Want to see how the two sides in the gun debate get out their messaging? Start with the NRA-TV website and watch this: https://www.nratv.com/episodes/stinchfield-season-3-episode-105. I know, you can’t even get past the third minute, it’s just so boring and dumb. And nobody’s watching it anyway, the monthly traffic is down by almost 50 percent since February and the average visit is 3 minutes, which is about one-quarter the time that each video plays.
Want to see what our side is doing when it comes to messaging? Try this: https://surveys.signforgood.com/bawn-video.
This video was developed by the group in Florida which is trying to get an initiative on the 2020 ballot to amend the state Constitution and ban assault rifles in the Gunshine State. The group came together after Parkland and its leadership includes relatives of Parkland victims along with Parklan survivors like David Hogg.
I have been involved with the gun-control movement since before there was a movement and I don’t recall ever seeing a message from either side which is as powerful as what you will see and hear by clicking the link above.
What you won’t see in the video is the fact that the organizers of this effort have just collected enough signatures to go before the State Supreme Court to have the amendment’s language approved. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that after the Court hearing, another 650,000+ signatures must be collected by February 1, and the state has just passed a law which makes the signature-gathering process more complicated, which means there are also greater costs.
For all the talk about re-awakening the federal assault weapons ban this year, there’s no chance that such a bill could become law until and unless the blue team takes control of the Senate in 2021. But imagine the impact on that process if the state of Florida, which has led the nation in pro-gun laws, approved a state-level assault weapons ban the previous year. Imagine that!
So here’s the bottom line folks, and I’m telling telling it like it really is:
First – watch the video.
Second – send it to all your friends.
Third – Post it on your Twitter page (I just put it on mine.)
Fourth – Get everyone to retweet it.
Fifth – Send in some cash. We’re not talking about a little GoFundMe campaign to help someone through a difficult time. We’re talking about a national issue which needs your help in order to get the deal done.
I’m told by my friends in Florida that the additional signatures can be raised by the deadline if another million bucks rolls in. I don’t see how we can’t find 100,000 gun-control advocates throughout the United States to pony up ten bucks apiece. I pay that much for coffee and a dry piece of cake at Starbucks every day.
This campaign isn’t about changing hearts and minds. This campaign is about doing something tangible, real and effective to reduce the violence cause by guns.
Watch it. Spread it. Support it.