Grassroots Feature: Meet S.C.O.P.E.

Remember when you felt like you could make a difference in the world?

As we get older, the pure idealism of our youth gradually fades, leaving so many people cynical, quietly resigned to their fate. Millions of Americans feel powerless as they watch their freedoms gradually erode. It’s as if our future is in somebody else’s hands, and no matter how loudly we yell, nobody in power seems to hear us.

The truth is this:

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You Can’t Measure That

The internet is full of shady statistics.

Even accurate statistics are used to tell half truths or lead you to false conclusions. You already know this, of course. Nobody needs to remind you that numbers are easy to manipulate.

For example, that stat that’s been floating around claiming that there have been more “mass shootings” than days of this year might be technically factual, if you’re willing to include in that figure all incidents of gang violence, defensive firearm uses, inner city scuffles that resulted in minor injuries at best, and events that were alluded to in news outlets but may not have actually occurred.

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5 Ways To Make Activism Work

The Modern Activist

For most people today, political activism amounts to little more than expressing their opinion publicly.

Debate and discussion are certainly ┬ápart of the core of this nation’s political system, and we have the utmost respect for anyone willing to speak up and let their voice be heard on a larger scale. It takes courage to express your beliefs and let people challenge you, and maturity to listen to opposing viewpoints and weigh in with reason and thought.

Activism, though, requires a little bit more.

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A World Without Guns

Every time there’s a call for more gun control, or for outright firearm banishment, it’s based on the idea that if there are less guns in circulation, there will be less violence. Proponents of this plan frequently imagine a world with no guns as a safe place where humans have evolved past the need for mindless violence, where nobody has to lock their doors or worry about much more than the most minor of offenses.

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New Common Sense Regulations Announced after Deadly Accident

Not One More Death

In response to an overwhelming public outcry for safer roads and common sense reform after the tragic death of a promising young teenager in a drag racing incident, Congress has reacted by introducing a bill that, if passed, will implement a series of common-sense regulations designed to keep streets safe for our children.

What is it?

This initiative has been dubbed the “Vehicle Safety Act” and aims to make sure that tragedies like the one this weekend never happen again.

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mothers and daughters shooting together with fully automatic mac-10 and suppressor AKA silencer

Let’s talk “assault” weapons – do you know the truth?

Ask the average person what an assault rifle is and you’ll get a lot of interesting answers. Is it a tactical weapon designed for military use? A hunting rifle with special attachments to make it more deadly? Does it have to be a specific caliber or made by a certain manufacturer to qualify? In all honesty, the actual definition of “assault rifle” doesn’t have anything to do with its intended use, caliber, bullet velocity, manufacture, or size…but has everything to do with fear and ignorance.

One of the manipulation tactics often employed by politicians to influence the masses is the control of language. Instead of “Anti-Privacy Act” you get “Patriot Act” because it sounds better…you’re patriotic, aren’t you? The same goes for “Affordable Healthcare Act” and “Terrorist.” The emotional connotation attached to the wording does more to sway public opinion than the actual meaning behind it. They’re banking on you NOT knowing the facts, so you’ll buy whatever they’re selling.

So what are politicians selling when they call a gun an “assault” rifle?

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