PA Bill Number: HB1340
Title: In inchoate crimes, further providing for the offense of use or possession of electric or electronic incapacitation device.
Description: In inchoate crimes, further providing for the offense of use or possession of electric or electronic incapacitation device. ...
Last Action: Referred to JUDICIARY
Last Action Date: May 5, 2021
Oregon Pro-Gun Rally A Lesson In Media Relations :: 05/04/2021
The media in Oregon isn’t likely to be supportive of the pro-gun position. Especially not in larger cities. That’s the model we see throughout the nation, of course, but in a place like that, it’s likely to be far worse. That means media relations there need to be in every pro-gunners’ mind.
What that means is that pro-gun groups aren’t going to get fair coverage. More than that, though, it also means that anything at all pro-gun folks do that can be manipulated into something negative will be manipulated into something negative, so don’t give them anything.
Unfortunately, it seems a pro-gun rally in Oregon is getting just that treatment.
Missing from the rest of the story is any example of just what threats were made, of course. Instead, it goes on to argue that the gathering was illegal in the first place.
That said, though, it’s important to remember one very important thing. If you’re out in the public as pro-gun, remember that you’re speaking for all of us whether you mean to or not. The media is likely to be hostile and will blatantly misinterpret anything they can to make it sound like a threat.
Hell, even if you threaten them with something completely lawful, they’ll just leave it as a threat in their reports and let readers assume you meant a threat of violence.
Be aware of this and act accordingly. Be unfailingly polite to them and answer their questions carefully and thoughtfully, but make sure there’s nothing they can use against you or the Second Amendment community. I know you don’t like them and you don’t trust them, so then why give them ammunition they can use to attack a cause you believe in? Media relations may not sound like something you should worry about, but it really is.
Also, make sure you’ve got the law squarely on your side when you do something.
I don’t know if the claims that the demonstrators had no authority to close the park are true or not. Frankly, I don’t care all that much whether they did or not. What I will say, though, is again, the media isn’t your friend, so don’t trust them. Keep the idea of media relations in your mind and act like you’re the one responsible for making sure your group looks good.
Not because the media will suddenly like you. They won’t. They just won’t have much to use against you, and that’s the goal here.