John Stewart Versus NRA Convention “Fear Tactics” Message

By Tim Peacock

Jon Stewart takes on the NRA Convention's "fear tactics" spiel
On Monday night’s episode of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart took on the NRA Convention’s “fear tactics” spiel in which they blamed gun safety advocates of using fear and emotion in order to make their point – and then went and used fear and scare tactics to make their own point. Repeatedly. In fact, in one instance, Glenn Beck proclaimed, “The only difference between your mom and sister getting raped and them walking home unmolested, is a gun.”
At the heart of the discussion, this all isn’t about asking if guns in the right hands save people – that’s a no-brainer. The question is: how do we tell who the good guys are and who the bad guys are? If (as our favorite NRA representative famously said) only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun, how do we make a distinction between the two? Wouldn’t sensible bipartisan-supported background check legislation qualify for that?
In a succinct description of the entire convention, Stewart said, “At the heart of the NRA’s message is, ‘Don’t let liberals say it’s a dangerous world and scare you into gun control, let us say it’s a dangerous world and scare you into gun-a-palooza.”
Here’s the clip:

About Tim Peacock:
For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he’s dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging – he’s been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In creating Peacock Panache, he’s combined two of his favorite hobbies: blogging and current events/politics. When not working here, Tim toils away at editing & rewriting the novels he’s completed over the years. You can read samples of his other work here.

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Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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