #wearebetterthanthis
DoJ says requiring ID for voting is “racist,” but requires that PLUS INTRUSIVE BACKGROUND CHECK for exercise of #RKBA #wearebetterthanthis
Even in most states that “allow” armed self-defense, one must ask (and pay) for “permission” to do so legally #wearebetterthanthis
Readers can undoubtedly come up with many more of their own, but feel free to copy the above examples as well.
We are better than a society that allows a “government monopoly on force”–or at least we had better be. If not, we will have only ourselves to blame for the outcome.
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