The Herald Bulletin

Overnight Update


March 12, 2013

Primus Mootry: American politics and public policy a battle of words


What is interesting to me is that the entire debate has been improperly framed. Part of my interest stems from the fact that I know politicians on all sides spend millions on focus groups, surveys, and other means, e.g., opinion polls, to determine the best way to frame their argument. But, somehow, they got it framed wrong.

The political debate, again, on all sides, is not about gun control, per se, but gun safety. As a result this mis-framing, however, the rush to buy firearms is a lot more serious than your next-door neighbor buying a gun to defend his or her family. Instead, it is the proliferation, explosion really, of militia groups across America who truly believe the government is positioning itself to take away their guns! Ain’t that a Rush?

I must admit, though, it is possible to come to another conclusion on this one. Could it be that the mis-framing was deliberate? It sure makes for better television news reporting, and it gives the NRA exactly what they want — a Second Amendment knee-jerk from gun owners throughout the country. I don’t know, but it is possible.

In closing, I guess the reality is that, in the press of the great changes sweeping society, we have lost our moral compass. As old Benjamin Franklin once suggested, we are giving up liberty for security, placing both at risk.

Has anyone ever heard of prayer? Words have power, you know. Or have we, cloaked in deepest fear, lost our ability to pray and, in our wanderings, lost our way to God?

Have a nice day.

Anderson resident Primus Mootry is a retired school teacher. His column appears Wednesdays in The Herald Bulletin.



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