Manasquan, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)- Most everyone knows or has read or heard about Hitler and his Minister of Propaganda Josef Goebbels and the “Big Lie.”
I want to make clear that I’m not necessarily linking Hitler or his underlying ideology to today’s situation regarding the issue of gun control. However, I think there is ample evidence in what we see everyday to support that the theory of the “Big Lie” is certainly well practiced today.
For those that don’t know their history, the World War II Era Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was the precursor to what we know today as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the OSS had this to say about Hitler in their psychological profile of him:
“His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.”
To me this sounds like a verbatim example of the nonsense we hear spouted every day by various gun control groups and their political allies.
The basic reasons the concept of the “Big Lie” and its value as a propaganda tool are so effective is that they rely almost totally on taking advantage of most people’s inherent unwillingness to tell an obvious whopper. Most law abiding or “good hearted” people instinctively resist telling a “big lie” in their daily lives and therefore falsely assume that their peers, including elected officials behave the same way.
The natural instinct is to want to believe a civilized society is based on basic shared “social morays” and behaviors, which obviously include from our earliest child hood upbringing to tell the truth. I know this is “broad strokes” but most people, living their lives and behaving “honestly” and in a law abiding manner, seem to have a great difficulty imagining that some one could actually be deceitful on a grand scale, because the people themselves would instinctively resist such behavior in their own daily lives.
Applying the concept of the “Big Lie” and the definition of the Psychological aspects of it to the issue of gun control would seem to bring a sharper focus to bear on why it is that people seem so willing to swallow, hook, line and sinker what they are told; despite the fact that any logical, objective and common sense examination of the issue and its attendant arguments prove beyond question the lie itself is in fact real.
It would seem we truly do see only that which we choose to.
For me its very puzzling and interesting how it is that people in general, regardless of political affiliation or a host of other differences, are so willingly led to believe things that are so obviously untrue. It is almost impossible to comprehend how people actually allow themselves to be deceived on such a grand scale when there are such obvious clues that they are being lied to. People instinctively know when their children are lying to them just by the nature of a child’s implausible explanation when confronted. People automatically know when some one claims the Holocaust or the Moon landing never happened that the very statement is absurd on its face.
Yet that instinctive BS meter somehow develops a short circuit when applied to the issue of gun control and self defense.
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