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Loaded Words from the Gun Violence Debate

January 16, 2013
Ever wonder why word choice matters? Check out the loaded language pervading the gun violence debate. Drawn from: In Gun Debate, Even Language Can Be Loaded from The New York Times, Jan 15, 2013.
point-blank
The Brady Campaign found itself in the awkward position of using a firm called Point Blank when it needed help last month. —New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)
shoot
When Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. promised ideas for responding to the massacre, he said he was “shooting for Tuesday.” —New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)
silver bullet
“We know that there is no silver bullet,” Mr. Biden said last week about stemming gun violence.
New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)
target
Candidates “target” their opponents, lawmakers “stick to their guns,” advocacy groups “take aim” at hostile legislation and reporters write about a White House “under fire.” —New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)
take aim
Candidates “target” their opponents, lawmakers “stick to their guns,” advocacy groups “take aim” at hostile legislation and reporters write about a White House “under fire.”
New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)
flintlock
“All of that ties into the frontier tradition, rugged individualism, a single American with a flintlock or a gun of some kind holding off the Indians or fighting off the British,” said Robert Spitzer, a scholar of gun control at the State University of New York at Cortland.
New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)
gun control
Gun control advocates these days generally do not use the term gun control; instead, they talk about curbing gun violence, recognizing that “control” stirs opposition among legal gun owners who fear their rights being trampled.
New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)
misfire
“My opening line was, his speech was a misfire; he missed the target,” Mr. Spitzer recalled. “I liked using the gun metaphor because I think it’s doubly appropriate for him.”
New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)
aim
For an editorial last week criticizing Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, for his past solidarity with the N.R.A., The New York Times used the headline, “Senator Reid Takes Fresh Aim.”
New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)
point man
Candy Crowley, the CNN anchor, introduced an interview by highlighting “our conversation with N.R.A. point man Asa Hutchinson.”
New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)
ballistic
As of Tuesday, the phrase “Alex Jones goes ballistic” drew 357,000 hits on Google.
New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)
curb
They talk about curbing gun violence, recognizing that “control” stirs opposition among legal gun owners who fear their rights being trampled.
New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)
cross hair
Sarah Palin, the former vice-presidential nominee, for using cross hairs on her Web site to identify Democrats like Ms. Giffords who she said should be defeated for re-election.
New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)
firearm
But during a discussion on fiscal talks, he [Obama] too used the terminology of firearms. “What I will not do is have that negotiation with a gun at the head of the American people,” he said.
New York Times (Jan 15, 2013)

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Thursday January 17th 2013, 12:47 AM
Comment by: Paul D. (Frankston Australia)
Would you like to expand your list a lot to reflect less bias?

You might want to include some of the disinformation campaign about the Constitution and the history of the oountry that's flooding the marginal, but well funded and organized, right wing madia.
Saturday March 9th 2013, 4:24 PM
Comment by: Kimberley G. (Lansdale, PA)
Some other words that are being used are "assault weapons" when speaking of semi-automatic weapons (or even weapons that can be converted to semi-automatic that are not semi-automatic themselves.

Another phrase that is bein used is "gun violence" in reference to the massacre's that have taken place in places like Sandy Hook and Columbine when, in reality, less than 15% of the total "gun violence" per the FBI statistics is from semi-automatic shootings. Over 80% of the killings - the true "gun violence" are from handguns. Unfortunately, the politicians and media are allowing the two to become cloudy and the people just take whatever is fed to them.

If they want to make a true impact on real "gun violence" they would go after the handguns.

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