Posts Tagged ‘orwellian’

Well Sure, Malia Cohen and the Supes Just “Banned” Assault Weapons in SF, But They Also Banned Run-of-the-Mill Handguns

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The news of the day:

Banning assault rifles only scratches the surface.”

Fair enough, except:

1. There are reasons why federal, state, and local authorities haven’t already done the same thing.

Which is also fair enough, as I’m sure Malia Cohen et al are aware of all that. Except:

2. A handgun connected to a 10-round magazine isn’t an assault rifle (of course) and it’s not even an “assault weapon.”

And here’s a test. Would you, gentle reader, call the guns that most of the SFPD strap on every day assault weapons? I don’t think so. So like for instance, “the sergeant drew her assault weapon and pointed it at the suspect.” If you said something like that, I wouldn’t know what you were talking about. Most likely, you’d use the term pistol or handgun or revolver or something like that, right?

So that’s why calling an everyday, run-of-the-mill handgun an “assault weapon”   isn’t the right thing to do.

You’ve gone beyond George Lakoff-style “framing” all the way to Orwellian.

Just saying.

I Love Big Brother: Check Out This Orwellian Video from BART on the YouTube – What’s BARTtv?

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Here it is, direct from BART:

BART Customers React to Protest Plans

Highlights:

“There are a multitude of groups … flying in from all over the country. They want to do surprise attacks, basically, on BART riders.”

“…but for outsiders to come in…”

“And if that happens, would you be mad at BART or the protesters?”

“At the San Francisco Embarcadero Station, Mark Jones* reporting, for BARTtv.”

(Boy, this one is more maudlin than a CW Nevius column.)

So really, BART,  there were all these people flying in from all over the country to do a protest at the Civic Center station last Thursday?

Really?

*Formerly (currently?) an AFTRA Shop Steward and transportation reporter for KRON4 TV.