“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better.” – George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
The Insidious Semantics of “Gun Control”
By Kirby Ferris
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
“Gun Control” advocates fall into only two categories: the Liars and the Ignorant. There is no third category.
The Liars invent the lies. The Ignorant believe the lies and repeat them.
Truly fervent “gun control” advocates are quite often mentally ill. Their most common clinical symptoms, projection and denial, are barely below the surface.
Because they often entertain a warped contempt of other human beings, they don’t trust themselves with guns, so they would prohibit firearms to all. They also entertain a primitive superstition about an inanimate object: “Guns are bad! Guns kill people!”
Read what a psychiatrist has to say about this in “Raging Against Self Defense“. This JPFO essay will open your eyes, and give you an insight into the twisted mentality of the likes of victim vulture Sarah Brady or tragedy addict Representative Carolyn McCarthy. Both Brady and McCarthy are hysterical crybaby liars. Their mental illness bubbles just below the surface, actually becoming visible at times.
An altogether different category of liar is the authoritarian sociopath. Billionaire George Soros, Senator Charles Schumer, and billionaire NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg are sociopathic liars. They have no conscience. They would simply rule over all of us. They have no hidden, subconscious agenda like the classic mental and emotional cripple Sarah Brady. These fellows are simply cold, calculating evil liars who know exactly what they are doing. (Just to be “gender neutral”: Senator Dianne Feinstein, the “Queen Bee of Gun Control” seems to have evolved rather easily into the higher ranks of the calculating, sociopathic liars. And a disgusting Australian harridan, Rebecca Peters, has, on George Soros’ money, taken her perverse, genocide-inviting distortions all the way to the U.N.)
On the other hand, the Ignorant “gun control” advocates are those, mostly well intentioned, people who have swallowed, and now believe, the lies fed to them by the cunning and malicious Liars.
Armies of deluded pastors, rabbis, and priests fill the ranks of what I call “gun control dummies”. They just don’t know any better. Of course, many of them are emotionally manipulated by their own projection and denial. For an outstanding categorization of the seven major types of “gun control” advocate, you must see Gus Cotey’s masterful essay here.
The main thing that the Liars and the Ignorant share in common is a corruption of the linguistic meaning of firearms related words. They, because they also control the mainstream media to a huge extent, have been able to actually invent terminology, or in many cases change the everyday meaning of words! It is a stunning accomplishment … were it not in the service of a great evil.
Here are a few of their classic semantic manipulations:
“Gun Control”: This is the “big daddy”, the cornerstone, the very foundation of the gun prohibitionists’ deceptive artifice. The phrase, on first hearing, sounds innocuous. After all, why wouldn’t people carefully “control” their firearms? However, what “gun control” actually means is:
- Gun owner registration. Your name and address connected with a firearm’s registration number. A paper trail (or soon-to-be computer trail) straight to the door of any gun owner.
- The taxation or licensing of a Constitutionally guaranteed, inalienable, God given right to self defense. When you tax something you “infringe” upon it. Burdensome taxation and licensing fees move firearms ownership out of the hands of the honest and law abiding poor, the very people who, day by day most need the tools of self defense.
- A revocable permission, given by a fickle government, to bear arms in your self defense or the defense of the innocent. (Gun ownership “permits” or “carry permits”.) Again, blatant infringement of a Constitutional Right.
- And these tactics set in place the absolutely essential mechanisms required to institute gun bans and confiscations. See: JPFO’s “Innocents Betrayed“. If a government-gone-bad doesn’t know who owns the guns, and where the guns are, that government cannot effectively disarm its citizenry.
“Assault Weapon”: This truly sleazy piece of semantic sedition can be laid right at the feet of Josh Sugarmann, Minister of Propaganda for the Violence Policy Center, and also an apparently compulsive liar. Sugarmann INVENTED the phrase, with the help of the liberal anti-gun mainstream media shills. An “assault weapon” is now any semi automatic rifle greater than .22 caliber.
“The semi-automatic weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons — anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun — can only increase that chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.” — Josh Sugarmann, 1988, Violence Policy Center.
And it is working! Notice how, even when a hugely negative story breaks about BATFE’s horrific Mexican gun smuggling debacle, “GunRunner”, only a very few media outlets accurately report the weapons illegally smuggled into Mexico under BATFE supervision as what they actually are: semi automatic rifles.
Reporters who should know better are still mindlessly repeating Sugarmann’s “assault weapons” word trickery. Sugarmann has truly earned “The Joseph Goebells of Gun Control Award”. He’s one of a kind. A naked, and unashamed, manipulative liar.
Next, we explore some lesser used, but effective anti-gun linguistic tid bits:
“Personal Arsenal”: This is owning anything over two guns. Two guns is “Multiple Weapons”.
A “Weapons Cache”: This seems to be three or more guns. A “Hidden Weapons Cache” means you don’t leave your guns on the kitchen table all day long.
A “Stockpile of Ammunition” is anything over twenty rounds of any caliber. It’s really a “stockpile” if you have several calibers in your “cache”. That makes you a “Survivalist” or a “Militia Member”.
“Sniper Rifle”. This one didn’t have anywhere near the legs of Sugarmann’s “assault weapons” jive. This is meant to be any deer rifle with a scope. As I recall vaguely, it was floated briefly by Teddy Kennedy. But since even the myopic Elmer Fudds in the gun owning community would get angry enough to do something about a “Sniper Rifle Ban”, this trial balloon deflated and is lying limply in the gun prohibitionist’s back drawer for later use.
Oh wait! Actually it’s back! Calls to ban the .50 caliber Barrett bolt action! Now let’s see if they can just bring that caliber size down a bit, eh?
After all, America has more people capable of one inch groups at one hundred yards than any other nation on Earth. Personally, I find this somewhat comforting. Others do not.
“High Capacity Magazine”: Interestingly, nearly every cop in America is packing two or three “high cap” ammunition magazines on their duty belt: One “high cap” mag in their pistol, and one or two in “mag holders” on the other side. Since cops have a greater God given right to defend themselves than we “We The Little People”, Sarah Brady and Josh Sugarmann and Mike Bloomberg don’t call cop mags “high capacity”. They’re just called “standard service equipment”.
“Explosives”. Gun powder like you buy at the sporting section in most Wal Marts for reloading. And notice how the BATF really glommed onto “Explosives” and got it added to their title, like Cub Scouts collecting merit badges. Always remember to call them the “BATFE”. These dumb, jack booted jocks with machine guns deserve equal doses of ridicule and contempt. A large number of them also deserve jail time. Just watch.
“Armor Piercing Ammunition”: Uhhh … like how thick of armor? And why can cops and soldiers have it and “We The Little People” cannot?
“Dum Dum Bullets” aka “hollow points”. The opposite of “Armor Piercing Ammunition”, so they must be okay … right? Wrong. They are actually as bad! Why? Because all ammo, and all guns, are bad! Friends, wake up and smell the skunk. It’s right at your back door.
This is just an incomplete list of the word play of “gun control”. (“Saturday Night Special” was a beauty, but now seemingly out of favor.)
Oh yeah! How about “Reasonable gun control”? I mean who wants to be “unreasonable”?
Let’s try to reach “Common Ground” shall we?
And add to that “Gun Safety”, which, when pronounced by a Sarah Brady or Charles Schumer simply means a ban on guns?
The point being made here is that this will not stop! It’s ALWAYS a lie.
We won the Heller decision. We won the McDonald decision. And now, far too many gun owners have gone back into “doze mode”.
Friends, you simply do not understand Obama and his “under the radar” mentality. Do you actually believe the gun prohibitionists will play fair?
To paraphrase a cliché about politicians: “How do you know a “gun control” advocate is lying? His/her lips are moving.”
And that is THE TRUTH!
A frequent JPFO contributor and strategist, Kirby Ferris collaborated intensively with Aaron Zelman over the last two years. Ferris is now the Public Affairs Director of JPFO. See more of Kirby Ferris’ articles here.
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