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Say gun "safety," not gun "control!"

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My first "tweet" about this frame for the gun issue took place on 8.14.12, after an earlier gun massacre, well before Sandy Hook. Since then I've tweeted, blogged, and facebooked the same message many times. Now

I'm passing it on to everyone this way too.  Say: "We need better 'gun safety laws (or rules),'  not gun 'control' or 'regulation!'" Why? Because Americans hate "control," and "regulation" is a G.O.P. bugaboo word. Our best hope of stricter gun safety rules is to have rank and file NRA

members join us in asking their congressional reps to make it happen, defying their "out-of-touch" leadership, "captive of the gun corporations." Safety is something grass roots NRA folks already value; unfortunately, being "sensible,"or "commonsense" is too weak a way to describe what we need.

And since it's clear now that we're going over the fiscal cliff, you will still

be able to use my suggestions for framing "cuts for military "corporations'" and other military spending issues. A quick link for that framing post is available here on my OpEdNews page or on the MP website home page, under the "Articles" heading at:   

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Susan C. Strong, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Metaphor Project. She is also the author of our new book, MOVE OUR MESSAGE: HOW TO GET AMERICA'S EAR, available on our website. The mission of the Metaphor Project is helping (more...)

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Some people have written me to say they "like" the... by Susan Strong on Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 at 6:06:53 PM
Susan, you are so spot on in framing this issue as... by Paul Roden on Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 at 3:34:56 PM
NONSENSE! The ONLY people who are on-board with a... by Stuart Chisholm on Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 at 6:09:44 PM
So what do you propose instead. Get specific yours... by Susan Strong on Monday, Dec 31, 2012 at 12:55:15 AM
Susan's article and your comments are a step in th... by michael payne on Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 at 8:27:50 PM
Thanks, Paul!... by Susan Strong on Monday, Dec 31, 2012 at 12:50:37 AM
If the NRA was for the 1968 Gun Control Act, they ... by Steven G. Erickson on Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 at 6:34:17 PM
I totally agree with you, Susan. The NRA and their... by Howard Schneider on Monday, Dec 31, 2012 at 9:14:32 AM