Gun Riddance: 11 NRA Talking Points

Gun Riddance and 11 NRA Talking Points
By Gene Griessman, PhD Author of “Lincoln and Obama”

For years gun fanatics, with the backing of the NRA, have dominated the debate about sensible gun control…with hackneyed talking points and cliches.

With yet another mass shooting fresh on our minds…we believe thoughts and prayers are not enough.

The time has come for us to push back.

You won’t change the opinions of the fanatics, but you can keep them from controlling the conversation.

The First NRA Talking Point. “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”

Donald Trump’s version. “It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger. It’s the person.”

And here’s what you can say.
“It is a person that pulls the trigger, but what kind of person? It’s a person who can get a gun without a background check.”

(Polls show that some 90% of Americans want universal background checks.)

“It’s a person who can get a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle, and kill 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

“It’s a person who hates Jews and is able to get an AR-15 and kill 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue.”

“It’s a teen gunman who is able to get an AR-15 and kill 17 students and staff at Parkland High.”

The Second NRA Talking Point
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

What you can say. “A hater of Mexicans with an AK-47 killed 22 Walmart shoppers in El Paso.

It was all over in less than a minute.

Could a good guy with a gun have saved those lives? C’mon. Walmart had a truckload of guns.”

The Third NRA Talking Point
“It’s mental illness.”

What you can say. “Every nation has mental illness but other nations don’t have recurring mass shootings….because guns are hard to get.”

“Are mass killers legally insane? Certainly not all of them. The legal definition of insanity is whether the perpetrator could distinguish right from wrong when the crime was committed.”

“Only in America is it easier to get an AR-15 than a driver’s license.”

(Switzerland has lots of guns but has very strict rules about who can get one.)

The Fourth NRA Talking Point
“It’s Video Games.”

This is a really absurd talking point.
What you can say. “Every developed nation has violent video games but they don’t have recurring mass shootings…because guns are hard to get.”

The Fifth NRA Talking Point
“Gun regulation violates the Second Amendment.”

And here’s what you can say.
“The Second Amendment does not say guns can’t be regulated.

In fact gun regulation is in the very wording of the Second Amendment: a ‘well-regulated’militia.”

Here’s what the Second Amendment actually says.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

“Do you think our founders intended that just anyone, sane or crazy, could wander around willy-nilly bearing military assault weapons? Of course not. “

The first part of the Amendment…the need to have militias…is the rationale for the second part…the right to own and bear arms.

The people’s right to bear arms is for the purpose of having a well regulated militia. Had it been an individual right there would have been no need to mention a militia.

This is not just our opinion. It is what the US Supreme Court has held for most of the nation’s history.

The Sixth NRA Talking Point. “The NRA represents the beliefs of most Americans.”

Here’s what you can say. “According to a 2016 study conducted by Harvard University and Northwestern University…

Approximately 60 percent of America’s households don’t have even one gun. And most of those that do own a gun keep it for hunting or protection.

More than half the nation’s guns are owned by just three percent of the population!

The Three-percenters are an intense, unwavering, voting bloc
They are fronted by the NRA, and heavily funded by the gun industry plus over $2.5 million in gifts to the NRA by Russian oligarchs.”

(The NRA spent more than $30 million to get Trump elected.)

The Seventh NRA Talking Point. “Gun regulations are useless because bad guys will still be able to get guns.”

What you say: “Gun laws are anything but useless in Australia where gun deaths declined dramatically after that nation adopted strict gun laws.

If you make it difficult for bad guys to get guns, fewer bad guys get guns.”

The Eighth Talking Point. “Strict gun laws lead to tyranny.”

What you can say. “Australia banned assault weapons after a 28-year old killed 35 people in 1996.

All these years later, Australia is still a vibrant democracy.”

The Ninth NRA Talking Point. “Fewer Americans die from guns than from physician errors.”

What you say. “That’s a spurious comparison. Physicians do make fatal mistakes but physicians are trying to save lives, not take them.”

The Tenth NRA Talking Point. “Knives, clubs, ropes, even rocks can be used to kill people. Why not ban them, too?”

What you say. “There’s a chance I can outrun somebody with a knife, club, rope, or rock but I can’t outrun bullets.”

The Eleventh NRA Talking Point. “Obesity kills more Americans than guns.”

What you say. “I’m a lot more afraid of an AR-15 than I am of a Big Mac.”

We Americans don’t need foreign terrorists to kill us. We do the killing ourselves. Approximately 100 gun deaths every day. Every single day. About 40,000 gun deaths every year.

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Gun Control, Donald Trump, and NRA Talking Points

Gun Riddance and Five NRA Talking Points

The First Talking Point. “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”

Donald Trump’s version. “It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger. It’s the person.”

And here’s what you can say.

“It is a person that pulls the trigger, but what kind of person? It’s a person who can get a gun without a background check.”

(Polls show that about 90% of Americans want universal background checks.)

“It’s a person who can get a semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun, and kill 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

“It’s a person who hates Jews and is able to get an AR-15 and kill 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue.”

“It’s a teen gunman who is able to get an AR-15 and kill 17 students and staff at Parkland High.”

The Second Talking Point
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

What you can say.

“A hater of Mexicans with an AK-47 killed 22 Walmart shoppers in El Paso.

It was all over in 32 seconds. Could a good guy with a gun have stopped that? C’mon. Walmart had a truckload of guns.”

The Third Talking Point
“It’s mental illness.”

What you can say.

“Every developed nation has mental illness but they don’t have recurring mass shootings….because guns are hard to get.”

