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  •  So is the "Take-away" from this is that (6+ / 0-)

    your typical NRA member doesn't have a clue of the NRA's position is....

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 01:00:55 PM PST

    •  Yup (3+ / 0-)
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      And their might be another take-away.  Rather than try to demonize the NRA (though they really are demons) we might have better luck just championing the bills that people already support.  I think we would all love to make the NRA go away, but perhaps we should focus instead on making assault weapons go away.

      To be clear, I'm not sure about this.  There are real pluses to demonizing the NRA if we can.  But what if we fail, what if gun owners rally around the NRA. Perhaps it is better to focus on what can be done now.  Win the battle that we can win, and slowly, slowly let the NRA become more and more isolated.

      Just a thought.

      "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

      by Empty Vessel on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 01:06:50 PM PST

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      •  Forget Freud (0+ / 0-)

        What drives humans isn't sex. It's group membership and loyalty.

        The NRA is to them what their football team is to them. It's an icon, a totem.

        It doesn't matter to them that the NRA opposes what they want, because the NRA is on their side. That sentence is complete gibberish rationally but it's exactly their emotional dynamic.

        People get more intensely tribal when they're frightened.

        I'm not sure what action to take. Un-frightening people is slow hard work.

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