How to drive a wedge between the gun industrial complex and their cash cow customers
...already the idea that shifting focus from gun owners to gun sellers is a better political bet is working out quite nicely. Cerebus Capital Management Group is selling off any ownership they have in the firearms business.
Wal-Mart also stopped selling the Bushmaster AR-15 online, though probably not for long. This is all from just a slight uptick in attention paid to the business of selling guns after this massacre, compared to previous massacres. Imagine if we liberals really started to really take seriously the idea of focusing on the industry side of guns.
The best part is that it would make an interesting wedge issue. Right now, gun lovers believe, incorrectly, that their interests donít diverge from the people who make and sell them their guns. But thatís not exactly true. After all, the gun industry treats them like gullible idiots who have deep fears of not being manly enough, and they tell they can assuage those fears by buying more guns. This creates interesting conflicts that arenít currently perceived as conflicts, but could be. For instance, as I noted at XX Factor yesterday, a lot of gun nuts are rushing to downplay the power of the AR-15 that Adam Lanza used in the murders, because they donít want to see it regulated. But the manufacturers depend on the image of that gun and many like it as badass killing machines that make your dick 15 inches long in order to sell them. Thereís contradictions there, and we can create chaos and drive wedges by pointing that out.
But the only way to do that is to start talking more about the manufacturers and less about gun owners themselves. Or, we should start looking at gun owners as marks, targeted by a sleazy and exploitative industry that doesnít care if their products kill their own damn customers, as long as you keep buying. Everyone is desperate to change this conversation. This is how we do it.