Connecticut congresswoman manipulates language to make gun control more palatable.
This feature appears in the August ’17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.
“I wouldn’t ever say ‘gun control.’ Never ever say that. … We really should be talking about gun safety.”
That’s what U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., told an audience at an event hosted by the anti-gun Center for American Progress Action Fund not long ago. Why “gun safety” and not the more accurate “gun control”? As Esty explained, “Every time you use the words ‘gun control’ … you are giving up 15 percent of your support from men.”
Anti-gun activists are willing to give up some of the language they’ve used if they think it will help them get some legislative victories. Make no mistake though: Despite their happy talk about loving and respecting the Second Amendment and gun owners, they’re still painting targets on the NRA and its members—as well as the pro-gun policies they work toward.
As Esty told her audience, “Words matter, words matter on that and the gun lobby, which is concerned with selling guns and its fancy doodads—the latest ones being silencers, which we appear to need now. But remember this, that it’s not gun owners, it’s the gun lobby that is putting us at risk and their money funneled into campaigns.”
Words do matter, but Esty is more than willing to twist their meaning in order to walk away with a win. I’ve got news for Rep. Esty: Gun owners are the “gun lobby,” and we’re going to continue to fight for our right to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our right to keep and bear arms.
Cam Edwards is the host of “Cam & Co.,” which airs live 2-5 p.m. EST on NRATV and midnight EST on SiriusXM Patriot 125. He lives with his family on a small farm near Farmville, Va. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @camedwards.