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Monday, January 28, 2013

How 2nd Amendment Supporters Beat Obama's Bully Pulpit: Lesson For Republicans

By Susan Duclos

Republican leadership could learn a lesson or two from Second Amendment supporters, on how to overcome Barack Obama's bully pulpit and his media cohorts in the mainstream news.

Politico reports that "gun control doesn't survive Christmas" in a piece that is breathtaking in their total disregard for objectivity, as the whole tone is one of disappointment, even quoting ABC News personality, Z. Byron Wolf, as saying "It is hard to believe this will not be a watershed moment when we start to talk about, deal with and even perhaps legislate on guns."

The Politico writer Dylan Byers, shows his own bias and disappointment after writing "In the immediate aftermath of a shooting, such as the one that took place in Aurora, Colo., mentions of the term "gun control" spike in the news media. In a matter of days, that discussion all but disappears," by then stating "This time was supposed to be different."

What Mr. Byers doesn't report, is while gun control mentions might have all but disappeared by early January, terms such as "gun rights", "Second Amendment" and "2nd Amendment" completely dominates the discussion, which explains exactly why Obama, his media friends and liberal gun grabbers have already lost the gun control vs Second Amendment battle.

Via the search feature at News Library for the last three months (numbers change as more articles are written), as of January 28, 2013, 12 pm ET, the results from more than 182 million newspaper articles from thousands of credible U.S. publications, shows the following numbers for the search terms mentioned above.

Gun Control: 49,420
Gun Rights: 64,151
Second Amendment: 32,970
2nd Amendment: 4,244

By more than two-to-one, guns rights and the Second Amendment dominated the discussion, versus gun control, despite Obama using his pulpit to push his gun grabbing agenda and the media not even bothering to pretend they are not behind him every step of the way.

Glen Reynolds aka Instapundit , wrote a book titled "An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths, which explains how the new media via today's technology, has the power to change the national conversation, even overcoming the influence of the mainstream media.

Second Amendment supporters have just provided evidence of that type of power, "we the people," now have.

Imagine how differently the whole fiscal cliff fiasco would have turned out had the Republican leadership utilized the same "Army of Davids"  and conservative supporters had not allowed Obama to dominate the fiscal cliff discussion with talk of taxes, but had instead spoken to "spending cuts" twice as often as "taxes", consistently.

Republican leadership and conservative supporters should all take the lesson Second Amendment supporters have just taught us and use it in every political battle going forward.