DD123 Posted January 12, 2023 at 02:54 PM Share Posted January 12, 2023 at 02:54 PM (edited) On 1/12/2023 at 8:28 AM, Felixd said: Everything stated so far is cogent and valid. From these things we need to develop marketing strategies that will counter the emotional rhetoric of those who oppose us. The media and leftists portray us as blubbering sexist and racist wackos in pickup trucks or super right flag wavers who want the country to return to 1950. It’s time we develop our image to compliment a sound strategy for the future. This may leave a bad taste for some on our side, but change is needed. The cost of doing what we’ve been doing, and coming up short, is too great. We need to recognize that just telling your elected official of your position is not enough. We need one organization with one mission, with one strategy, and one pool of funds. Our diffused approach is not working. We need to create strong, pointed, political power that can be brought to bear as needed. Because the political landscape has changed in Illinois, If we don’t change we’ll always be at the mercy of a court to bail us out. We need to shape the political landscape not react to it. Agreed, coordinated effort and coming together as one team is needed, but our side needs to grow up and not act like petulant children. When the gun dealer bill was gaining traction, we had two camps for the pro gun side....one who correctly wasn't going to negotiate, and the other who sat at the table and helped negotiate and caused a setback by allowing them a "win" with the gun dealer licensing act. It was only until the last couple weeks that I've seen progress and unity in the gun groups. The biggest challenge is getting people to prioritize what is important. A great example would be, and I'm just making up a scenario here, but one group is totally focused on doing away with our suppressor ban. While you'd be challenged to find a single gun owner who would oppose it, there are many other things that take precedence. So the gun groups say "hey, we want that too, but we have to focus on this first so that we open the door to making that challenge significantly easier". What normally follows is the other group stamps their feet and throws the baby out with the bathwater. They go on social media and start calling everyone Fudds, and basically doing nothing helpful. If they stopped acting like children for a moment and took the time to understand the strategy of why their pet project isn't first on the list, we'd get a lot further. In the grand scheme of things, usually the people that I'm pointing out here are the ones who literally do nothing....they don't donate, they don't make calls.....they do absolutely nothing but complain. I'm sorry, but if you're not doing anything to help, you need to sit this one out because hearing a childlike tantrum being thrown just makes us look more like the meme the other side has turned us into. Just wanted to add: one of the biggest challenges is getting all the powers that be with our various pro gun orgs onto the same page and putting their own egos aside. While I believe our odds of winning these challenges is upwards of ninety something percent, how we chip away at other things requires unity in our pro gun orgs otherwise these scumbag politicians will find another way to weasel in some language that has us right back in court. Court costs mean nothing to them because their legal fees come from our taxes. Their goal would be to make it too costly to continue court challenges. But like that check that city of Chicago had to cut to the NRA after winning that court challenge over a decade ago, I'm looking forward to seeing the same from the state of Illinois to every gun group after the courts rule in our favor. Edited January 12, 2023 at 03:02 PM by DD123 Added to post Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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