To say that people in politics tell lies is akin to claiming nuclear warfare is untidy. From the churning bowels of the gun control industry come the largest variety and most potent prevarication ever produced. Shooting The Bull is modern propaganda analysis that educates readers on how to spot political lies in real-time, establishes a catalog of canards for reference, and shows as case study how the gun control industry has flimflammed folks like you.
“Shooting the Bull confirms what the Second Amendment community has known for decades — that the other side doesn’t deal straight. Now every conservative, libertarian, liberal and politically aware independent will see how the masters of American propaganda work.”
— Alan Gottlieb, founder, Second Amendment Foundation
“It is little wonder that Guy is a card-carrying Libertarian given his beliefs in freedom, choice and power to the citizens. We Libertarians tend to be straight shooters. Guy goes after the other type of politico — those who congenitally lie to enact their agendas. Shooting the Bull rips the lid off their magic act. Anyone who reads this book will see how they have been hoodwinked in the past, and will recognize the deceit and deception in the future. This book puts the power back in the citizens’ hands … and that is a good start.”
— Wayne Allyn Root, the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee, author of The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts
People mainly lie about sex and politics. The main difference is when someone lies to you about sex, you get laid and when they lie to you about politics, you get screwed.
I’ll stipulate that political lying is not a new phenomenon, but one would hope that after a couple thousand years of the stuff, propagandists would have gotten better at it. Yet in our modern era, politicians and other suspects trot out weak fib after feeble falsehood in order to sway you into voting against your self-interest.
What is missing from modern propaganda analysis is a catalog, a lingua franca of fraud. This is the primary purpose behind the book Shooting The Bull and the companion website ShootingTheBull.net – to provide a common language and education for identifying and branding agitprop in real-time. By using case study of modern political issues, readers learn how they have been hoodwinked. Early reviewers have come away stuttering, suddenly aware not only of the fact that they have been deceived, but how throughly and for how long.
Review readers hate me.
It matters not if you are liberal, conservative or the chosen (libertarians) – Shooting The Bull is your tool for keeping politicians as honest as possible (which may be a lost cause for my congress critter, who apparently is beyond rehab).
“Smith dismembers most of the leading anti-gunners you have ever encountered in language that pulls no punches.
“Not one of the leading anti-gunners escapes Smith’s careful examination as he refutes the lies and the methodology of propaganda … He doesn’t just give you the answers to their lies, but examines, as few have done before, the rationale behind the lies … He explains how and why they use these different strategies of the professional propagandists to press for their civilian disarmament agenda.”
Gun Week, July 15th, 2011
NRA News interview at the book’s release.
Herein are snippets taken from online reader reviews. There opinions are unsolicited and ripped from public sources.
Shooting The Bull reader reviews via Amazon.com:
“In Shooting the Bull, he punctures myth and myth promoter with equal facility, and with humor. Stand back when you read this so you don’t inhale dangerous amounts of hot, fetid air when Guy Smith tells the truth about the gun control programs that Michael Moore, Diane Feinstein, Michael Bloomberg, BHO, and others promote and the real motives behind these and other hucksters of the left.”
“Whether you like guns or you like gun control, Shooting the Bull will entertain, educate, and otherwise benefit you when you read it! By the way, you should have a lot of fun reading it.”
“In the aptly-named Shooting the Bull, he has woven his extensive research into a fun-to-read, highly informative exposé of how the public is fooled by those we blindly trust to keep us informed. The subject of gun control is at the heart of Guy’s case study, but it’s evident there are many other ways we are being misled – whenever there are people in positions of power or influence that smugly believe they are know better than ‘the masses’ (us).”
“I’m not through with the book yet, but the excerpt above gives a sense of Guy’s writing style – using colorful metaphors and highly descriptive vocabulary, liberally infused with (Ann) Coulterish satire and wit. Whether you’re pro-gun, anti-gun, or neutral, this book manages to be eye-opening, entertaining, and maddening all at the same time.”
“I love the tightly packed facts and the humorous perspective Guy presents when he writes.”
“This is quite simply a fantastically interesting and entertaining read. Smith covers the machinations of the gun control lobby over the past few decades both in the US and abroad, highlighting the particular roles certain individuals have played in revealing detail. He explains both their modus operandi in deceiving the public and how their arguments fall short tested against reality. Smith’s writing style is excellent, straight to the point but wonderfully hilarious; no punches are pulled nor do the guilty get away without a grilling.”
“It has the potential to be a tool by which well intentioned people on both sides of the issue might come together to bring some sense to this contentious issue.”
Reader reviews at GoodReads:
“I do see what his point is, and it is a valid one: propaganda works. Whether it is for or against guns, propaganda rules the airwaves.
“In making his point, the author does a good job finding the misinformation and matching it up with the statistics that were available to the person making the claims. He also uses definitions of different types of lies to better illustrate his points. The book does go into attack mode at some points, but overall it’s an interesting read.
“While this book may focus on the single issue of gun control in the United States, it does speak to some bigger truths as well, one in particular: politicians lie. Politicians from every side will use facts to their advantage, whether they need to misconstrue the situation or not. This is how the political game is played and has been played for years. People interested in the politics of gun control laws will want to check this book out.”
“Smith rips gun control advocates’ assertions to shreds, piece by piece, lie by lie. He exposes the half-truths and outright fibs generated by The Brady Campaign, The Violence Policy Center, pro-gun pols and other gun grabbers. And he does so with messianic zeal, cataloguing the duplicitous assaults on gun rights under lie ‘types’.
“This is precisely the kind of information all Americans need, along with an understanding of why we have the Second Amendment in the first place. A book that tells the truth about gun rights and gun control should be required reading in grade school—if I believed in forcing teachers to teach according to a rigid reading plan.
“Shooting the Bull is so not that book. