#Starbucks2A – “buycott” coverage

L.A. Times has an article with some coverage (finally) of our “buycott” response
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2012/02/starbucks-guns-boycott.html

H/T to Sebastian for the link, he also tries to clear up, just where this whole ‘buycott’ originated, and settle the score regarding it’s success – the “Internets”.

We did amazingly well. We had 25,000 people on the Facebook page. We sent a clear message of support to Starbucks. I mean, let’s be honest, last night the Starbucks’ Facebook page qualified as the most active Gun Blog on the Internet.

But it’s still an uphill fight…

The L.A. Times quotes Fineman saying “Because there’s no way that the current forces on our side can combat the NRA. They’re just too big. They have an enormous amount of money and people, and they throw their weight around in a pretty big fashion”

I know we’re all so tired of hearing this….

In every single anti-gun news article, this soundbite is made – “The NRA…they’re just too big”. The truth is, the NRA pretty much had zero involvement in this movement. Cam and company covered. But there was no NRA strategist planning, no NRA funding, if there was NRA involvement it was simply that they drove to the nearby Fairfax Starbucks and ordered a Latte.

Why is this so annoying? Because it’s a dismissal of the fact that our community is just that, a community. That we’re a grass roots organization that raises itself up. Rather than a bunch of small anti-gun organizations funded by a few rich political activists; and constantly being re-birthed as new names as soon as the money runs out.

So let’s talk about what is really “just too big”. The fact that there was a fair amount of mainstream media covering the boycott. But very little coverage before or even after of the much larger “buycott”. 25,000 supporters….a swamped Facebook page. And nearly zero coverage outside of the blogosphere.  We still have to work 10x, 100x, even 1000x harder than they do to get 1/4 of the coverage.  Hopefully, we’ll see that change over the next 5-10 years.

But there lies the power of the internet. The mainstream media turned a blind eye, but the message still went out. The call was heard. And the coffee streamed….

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  1. In every single anti-gun news article, this soundbite is made – “The NRA…they’re just too big”. The truth is, the NRA pretty much had zero involvement in this movement.

    Why is this so annoying? Because it’s a dismissal of the fact that our community is just that, a community.

    That’s the entire point. By dismissing the NRA as some faceless leviathan “special interest”, they dehumanize gun owners and paint the picture of this small group of evil people backed by lots of money and a well oiled political machine.

    You know…pretty much painting us to be what they are.

    It’s much easier for them to create a boogey man out of their caricature of the pro-freedom lobby than it would be were they to acknowledge the true grass-roots nature of our culture and face the fact that we are not the minority…we are the mainstream and they are the ones pushing the radical, out of touch agenda.

    It’s just part of what they do. And the media, although we’ve made astonishing strides in the past ten years or so, are still by and large on their side. We still cannot expect honesty or balanced coverage from them yet. We’re gaining ground on that front, but the battle isn’t over by a long shot.

    ut there lies the power of the internet. The mainstream media turned a blind eye, but the message still went out.

    And that’s why we’re winning. The MSM is no longer the gatekeepers of information. They do not have a monopoly on shaping the opinions of the American people. They will either face that reality and start reporting on the issues that Americans care about in a balanced way, or they will die a slow, prolonged and painful death.

    Either way’s fine with me.

  2. I need to add a “Like” button on my blog. 😉


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