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When Plain Talk Isn’t

January 19, 2013

Got a bug up my butt after reading an article. Decided to take the most offensive paragraph apart, sentence by sentence.

This should not be viewed as a criticism of Obama as a person or a president. That’s for a different discussion. This is longer than intended so bear with me please. This is an example where seemingly plain words really aren’t so plain.

This is a quote from President Obama yesterday discussing his gun control proposals that I take issue with. There is a link to the article at the bottom.

“But I also believe most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from doing harm. I believe most of them agree that if America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one in Connecticut. And that’s what these commonsense reforms are designed to do.”

I agree with the first sentence. How could you not? Respect the 2nd amendment and keep guns out of the hands of bad people. Makes sense, right? Drawing out that sentiment to the reader is intentional. Read on please.

I agree with the premise of the second sentence as well. We should work hard to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Essentially, he’s said the same thing as before. Nothing new here. Except for invoking Connecticut. At a time where reason is in short supply and raw emotion flows like the Mississippi at flood-stage, using Connecticut was not for compassion or context but purely for effect. The reference was buried in the second sentence, after you’ve already agreed with him once. Read it again, but stop at the word atrocities. Change anything? Not really.

It’s difficult to argue against these two sentences and maintain credibility. Which why they precede the third. You’ve already reflexively nodded your head “yes” twice. Either in reality or in your mind, you’ve done it. Even if you hate the guy. As a career salesman by choice, I can tell you this is a very, very good place to have your prospect. It is wholly intentional, practiced and an age old method.

Sales 101

The paragraph ends with:

“And that’s what these commonsense reforms are designed to do.”

He didn’t just call them reforms. Commonsense reforms is the term. Again, who wants to argue against commonsense?

*This guy*

My reading of what the White House has proposed wouldn’t have stopped that Twit from walking in there and opening fire. His mother would have passed the criminal background checks and even with 10 round mags, the only change is that he’d have had to reload more often. Big whoop against 5 and 6 year olds.

These measures will create a false sense of security and *slightly* but inexorably erode our personal Liberty so we don’t notice and pave the way for more. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

This is Sales 101 being perverted for their own gains without regard for you or me. There are salesman and there are con men. There is a distinct difference. You decide which he is. There is no third option.

These measures are NOT your friends and if they actually make you safer, that will be an interesting coincidence.

Link to original article