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Nate Silver, over at NYTimes, has a pretty cool blogpost up today about how the use of the phrase "gun control" has declined while the phrase "gun rights" has increased in media articles. He did searches for different phrases in articles back to 1980.

If he's right, it looks like we're succeeding in re-framing the debate, recent events notwithstanding.

In Public 'Conversation' on Guns, a Rhetorical Shift - NYTimes.com

"Averaging the frequency of usage over a five-year period reduces the effect of these news-driven fluctuations and reveals a reasonably clear long-term trend. In recent years, the term “gun control” has been used only about half as often as it was in the 1980s and about one-quarter as often as in the 1990s and early 2000s."

"The polling evidence suggests that the public has gone from tending to back stricter gun control policies to a more ambiguous position in recent years. There may be some voters who think that the Constitution provides broad latitude to own and carry guns – even if the consequences can sometimes be tragic."
 

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You'd never know that from watching NBC stations but "Gun Rights" is a move in the right direction for sure
 

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There is but one reason for the Government to pursue gun control of any kind...

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it. ~Abraham Lincoln


Lincoln's First Inaugural Address - 3/4/1861
FEAR!!!!!
 
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