“Are mass killers legally insane? Certainly not all of them. The legal definition of insanity is whether the perpetrator could distinguish right from wrong when the crime was committed.”

“Only in America is it easier to get an AR-15 or an AK-47 than a driver’s license.”

(Switzerland has lots of guns but has very strict rules about who can get one.)

The Fourth Talking Point
“It’s Video Games”. This is a really absurd talking point.

What you can say.

“Every developed nation has violent video games but they don’t have recurring mass shootings…because
because guns are hard to get.”

The Fifth Talking Point
“Gun regulation violates the Second Amendment.”

Here’s what the Second Amendment actually says.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

And here’s what you can say.

“Gun regulation is in the very wording of the Second Amendment. It’s a ‘well-regulated’militia.”

“Do you think our founders intended that people could wander around willy-nilly bearing military assault weapons?”

Of course not.

And that’s what our highest courts have held until recently.

“The National Firearms Act Of 1934 specifically regulated machine guns…’any gun that could fire repeatedly without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.’”

The notion that every American has the right to carry that kind of gun is anything but Constitutional.

We don’t need foreign terrorists to kill us. We do the killing ourselves. Approximately 100 every day. Every single day. About 40,000 every year.

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Martin Niemöller’s Warning: Is It Time To Speak Out?.

A Cautionary Tale From Nazi Times

“First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me.”

—Martin Niemöller, German Lutheran pastor, 1892-1984

This memorable warning from Nazi Germany can be a powerful incentive to encourage resistance against intolerance and hatred.

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Jon Voight Loves Donald Trump: How To Use Repartee

Jon Voight is a true believer in Donald Trump and doesn’t trust liberals.

That’s abundantly clear in his May 2019 Tweet.

“Don’t be fooled by the political left because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph…So let us stand with ourr president, let us stand for this truth that President Trump is the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln. God bless America.”

Hmmm. Donald Trump…the greatest president since Lincoln?

Let’s ponder that thought.

There are several presidents since Lincoln who might be in the competition.

Theodore Roosevelt (the National Parks)

FDR (Social Security, FDIC, and the FHA)

Truman (the G.I.Bill and the Marshall Plan)

Eisenhower (the Interstate Highway System)

LBJ (Medicare, the Civil Rights Act, and Headstart)

Donald Trump, greater than Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, Truman, and LBJ.

And other presidents come to mind whose administrations were scandal free and whose accomplishments bless us today.

Voight’s assertion is monumentally ignorant. Surely this renowned actor has not read what these other presidents did for us. His claim is neck snapping, mind numbing, milk curdling.

But then came one of the most brilliant examples of repartee that I’ve ever heard or heard of…this by another actor, Albert Brooks.

It is a textbook example of how to use repartee as a political weapon. Clever, short, on-message, a stiletto thrust.

“I like Jon Voight as an actor. He might be the greatest actor since John Wilkes Booth.”

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Who is a Socialist?

Who Is A Socialist?
“We will never be a socialist country.” —Donald Trump, (the State of the Union Address, 2019)

Right-wing trolls regularly call Obama, and all Democrats, socialists…like that’s something really, really bad.

So, let’s define what the relevant words actually mean.

First, “capitalism.”

Capitalism is an economic system with private property and markets.

I personally believe in private property and markets…with a tough cop on the beat to regulate the markets.

That makes me a capitalist.

Now “socialism.”

Socialism is an economic system wherein the government plays a major role in basic functions of a society…such as education, healthcare, providing for the elderly, etc.

I believe the government should play an important role in the basic functions of society.

For years I was a professor at large state universities. (Libertarians call them “government schools.”). I get Social Security checks and I am on Medicare.

That makes me a socialist.

Truth be told, the US economy is a mixed economy. It’s not one or the other. It’s both.

So…We are all capitalists. We are all socialists.

And, we already are a socialist country. We have been one for a very long time.

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The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

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Ruskin On Seeing Clearly

One Of Hemingway’s Favorite Quotations. Mine, too.

“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion— all in one.
John Ruskin, “Modern Painters,” vol. III, part IV, chapter XVI (1856) – John Ruskin

If you want a quotation book you can trust, there’s not a single spurious quote in—

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

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The Difference Between Disappointments and Regrets

Unusual Quotations
“I can live with disappointments but not regrets. What’s the difference? A disappointment is something I attempted that didn’t work out. A regret is something I wish I had attempted but didn’t.” —-Gene Griessman

If you want a quotation book you can trust, there’s not a single spurious quote in—

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

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How To Destroy An Opponent

Unusual Quotations: How To Destroy An Opponent With Humor

“One way to destroy an opponent is to turn him into a joke, and sometimes if you are lucky he will do that to himself.”—Gene Griessman in “Lincoln and Obama”

If you want a quotation book you can trust, there’s not a single spurious quote in—

The Words Lincoln Lived By

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“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

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Authoritarian Leaders:Similarities

Unusual Quotations: The Vocabulary Of Authoritarian Leaders

 “The authoritarian leaders taking power around the world share a vocabulary of intolerance, insult, and menace.”  —Jon Lee Anderson

If you want a quotation book you can trust, there’s not a single spurious quote in—

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

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Jefferson On Truth And Error

Unusual Quotations: Thomas Jefferson On Seeking Truth And Tolerating Error

“…here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.”

—Thomas Jefferson (1820 letter to Willam Roscoe describing the mission of the new university in Charlottesville; quoted In “Lincoln and Obama” by Gene Griessman)

If you want a quotation book you can trust, there’s not a single spurious quote in—

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

You will also enjoy Lincoln Speaks To Leaders by Gene Griessman and Pat Williams.

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