[Oe List ...] guns

Jack Gilles jackcgilles at gmail.com
Tue Nov 7 09:52:23 PST 2017


Thanks for your thoughts on what might be done on the gun issue. Here are my additions to what you said.

1. Make this a long term strategy, say three years, so that in the 2020 elections it can be raised.
2. Work from the inside out. Set a goal of 10 million new memberships for the NRA. Cost is $35/yr. Other option is to recruit amongst those who are already NRA members to participate. 
3. Get a foundation, or wealthy donor, to design a slick, personal, set of adds of ideas for a campaign for 2020. It would feature: “I am an NRA member. I support the 2nd Amendment." (here there could be a series of ideas presented) tax for victims of assault type weapons, insurance rates, course in schools, etc. Use the power of images to get the message across. 
4. Do a similar campaign with vets. Get people to identify themselves from red-states. I believe women will be key - keep this in mind in designing. 
5. Go for a “foot in the door”, not win the war.
6. Local-national-local campaign. Learn from the right wing on how they have done it. 


> On Nov 7, 2017, at 11:09, David Dunn via OE <oe at lists.wedgeblade.net> wrote:
> Hi all.
>> On Nov 7, 2017, John Epps wrote:
>> 7. Opposition from the firearms industry could be ineffective, like opposition from the tobacco industry adapted to the no-smoking movement.
> 8. Highlight root causes, e.g., an imaginal presentation in today's New York Times about the inescapable correlation between the prevelence of guns and the death rate from mass shootings in America and across the world. Conclusion: it’s not a mental health problem, it’s the image, enshrined in the constitution and Americans’ minds, that citizens have a RIGHT to own guns. Not new information, but dramatically articulated and presented.
> https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/world/americas/mass-shootings-us-international.html <https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/world/americas/mass-shootings-us-international.html>
> Good article. Striking graphic data.
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