Analyzing Big Government
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Americans fearful of Big Government taking away their "2nd Amendment rights"
You need guns to protect yourself against tyranny.
Belief and Behavior
The author wants to reinforce the belief of those who already know that governments are tyrannical.
S/he wants these people to continue voting for and contributing to those who promise to protect their "2nd amendment rights".
Red letters signal alarm. The Government Agent pointing his automatic weapon at an unarmed man trying to protect a clearly frightened child, vividly illustrates the apparent perils facing an unarmed populace.
The poster ignores most of the facts surrounding this particular situation - the Federal Government's need to enforce a court order to turn Elian Gonzalez (the child) over to his father after repeated attempts to negotiate the turnover were rejected by those holding the boy; the same people who had lost every legal challenge they'd filed in an effort to keep him. For example, there is no acknowledgement that the situation was resolved peacefully, and that Elian was photographed happily in his father's arms just a few hours later. Neither is there any consideration of what might have occurred had the man apparently attempting to protect Elian had a weapon. In fact, no one was injured or killed. Would that have been the case had the protector been armed? Probably not, unless he was unwilling to use his weapon; and in that case what would be the sense in having one?
Polls showed that information like that in this poster contributed to a conviction among the members of the Cuban community in South Florida to support George W. Bush over Al Gore in the presidential election that took place a few months after the events illustrated by this image. Given the closeness of the outcome of the presidential race in Florida, this type of propaganda was clearly one of the factors that led to Mr. Bush's narrow Electoral College victory, and subsequent ascension to the presidency.
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