Words Matter When Crafting a Message


#1

Words matter, which is something that the Left has long understood, and we can take the ongoing gun control debate as a prime example. The liberal media is clamoring to ban “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines,” and, in the tradition of muddying the waters, CNN has even called out the deadly “full semi-automatic.” Most people arguing against the Left assume it is out of ignorance that they use such nonsensical terms, but the truth is that the elites know precisely what they are doing. Indeed, the term “assault weapon” comes from a 1988 paper by Josh Sugarmann of the anti-gun Violence Policy Center in which he openly wrote that “the issue of handgun restriction consistently remains a non-issue with the vast majority,” but that a semiautomatic rifle’s “menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.” In short, leftists knew the public would not support their efforts to ban all handguns, so they formulated language to trick people onto the slippery slope.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://ordoevangelistarum.com/words-matter-when-crafting-a-message/

#2

Public perception will make or break this movement. We need to be seen as the sane, rational side of the argument. Being associated with the most hated villains of the 20th Century (whether they actually were villains or not) cannot help us. As I’ve said many times before, we must learn from the past movements and adapt them. Simply aping their style and rhetoric will not win this fight.


#3

I am ‘anti-Talmudic.’ That about covers everything and everyone with which the Right is in conflict, don’t you think?