What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.
Rule 11 of Alinsky's Rules for Radicals:
"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."
Target: Private ownership of firearms. Firearm owners can't be ruled, only governed with their consent.
Freeze it: Define it on generally accepted terms. Nail down a description of firearm owners. Firearms owners are a varied bunch and already individualistic and cantankerous, so this is easy enough.
Personalize it: THIS groups of sportsmen are reasonable. THAT group are crazed with suppressed violence bubbling just under the surface. This coach of that football team [name here] is ok, but Ted Nugent is crazed and Dylon Klebold is a murderer. Be like coach, not like the murderers on the other side
Polarize it: THIS group is ok and harmless, THAT group is dangerous, and a subset of THAT group are criminals and domestic terrorists, so... they are either criminals or future criminals. It's not an individual right, it's a hunter-sportsman's privilege. And if it WAS an individual right, that was way back in Olden Thymes, and it's not relevant to today's world. Pay no attention to the Supreme Court's latest ruling.
And this you get a subset of firearms owners turning against other firearms owner, and you get the sympathy of non-firearms owners through inspired fear for their safety.
Resist the radicals. Don't let them drive a wedge between us. Don't look extreme and radical to non-firearms owners, look reasonable. Highlight the good that firearms owners do for the community by highlighting self-defense shootings. When offensive firearms incident occur suggest the 'Book' should be thrown at the miscreant goblin, and opine that if only ALL goblins were given full term jail sentences for crimes calling for 10 year stints instead of being let out in 3 months. Make non-firearms owner interested in the fun and home-defense aspects of shooting and thus become firearms-owners.
Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.
Unlike the Brady's, we actually HAVE a grassroots membership on our side. The NRA is not a front for a powerful gun industry. That industry is tiny compared to other industries. It has 4 million individual members, and 30 million people that think or say they are members. Regular people that happen to own guns and want the government to leave their guns alone, as they aren't hurting anyone with them.
Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
This is where penis jokes come at us from. That the gun is over-compensation for a personal shortcoming. How mature. So Junior High School. When they have anti-gun strategy sessions does their parents have to come around in the family mini-van after to take them home? And what of the explosion of women taking to firearms in the last 20 years? Are they 'compensating' for piece of male anatomy they don't have somehow?
Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.
The Anti-Gun types have this problem now. Nothing new has come out of their strategy sessions in some time, and their old stuff has been definitively addressed and debunked as fraudulent. Our side only needs to keep promulgating this info to counter their lies.
Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. When Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to tie up the washrooms of O’Hare Airport, Chicago city authorities quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined the international embarrassment and the damage to the city’s reputation.
Threatening armed revolution is NOT the way to go about this. That scares the people on the sidelines and is too unsubtle. I do wish the 3%ers would tone down the rhetoric a hair as it seems, to me, to be counter productive. That's not to say I want them to be silent... A clandestine rational 3%er is more effective than a loud, all-talk, 3%er. It's not like the other side isn't aware of their existence. And it goes toward rule 1. If the other side thinks 3%ers are more like 11%ers... 28%ers... And THAT requires non-3%ers to be clandestine on where they fall on the spectrum.
Empty holster protests would be more effective, I think. If the protests are BIG.