"Oddly enough, this will be centered initially around high school students, not college students."----Koshersalaami 

It needs to stay that way until the moment becomes a movement with sufficiently strong traction and momentum to withstand the inevitable efforts to trivialize and/or politicize it.

The narrative should be articulated in such a way as to equate school safety with the regulation of firearms manufacture, ownership and possession.

The 2nd Amendment has been coopted and monetized in such a way that makes it difficult to mount a frontal assault on "the right to bear arms".

However, there is no constitutionally protected right to manufacture or sell guns....

The Parkland narrative re the right to be safe at school, can be crafted and articulated in such a way as to make school safety a right that is superior to the 'rights' not of gun owners, but of gun manufacturers and gun sellers.

In other words, the dichotomies upon which the narratives can be composed and articulated should be:

school kids v gun manufacturers and sellers

school safety v corporate profit

The question can be framed as follows: "Which is more important, reducing or eliminating the deaths of children in classrooms, or enhancing revenues and increasing bottom lines in boardrooms?"

Keep it focused on the kids.

Keep it simple and easy to articulate with a clear choice that's easy to read  and comprehend on a bumper sticker:




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Comment by Ron Powell on February 19, 2018 at 6:59pm

The distractions, disruptions, and disturbances are coming fast and furious:

Trump’s listening session Wednesday will precede CNN’s previously scheduled live townhall in Parkland at 9 pm Wednesday with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which lost 17 students, educators and staff in the assault rifle massacre.

Hosted by anchor Jake Tapper, CNN invited Trump along with fellow Republicans Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio and Democrats Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Ted Deutch to participate.

CNN inviting politicians to the "Town Hall" is a media step in the wrong direction...Not one of the should be permitted to open their mouths.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 19, 2018 at 7:17pm

Why does it need to stay that way? Students at Virginia Tech would not think of that as trivial at all. Why should we assume only K-12 students are at risk? 

By the way, depending of course on advertising budget, I’d attack the NRA differently. Very differently.

By survey, I think the majority of NRA members are in favor of at least regulation of assault weapons, but the NRA isn’t run by the membership, it’s run by its money, which is gun manufacturers. I’d go in this direction:

”To NRA members:

”The National Rifle Association is the foremost organization in the United States promoting firearm safety. The NRA holds classes in firearm safety, teaching thousands to avoid accidents with firearms.

”According to blah blah blah survey, the majority of NRA members favor regulating/illegalizing assault weapons. And yet the NRA contributes millions of dollars to politicians to oppose such regulations. 

“NRA members, who is speaking for you? Who is endangering American schoolchildren in your name?

”Who is taking the name of the organization that promotes more gun safety than anyone and making it synonymous with letting criminals get assault weapons and preventing background checks on the mentally ill?

”If you are the majority in the NRA, who is answerable to you?” 

If you can’t get at the NRA”s money, get at its legitimacy in the most potent way possible: to its own members.

Comment by Ron Powell on February 19, 2018 at 8:04pm

It needs to stay that way until the moment becomes a movement with sufficiently strong traction and momentum to withstand the inevitable efforts to trivialize and/or politicize it.

Once that occurs then it can expand and branch out...

My approach isn't about attacking the NRA.

It's about the development of a politically sustainable narrative that can become an element of a winningcampaign strategy...

Comment by koshersalaami on February 19, 2018 at 8:25pm

Oh, what I suggested about the NRA is just one branch of a far bigger tree. It’s just an unusual branch, trying to turn the organization against itself. 

Initially we have to realize that the kids have one issue and, for quite a while, they need to stick to that issue. There will be people who try to get them involved in other causes. I’d advise them to pass on those. 

Comment by Ron Powell on February 19, 2018 at 8:44pm

"There will be people who try to get them involved in other causes. I’d advise them to pass on those."

Precisely my point. 

The movement should maintain a nonpartisan posture until it matures and  can stand on its own as a political force in its own right.

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 19, 2018 at 9:28pm

We need the whole mall in DC filled with high school kids, just them, saying whatever they feel about this crime that the Right has perpetrated on them. Personally, I feel all politicians and lobbyists who have taken NRA money, and all NRA employees should have there homes staked out twenty four hours a day by the largest groups available. Just stand in the street and yell the truth, "Murderers!!!"

Comment by Ron Powell on February 19, 2018 at 11:21pm

"The Twenty-sixth Amendment(Amendment XXVI) to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from using age as a reason for denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States who are at least eighteen years old. The drive to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 grew across the country during the 1960s, driven in large part by the broaderstudent activism movement protesting the Vietnam War. The impetus for drafting an amendment to lower the voting age arose following the Supreme Court's decision in Oregon v. Mitchell,400 U.S. (1970), which held that Congress may establish a voting age for federal elections, but not for local or state elections.

On March 23, 1971, a proposal to lower the voting age to 18 years was adopted by both houses of Congress and sent to the states for ratification. The amendment became part of the Constitution on July 1, 1971, three months and eight days after the amendment was submitted to the states for ratification, making this amendment the quickest to be ratified." -----Wikipedia


The kids that made this happen couldn't vote either.

Perhaps there's an rresistible similarity between kids dying in Vietnam and kids dying in classrooms that will give this "children's movement "the traction and momentum it needs going forward..

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 19, 2018 at 11:44pm

And Ron, I remember those days, protests, marches, speeches, and yes, riots and fights, photographically ... I will never get them out of my head because they wanted me to kill my VC cousins who I had not even had the pleasure to meet yet. And, they killed us, with government approval, Ohio, People's Park, Watts, the list goes on and on. Only the kids can win, and this time they WILL! I know they can because we did, and when those ping pong balls were thrown away for the last time that will be the same thing as kicking out the last sell out congressmen who is NRA flush with cash. I still stay, surround their homes, surround their offices, flood the capital and let them go NOWHERE until they vote to pass a bill once and for all.

Comment by Ron Powell on February 19, 2018 at 11:54pm

As I've been saying,  when people take their grievances to the streets, shit happens. ...

Comment by Tom Cordle on February 20, 2018 at 6:33pm

I heard one of the kids say he wasn't the least bit nervous about facing legislators, not after staring down a maniac with an AR15. Death has a way of putting things in perspective, and I don't think much is going to be done about getting rid of assault rifles unless a legislator or two is killed. Hell, even the ballpark shooting and the crippling of Scalise didn't sway these craven creeps. And if anyone is hoping a shooter takes out ttramp and in doing so precipitate another Reagan ban, think again - there'd be cheers in the hallowed halls if cheetolini bit the dust.


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