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Posts Tagged ‘gun control’

NRA Pushes Back Against the ‘Pop-Tart’ / Toy Gun Bill. Really.

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And then, little Johnny, tell the principal to “Stick-em Up.” 

It’s no secret that America is an overly litigious society consumed with ambulance chaser commercials and the threats of legal beagles over little-to-nothing. We’ve had more than our fair share amount of ridiculous lawsuits, proving that lawyers will shill for anything — specifically, a big check.

To wit, the Florida affiliate of the National Rifle Association (NRA) has Pop-Tarts and the second Amendment on its mind as it hollers at its pool of lobbyists and lawyers on the speed dial. In that order. How? You’re going to love this.

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Why Tragedy and Twitter Should Never Mix

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A basic fact: when it comes to heinous events that involve mass chaos, terror or even death, people should immediately throw their smartphones out of the window, thereby resisting the temptation to tweet and forever be linked to stupefaction via social media.

Meet some simpletons who thought tragedy provided a great opportunity to stand on a soapbox, drop trow and moon the nation. For politics.

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Newtown Starbucks Closed to Prevent Gun Control ‘Debate’ Event

The best way to manage the damage from a PR crisis is to avoid it altogether, right?  In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it story, Starbucks scored a pre-emptive crisis comms win last Friday by closing the branch located in Newtown, Connecticut—the same town where a gunman killed 26 people, most of them schoolchildren, last December.

Why? Because several gun rights advocacy groups declared August 9th “Starbucks Appreciation Day” and planned to celebrate the fact that the company does not prohibit weapons inside its stores issue by, yes, bringing their guns to the coffee shop for a publicity stunt.

That’s not all:

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Gabby Giffords Starts ‘Responsible Solutions’ Gun Control Initiative

Former Arizona Representative Gabby GiffordsWe’ve recently posted on the PR components of our nation’s latest debate over gun control. Topics include the NRA‘s media strategies and a new campaign from Michael Bloomberg‘s advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which made waves with a viral video featuring A-list celebrities voicing support for the group’s “DemandAPlan” initiative.

Today brings news of another related campaign, this one created by the American politician who has the most direct experience with real-world gun violence. Exactly two years ago, former Arizona representative Gabriel “Gabby” Giffords was shot in the head by a mentally unstable individual who also killed six bystanders and wounded 12 others.

Giffords’s group, called Americans for Responsible Solutions, officially launched this morning with a web page and a USA Today op-ed. ARS hasn’t outlined many specific proposals, but its stated goal is to “launch a national dialogue and raise funds to counter influence of the gun lobby” in order to encourage Congress to pass relevant laws.

Like all things related to gun control, this initiative won’t advance without controversy: a Connecticut politician already took to her Facebook page to decry a recent visit by Giffords and her former astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, to family members of Sandy Hook shooting victims.

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