WASHINGTON, DC: Hoping to make its influence felt in key swing states, Handgun Control is aiming its PR efforts squarely at suburban women voters.
WASHINGTON, DC: Hoping to make its influence felt in key swing
states, Handgun Control is aiming its PR efforts squarely at suburban
Handgun Control, a prominent anti-gun group, is hoping to change the
perception that Americans have of George W. Bush and his stance on gun
control. Its leaders believe the post-Columbine ricochet can only
bolster its efforts.
’Americans will be learning that George Bush and his so-called
’compassionate conservatism’ is the best friend that the gun lobby ever
had,’ said Handgun Control communications director Naomi Paiss.
During his stint as Texas governor, Bush favored laws permitting
citizens to carry concealed weapons. He later supported allowing
concealed weapons in churches, hospitals and amusement parks.
Polling conducted for Handgun Control by the Democratic research firm of
Garin-Hart-Yang in six battleground states shows that the issue could
well prove decisive in the upcoming election.
’We finally realized what we should have known all along: most Americans
don’t know how bad our handgun laws really are,’ Paiss said, admitting
that a media-relations push was long overdue. ’We’ve had good
relationships with the traditional women’s magazines, but we need to
expand that and work with the new media.’
Despite Handgun Control’s best efforts, National Rifle Association
lobbyist Jim Baker thinks the pro-gun vote will still carry the day.
’Recent polls did not put into context the relative importance of the
gun issue, as opposed to issues such as education,’ he said.