Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Liberalism, Politics | Tags: Behavior Modification, Don't Wait For The Facts, Inciting a Moral Panic
The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard has uncovered an 80-page “talking points” monograph titled “Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging,” written by a trio of Democratic political operatives.
The new guide presents talking points to be followed by top Democrats after events like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December. The anti-gun guide urges gun foes to speak out when a shooting “creates a unique climate” to attack the National Rifle Association. Strike while the iron is hot, so to speak.
“The most powerful time to communicate is when concern and emotions are running at their peak” said the 80 page document.
The guide spells out how to talk about gun control and when to press the issue. The best time is directly in the wake of a publicized shooting. It calls on gun control advocates to speak out, not to wait for the facts after a shooting heightens awareness, like Trayvon Martin’s death.
The debate over gun violence in America is periodically punctuated by high-profile gun violence incidents including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, the Trayvon Martin killing, Aurora, and Oak Creek. When an incident such as these attracts sustained media attention, it creates a unique climate for our communications efforts,” said the guide.
“A high-profile gun violence incident temporarily draws more people into the conversation about gun violence,” added the talking points. “We should rely on emotionally powerful language, feelings and images to bring home the terrible impact of gun violence,” said the guide, which also urged advocates to use images of scary looking guns and shooting scenes to make their point.
They even warn gun control advocates that the National Rifle Association is considered a mainstream organization by most Americans and when communicating with the general public need to be aware of the fact that beyond our base, people have a positive impression of the organization and its role.
James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal says “Essentially it’s a how-to book on inciting a moral panic.” It urges antigun advocates to seize opportunistically on horrific crimes. The campaign’s cynically manipulative tactics were clearly followed by the President. A few states enacted new antigun laws, but it was hardly a national trend. Democratic Party dominance of state government was a necessary condition. The effort made no progress in Congress. Mr. Taranto suggested that perhaps those most susceptible to the emotional messages were the Democrats themselves.
I don’t know why anyone should be surprised at Democrats’ attempts to manipulate the rest of us. That’s what community organizers are trained to do, and how political campaigns are organized. And Obama has just hired a new 27 year-old “senior policy advisor” at the White Office of Science and Technology Policy, one Maya Shankar.” She will be creating a new team to help build federal capacity to experiment with modifying citizen behavior — the Nudge Team — to nudge you into doing what the federal government wants you to do. Scientific manipulation — so you think correctly and behave in a suitable manner — or else.
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