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Consistent

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Jan 5, 2013
 

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Right now the NRA is primarily a marketing and sales organization. Sure they do other things like offer gun safety training programs and threaten politicians to push some laws and crush others. But I believe a lot of their power comes from the development and training of their members in communication skills and providing them with the right words, phrases and concepts to achieve their current goal: guns everywhere.

If you have become pro-public safety, like I have, you’ll want to figure out ways to convince others of your views and then develop ways to reach your goals. Also, when you see the NRA for what it really is, how they make the public less safe, and can work on ways to increase public safety.

The NRA has a $300 million budget, a large portion of that goes to “education and communications.” And they are good. Very good. Tobacco industry good. In a recent LA Times Op-Ed there is a story from a former NRA trainer about the psychological and linguistic techniques used on NRA members.

Ever since reading, the brilliant and funny book by Christopher Buckley,“Thank you for Smoking.” I’ve been impressed with the tobacco industry’s communications strategies. Those of a certain age can complete this line, while singing the melody.“You can take Salem out of the country but…” If you sang the rest of the line in your head, their marketing worked. In the book the guns, alcohol and tobacco lobbyists all meet and talk about their work as “MODs”(Merchants of Death.) The tobacco industry’s savvy communications, PR, advertising and lobbying led to their primary goal. Sell more tobacco.

The NRA didn’t just “take a page from the tobacco industries book” they went deep into the hearts and minds of men (and women) and so they could keep answering the same question of their actions,“How will this help sell more guns?”

The methods of the NRA-trained operatives vary from the subtle–like ALEC bill authoring and strategic lobbying/threatening of politicians; to the crass –”Cold Dead Hands” bumper stickers and rhyming “logic” for the masses. The New York Times says they also have “virtually unmatched ferocity in advancing [their] political and legislative interests.”

Anyone who has ever engaged someone on this issue knows they can expect debate techniques ranging from aggressive, threatening logic that blames the victims for not carrying a weapon, to well-thought-out positions. I’ve seen how they use clever parsing of words in laws they create and how they attack terms or definitions to defeat laws they hate.”It’s not an automatic, it’s a semi-automatic. There is no such thing as an assault rifle! You have no credibility with me!(unless you use the terms exactly as we have defined them…)”

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Jan 6, 2013
 

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Oh, great.... Try to link the NRA to the tobacco industry... Where did you learn that nonsense, in some taxpayer-subsidized-liberal-pu blic "university"???

For real??

You don't know sh!t from shinola, when it comes to LOGIC.

You don't have ONE BAD WORD to say how LIBERALS fund their campaigns, spew their propaganda, or "explain" their campaign ABUSES and fundraising activities, that if most Americans knew the truth about, they would be grabbing their pitchforks, if not something more dangerous, and marching on Washington, DC, on a moment's notice.
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Jan 6, 2013
 
Consistent wrote:
Same tactics, same lies, why not?
Do you mean, by the LIBERALS??
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Jan 6, 2013
 
Consistent wrote:
No, by tobacco and the NRA.
So tell me, since you are so smart, how do the liberals fund their campaigns, and why did the obama group just get one of the biggest FINES under current campaign law??
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Duluth, MN

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Jan 7, 2013
 
Right now the labor unions are primarily marketing and sales organizations. Sure they do other things like offer work safety training programs and threaten politicians to push some laws and crush others. But I believe a lot of their power comes from the development and training of their members in communication skills and providing them with the right words, phrases and concepts to achieve their current goal: unions everywhere.

If you have become anti-union, like I have, you’ll want to figure out ways to convince others of your views and then develop ways to reach your goals. Also, when you see the AFL CIO for what it really is, how they make the public less productive, and can work on ways to increase public awareness.

The unions have a nearly unlimited budget, a large portion of that goes to “education and outreach.” And they are good. Very good. Tobacco industry good. In a recent AOL Jobs Op-Ed there is a story that exposes the marketing strategy of the unions in their push to expand. http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/12/14/union...

Ever since reading the brilliant and funny book by Christopher Buckley,“Thank you for Smoking.” I’ve been impressed with the tobacco industry’s communications strategies. Those of a certain age can complete this line, while singing the melody.“You can take Salem out of the country but…” If you sang the rest of the line in your head, their marketing worked. In the book the guns, alcohol and tobacco lobbyists all meet and talk about their work as “MODs”(Merchants of Death.) The tobacco industry’s savvy communications, PR, advertising and lobbying led to their primary goal. Sell more tobacco.

The unions didn’t just “take a page from the tobacco industries book” they went deep into the hearts and minds of men (and women) and so they could keep answering the same question of their actions,“How will this help sell more union memberships?”

The methods of the union-trained operatives vary from the subtle–like card check bill authoring and strategic lobbying/threatening of politicians; to the crass –"99 percenter" bumper stickers and sponsoring occupation rallies for the masses. The New York Times says they also have “virtually unmatched ferocity in advancing [their] political and legislative interests.”

Anyone who has ever engaged someone on this issue knows they can expect debate techniques ranging from aggressive, threatening logic that blames capitalism and wall street, to well-thought-out positions. I’ve seen how they use clever parsing of words in laws they create, like Card Check or the Employee Free Choice Act, and how they attack terms or definitions to defeat laws they hate.” Company-controlled secret ballots actually make the process less democratic!!"

Thanks for the article. It yielded some good things.
Tuba Shirt

Saint Paul, MN

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Jan 7, 2013
 
McDonalds made me phat!

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