I'm loving this:
The gay rights movement could take on the NRA — and actually win
The gay rights movement knows how to change the culture, not just the law.
And they go on to explain how gay activists changed the culture without actually mentioning any contribution from, ohh, Hollywood, Broadway and the entertainment industry. I kid you not.
So let's ask ourselves, as the summer season of bigger guns, crazier villains and louder explosions unfolds - is Hollywood really going to lead the charge on changing cultural attitudes towards guns? Studio execs will have to ask themselves one question - do they feel lucky? And the answer will be no.
In fact, I would argue in the opposite direction - I think Hollywood bears some responsibility for the "assault weapon" craze, since "assault weapons" are essentially conventional semi-automatic rifles tricked out to look like a cool prop in a Schwarzenegger film.
But to be fair, the authors do manage passing contact with reality in this passage about the vast cultural success of gay activists:
It won’t be easy. The NRA has a track record of galvanizing a committed block of voters in key states. Meanwhile, the LGBTQ movement has largely focused on changing hearts and courts.
Obviously five Supreme Court liberals will never see a gun ownership restriction that strikes them as unreasonable, and yes, progressive jurists have the intellectual flexibility of Cirque du Soleil performers, but still - progressives are aiming for a world where the courts agree that abortion rights exist in the penumbra of privacy laws, gay marriage is a clear and obvious consequence of equal protection laws meant to end slavery, but, despite that cryptic Second Amendment, gun ownership rights are not now and never could have been imagined as fundamental to the American Experiment.
I'LL BE BACK: The authors also note that disarming in the face of one's enemies may not be the first response of all gays:
It’s also not clear that gay rights groups will take on gun control. Many gun proponents see gay rights as part and parcel of a broader libertarian cause. Meanwhile, some LGBTQ activists have vigorously embraced gun rights as a way to protect gay lives. The Pink Pistols group, under the slogan “pick on someone your own caliber,” explicitly advocates the exercise of Second Amendment rights for self-protection, especially against hate crimes. The LGBTQ community is highly diverse, and attempts to ally gay rights activists with gun-control proponents may undermine the diversity that defines the movement.