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Are we firearm owner/carriers pointing fingers at the wrong entities?

solus

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“The success of a terrorist operation depends almost entirely on the amount of publicity it receives.”—Walter Laqueur, Terrorism (1977)

Who truly is benefiting from a terrorist event, or ‘random’ public shooting, or even a staged event?

Politicians, retailers, LE agencies all across the local/state/national spectrum all gain publicity, notoriety & monies from those citizens who have been purposely aroused into a reactionary frenzy by newspeek/social media, and this group who is stirring the pot is gaining the most from the “OMG we gotta be the first to report, show, incite the public.”

While a dated op-ed, it is even more relative as the anti-gun fervor debacle continues...quote,

There is a symbiotic relationship between terrorism and the media—especially television media.

Not long after Americans were alerted to the news of the Boston bombings, the coverage quickly escalated to a frenzied level, with every possible angle being covered, whether inane or newsworthy. From minute-by-minute updates on the bombings to reports on what the average American thinks about the bombings, there is little ground that has not already been covered mere days after the tragic event.

Take a look at CNN’s website coverage of the Boston bombings, and the stories range from a moment by moment photo sequence of moments right after the blast, to photo and video reports from eyewitnesses on the scene, as well as an interactive map and timeline tracking the explosions and their aftermath. It’s almost as if they were creating an interactive video game.

Yet does all this coverage really help us understand the tragedy any more or navigate terrorists and reduce a genuine tragedy to an entertainment spectacle?

One reason terrorists use the tactics they do is to get publicity and thereby get their message across. However, in addition to providing them with a megaphone to the world, the publicity actually encourages further terrorist acts and also serves as a recruiting tool for more terrorists—whether foreign or homegrown. In other words, by shining a constant spotlight on these acts of terror, the media actually serve to spawn the system of terror. As Laqueur points out, “Terrorists have always recognized the importance of manipulating the media.” Indeed, terrorists the world over have mastered the art of marketing themselves to a sensationalism-driven media, and the media lap it up.

Ask yourselves: why do terrorists fly planes into buildings and blow up buildings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon? Do they do it to be mean? Or because they like to destroy things? Perhaps in part. But the real motivation behind these acts of urban terrorism is the attention the terrorists receive from the world media. Laqueur quotes one terrorist leader as saying, “If we put even a small bomb in a house in town, we could be certain of making the headlines in the press. But if the rural guerrilleros liquidated thirty soldiers in some village, there was just a small news item on the last page.”

As consumers of this constant barrage, we are just as guilty of fueling the feeding frenzy. With advances in technology, we now have easy and immediate access to news and entertainment wherever we are—whether at home, on our cell phones, at work on our computers or in our cars. Thus, it becomes a vicious cycle. The more we watch, the harder the media must work to keep us entertained, and the harder they must compete for our viewership. And with all those advertising dollars at stake, the television networks must compete against one another.

As with so many problems, if we are to have any hope of a solution, we must begin with ourselves, at home. Maybe it’s time to turn the television sets off, stop buying the political spin being sold to us through the media, and start focusing on not only who is behind these terrorist attacks, but equally important, who stands to gain from them. Unquote


Bottom line...nobody cares, except...

The national retail CEOs who are whining are getting FREE advertising, read more sales by sympathetic citizens, from the events which occur.

The foot stomping politicians are getting free advertising, read contributions from uninformed citizens being sucked to the feeding frenzy, all the while perpetuating the chaos.

And of course those who gain the most...newspeek/social media!
 

Firearms Iinstuctor

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The media has been our enemy for a long time.

The anti's need and love violence because it helps them push their agenda.

The CEO's were once mostly motivated by profit. Now have let their personal political agendas interfere with that.

So there we have it.
 

Ghost1958

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The media has been our enemy for a long time.

The anti's need and love violence because it helps them push their agenda.

The CEO's were once mostly motivated by profit. Now have let their personal political agendas interfere with that.

So there we have it.
True sir. Now lets watch and see how many more mass shootings happen when the new had worn off the last ones.
 

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There seems to be a correlation between mass shooting events & things happening that shed a negative light on the Democratic Party, or the news happens to be slow.
 

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The libs are on an open in your face push to pass massive gun control.

And the liberal business CEOS feel comfortable enough to join them.

If gun owners and patriots don't push back harder they might get something to Trump. Who will sign any gun bill on his desk.
 

solus

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The libs are on an open in your face push to pass massive gun control.

And the liberal business CEOS feel comfortable enough to join them.

If gun owners and patriots don't push back harder they might get something to Trump. Who will sign any gun bill on his desk.
Remember there are two types of attention...positive & negative and both result in the same end. CEOs are after free advertising newspeek/social media across the nation & around the world...
 
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