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10 May, 2023

Watch for these sneaky tricks Republicans use to deny America’s GUN EPIDEMIC they’ve created

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How to avoid talking about America's GUN EPIDEMIC

"Elon Musk Flirts With Conspiracy Theories About Texas Mall Shooting" - Rolling Stone

Whataboutism: Abbott pointed to Chicago as proof that stringent gun laws are not the solution to school shootings after deadly mass shooting in Texas - Chicago Sun Times
Strawman: Right-Wingers Are Getting Desperate After Another Shooting By A Far-Right Extremist - HuffPost
False Flag: After Texas mass shooting, conservatives refuse to believe shooter held far-right views - Daily Dot

What's in the Republican playbook to to deny America's gun epidemic? How do you recognize and counter the tricks they use? See what disinformation experts advise with this infographic by clicking on the icons for details.

Watch for these sneaky tricks Republicans use to avoid having to talk about America's Gun Epidemic.

Watch for MAGA Republican deflections

Faced with the likely possibility that yet another mass shooter was inspired to kill by his far-right beliefs, right-wing grifters and media personalities are rallying around conspiracy theories to explain the massacre that took place at a mall in Allen, Texas, over the weekend. The shooting, which left eight dead ― including three children, ages 11, 8 and 3 ― was allegedly perpetrated by Mauricio Garcia, who was himself shot dead by police during the attack. Garcia reportedly maintained a social media presence rife with neo-Nazi, misogynist and other far-right beliefs.

All available evidence suggests the shooting was yet another in the seemingly endless wave of right-wing extremist shootings in recent years. But rather than confront that evidence head on, prominent right-wing voices ― most notably Elon Musk, the world’s second-richest man and owner of one of the largest social media platforms in the world ― have instead propped up an alternate reality about a government conspiracy. - HuffPost

Musk makes Twitter a Pay To Play Propaganda platform

Republican tricks to con the public

"Trump knows how to use language very effectively. And not only that, he has strategic tweets. His tweets fall into four categories. One, they can preemptively frame something, frame something before it's framed out there in the public. Secondly, it can divert attention away from something that's threatening to him. It can shift the blame, either to some other person or to the news media itself. And it can be a trial balloon, something really outrageous to see what the reaction is, and if there's no real reaction, he can do what he wants.

... distorting, lying, and trying to reframe things in an utterly false way, what the journalists are doing is helping them. They're helping to get 'em out there. And not only that -- if they deny it, if they go out and quote his words and then say, "This isn't true," what they've done is quoting his words. It's like when Nixon said, "I am not a crook," and everyone thought of him as a crook. The point is that denying a frame activates the frame." - George Lakoff on CNN

McConnell and Republicans block gun safety reform

Resources

6 Logical Fallacies to Look out for in the Gun Debate - Fee
Disarming Disinformation: Our Shared Responsibility - U.S. State Department
Think Critically & Make Better Decisions - Fallacy In Logic
Strawman Arguments: What They Are and How to Counter Them - Effectivology
After Texas mass shooting, conservatives refuse to believe shooter held far-right views - Daily Dot

TakeAway: Learn the Republican disinfo playbook so you can recognize and call out the tricks they use to deny America's Gun Epidemic that they've created.

Deepak
DemLabs

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