How about this angle? #guncontrol


#1

Here in Oz, we have this show called The Gruen Transfer, a panel show with advertising execs, on which they deconstruct ads. It’s pretty good stuff. Anyway, they have a segment called The Pitch, where they give two competing firms an ‘impossible brief’. Tonight, it was selling gun control to the US… one of the ads was a bit lame; something about melting down guns to make statues honouring veterans or whatever, but this other one fucking kicked arse.

This should totally be a thing.


#2

Sure. Let’s just enshrine lobbying with money into the process. Then we can drop the pretense of this whole democracy thing and buy the laws we want.


#3

That is goddamned brilliant. Also totally plausible now that the saying ‘money talks’ can be taken literally thanks to the Citiizens United decision.


#4

It also misidentifies the problem. It isn’t that gun lobbies give them money. They give them a drop in the bucket as campaign contributions go. The problem is a combination of old fashioned electoral republican (small R) politics and putting poison pills in legislation. I maintain that the Dems squandered an opportunity when they sat-in in Congress by tying gun control to a terrorist watchlist. That was bound to poke a lot of people’s squick.


#5

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