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What happened to the C-word? (as in gun control)

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Jan. 13, 2013 at 7:58 am |
January 13, 2013 7:58 am

The search term “gun reform” now gets nearly a half-million hits on Google. (I’m sure it’s been around, but I don’t recall hearing it until after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre a few weeks ago.)

Example: Greg Sargent in the Washington Post:

Another term on the rise is “gun safety.” Keyword “gun safety” and “connecticut” to get more than a half-million hits, many of them post post-Sandy Hook.

Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, talk about “solutions for gun violence,” “responsible changes in our laws,” “common-sense solutions” and “reforms to reduce gun violence” in their USA Today oped.

Conspicuously missing is the term “gun control.” I’m guessing some high-paid political consultants are advising against the C-word, which now translates into “confiscation” in the minds of many gun-owners.

“Gun reform” and “gun safety” will probably pick up the same political baggage, because they are so vague and rule out so little. What we need is something like “better ways to keep guns away from wackos, sociopaths, idiots, toddlers and gang-bangers” – except a lot shorter.

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