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Translating Anti-Gun Speak.


December 11, 2012
Translating Anti-Gun Propaganda into English | Buckeye Firearms Association

Translating Anti-Gun Propaganda into English
In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, a tyrannical government attempts to control how people think by, among other things, reducing language to "a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc [English Socialism]" and "to make all other modes of thought impossible." In the IngSoc government's new language, Newspeak, the original meanings of many words are discarded in favor of new definitions designed to conform people's thoughts to the tyrants' political objectives. For example, Newspeak phraseology includes this gem, "ignorance is strength," a nonsensical construction that gun control advocates appear to have taken literally.
Speaking of gun control advocates, that brings us to the Children's Defense Funds' (CDF) latest offering, "Protect Children, Not Guns, 2013." If you can stand it, bear with us now, while we translate a representative sample of the CDF's gibberish into English, so the real gist of what the group is saying can be conveyed. Sticking with conventional practice, we'll go with a "Top Ten," of sorts.
1. "The Senate voted down a package of common sense gun violence prevention measures." Translation: This year, the Senate rejected legislation that would have banned semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15, banned standard-capacity magazines that Americans want for self-defense and practical shooting sports, and paved the way for universal gun registration by requiring an FBI background check on private firearm sales. But if we refer to gun bans and registration as "gun safety," maybe some people who don't read the fine print will go along with us. Everyone's in favor of "safety," right?
2. "The U.S. has as many guns as people. The U.S. accounts for less than 5 percent of the global population, but owns an estimated 35 to 50 percent of all civilian-owned guns in the world." Translation: Americans have more guns than people in other countries, because they have a constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms that people in other countries don't. But pretending that Americans have "too many" guns pleases our donors and helps keep the money rolling in.
3. "America's military and law enforcement agencies have four million guns. Our citizens have 310 million. Has this made our children safer?" Translation: Private citizens have almost 100 times more guns than the military and law enforcement agencies, because there are almost 100 times more civilian gun owners than there are military and law enforcement personnel who are issued firearms. Also, the rate of firearm-related deaths among children has decreased 59 percent over the last 20 years. But we'd be stupid to say that.
4. "The number of children and teens killed by guns in 2010 was nearly five times the number of U.S. soldiers killed in action that year in Iraq and Afghanistan." Translation: In 2010, there were over 83 million "children and teens" in America, compared to about 150,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, so the per capita death rate among the military personnel was much higher than among the "children and teens." Not to mention that combat operations ended in Iraq in 2010. But the people who pay attention to us don't care about the facts, so let's just throw this out there and see what it gets us.
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