Obama has said, “if what the White House proposes [anti-gun recommendations] saves just one life, then it is worth it.” Therefore, if you oppose their ideas and plans, then you are “pro-kid deaths.” Just think about that argument for a second. If you argue against what Obama wants, then you obviously want children to die. Really? They just want to shut you down.
This is a classic Saul Alinsky tactic being used in Whitehouse talking points (remember Obama taught Alinksy’s tactics to community organizers). Specifically, RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
The way you stop this is by knowing the facts, exposing their arguement for the anti-second amendment argument that it is, and use Alinksy’s own rules as a counter tactic. Specifically,
- Let them know specious arguments (an argument that appears to be good at first but is really misleading) will not be tolerated. Actually, point to them and say the “emperor has no clothes.”
- If they persist with the “saving just one life of a child,” then quote these statistics and ask if they are ready to band cars, pools, police, etc: in 2006 (the last year I have data, sorry), 1,305 children died motor-vehicle crashes and another 392 died when they were struck by motor vehicles, 651 children died from drowning, and 348 kids were killed by fire and burns. Three times more as many children drown in bathtubs each year than die from ALL types of firearm accidents. – I think we should band cars and pools, because it will save our children. What, you think that is ridiculous? Well, you must be pro-kid deaths!
- Point out that law abiding gun owners have used their weapons to save the lives of children. Cite the recent case where a teen mom in Oklahoma shot and killed an intruder, saving the live of her baby (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/04/teen-mom-shoots-kills-intruder-with-11-dispatcher-on-phone/). – Since they believe in doing some even it it saves one one live, then they should be for putting a gun in every home in American.
We need to shut this people down. Not taking them on in the early stages of the movement only empowers them. Be active. Speak up. Shut them down with their own arguments. Sometimes the cost of doing nothing is just too high.