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By now I am sure all of you know the gun owners won't have the mainstream media on our sides in this gun control issue. The media reports and commentary will be very slanted against us. The media will use anything they can against us. In the days ahead it would be wise for gun owners to give careful thought to what they say and do in a public forum. The media would like to cast a bad light on all of us and give as many people as possible a negative impression. There are sure to be many gun rallies around the country and the media will be there, mostly to look for something that can be used against us. Doing things like wearing camouflage and waving guns around or angrily shouting threats won't do our cause any favors. This battle can be won with our heads and we need the public on our side. The media would like to have the public think most of us are like the guys in the picture, and we need to show them different.
 

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I totally agree with what you have to say here. Also there is no way those guys have that much camo and no AR's or AK's.
 

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By now I am sure all of you know the gun owners won't have the mainstream media on our sides in this gun control issue. The media reports and commentary will be very slanted against us. The media will use anything they can against us. In the days ahead it would be wise for gun owners to give careful thought to what they say and do in a public forum. The media would like to cast a bad light on all of us and give as many people as possible a negative impression. There are sure to be many gun rallies around the country and the media will be there, mostly to look for something that can be used against us. Doing things like wearing camouflage and waving guns around or angrily shouting threats won't do our cause any favors. This battle can be won with our heads and we need the public on our side. The media would like to have the public think most of us are like the guys in the picture, and we need to show them different.
and just why are you posting my family reunion pictures here for?:eek:

but seriously, very good points and we do need to potray ourselves in the most positive way possible. after all the media has proven they are not the gun owners friend by any means.
 

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Humm!! The media just seems to love the Black Panthers in their chick SS uniforms swinging night sticks and black jacks. They scream "White Devils should all be killed?
Gun rights groups will always be shown as bordering on KKK agendas. Tom Brokaw has called the NRA a racist organization. The media attacks go back 80 years to the FDR gun control days. Should we really beat up on our selves?:confused:
 

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A major part of my wardrobe is camo of one type or another. I'll stay out the clock tower for a few more weeks but that's it!
 

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I tried to go against the grain one day.
I wore my 3 piece pin stripe suit to the range.

It ended up in a mess. The Florida red clay still won't come out of the shoes, my tie got caught when changing mags, the vest hampered my shouldering the rifle correctly and I ended up with bruises on the shoulder, the jacket ripped down the back, the hot casings left holes in the pants.

Worse day in the life of a 3 piece suit.
 

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and just why are you posting my family reunion pictures here for?:eek:

but seriously, very good points and we do need to potray ourselves in the most positive way possible. after all the media has proven they are not the gun owners friend by any means.
I used my family reunion pics because I already had them and they were a very good example of what I was talking about. Standing from left to right is Cousin Zeke, Cousin Coy and Rufus, Cousin Maddie's latest husband or boyfriend. Kneeling is Uncle Clovis.
 

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Maybe we need some people to go photograph the new media during their off hours pursuing their own activities. Then post the embarrassing pictures on you tube. Give them a taste of their own medicine. Catch one with a hooker or cheating on their spouse or "significant other". Maybe a drunk driving incident.
 

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Maybe we need some people to go photograph the new media during their off hours pursuing their own activities. Then post the embarrassing pictures on you tube. Give them a taste of their own medicine. Catch one with a hooker or cheating on their spouse or "significant other". Maybe a drunk driving incident.
I like this idea and actually this tactic has been used before. I remember when the Reverend Jimmy Swaggert was in his heyday of popularity and was causing grief for a fellow evangelist by giving him a lot of negative press. The rival evangelist decided he had enough and hired a private detective to find something he could use against Swaggart. The PI discovered that Swaggart would meet with a couple of women at a certain motel on a regular basis. At one of those motel meetings the rival evangelist went there and let the air out of Swaggert's tires so he couldn't drive away. He then called every media outlet around and told them what was going on. The news stations started showing up with their cameras and microphones and got plenty of juicy material they could use against Swaggart.
 

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I used my family reunion pics because I already had them and they were a very good example of what I was talking about. Standing from left to right is Cousin Zeke, Cousin Coy and Rufus, Cousin Maddie's latest husband or boyfriend. Kneeling is Uncle Clovis.
Just my opinion, but what's wrong with those guys? Gun owners come in all shapes and sizes and I wouldn't have a problem with those representing me at all. It's not what you look like, it's what you stand for. Freedom and the 2nd amendment doesn't have a poster boy, it's there for all of us.
 

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I used my family reunion pics because I already had them and they were a very good example of what I was talking about. Standing from left to right is Cousin Zeke, Cousin Coy and Rufus, Cousin Maddie's latest husband or boyfriend. Kneeling is Uncle Clovis.
well they sure looked like my family!:D
 

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Just my opinion, but what's wrong with those guys? Gun owners come in all shapes and sizes and I wouldn't have a problem with those representing me at all. It's not what you look like, it's what you stand for. Freedom and the 2nd amendment doesn't have a poster boy, it's there for all of us.
I never said anything was wrong with these guys. I was referring to what the media might try to use against us and frankly I think they get a lot of mileage out of a picture like this. I could easily see outlets like MSNBC using something like this in an attempt to cast gun owners in a bad light.

I see something wrong with this picture. Do you think the person who took this picture was standing in a safe location?
 

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well let's get down to brass tacks, these guys in the picture are for sure some "good old boys" and a lot of folks who don't know the south (ie: elitist journalist types), and those that like to stereotype might go as far as to call these fellas 'rednecks' (which isn't necessarily an insult, depending on where you live and who is doing the name-calling lol). Jeff Foxworthy made a fortune talkin' bout those rednecks.....

It sure isn't my look and let's be honest, camo isn't mainstream fashion at the moment. I get a kick out of the liberal media - they accuse anyone who uses a stereotype of being a 'bigot' and 'small minded' - yet they do it to prove their point every day.
 

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Other than the two in the back should have their pistols holstered. :O I haven't any problems shooting with them good ol boys. :-D
 

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Gun owners DO come in all shapes and sizes, but the media doesn't portray us as the variety we are. The term "gun culture" seems to lump all gun owners whether law abiding or not, together. Cam Edwards said it very well, I am paraphrasing here: "saying the gang-banger and the hunter are part of the same "gun culture" is like saying the drunk driver and the NASCAR driver are part of the same "car culture"." It makes no sense, and yet it's done daily.
 

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All gun owners are not alike but the liberal mainstream media outlets try to fit us all into the same mold. The media is a powerful and influential force and can sway a lot of people, especially the uninformed. Look at all of the redneck-themed reality shows out here. Some people watch these shows and probably think everyone who lives in the south looks and acts like the families on "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and "Swamp People".

I am just trying to say we can best win this battle with our heads and try to outthink the other side. When attending public events like gun rights rallies we should give careful thought to what we say and do. We need to avoid doing things that provide the media outlets with anything that can be used against us. We need to try to sway the court of public opinion in our favor.
 

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Just my opinion, but what's wrong with those guys? Gun owners come in all shapes and sizes and I wouldn't have a problem with those representing me at all. It's not what you look like, it's what you stand for. Freedom and the 2nd amendment doesn't have a poster boy, it's there for all of us.
lighten up a bit! it was only some humor directed at ourselves. and BlueTurf had some very good points in his post.

i do agree with what you're trying to say. it's not how we look that's important, but the way we carry ourselves and the way we act around media or non-gun owners.
 
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