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Loaded Words from the Gun Violence Debate

January 16, 2013
Learn the words that are having the most impact on the gun violence debate. From "In Gun Debate, Even Language Can Be Loaded" (NYTimes Jan. 13, 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.
shoot
When Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. promised ideas for responding to the massacre, he said he was “ shooting for Tuesday.”
silver bullet
“We know that there is no silver bullet,” Mr. Biden said last week about stemming gun violence.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
point man
Candy Crowley, the CNN anchor, introduced an interview by highlighting “our conversation with N.R.A. point man Asa Hutchinson.”
ballistic
As of Tuesday, the phrase “Alex Jones goes ballistic” drew 357,000 hits on Google.
curb
They talk about curbing gun violence, recognizing that “control” stirs opposition among legal gun owners who fear their rights being trampled.
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.
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.

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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.

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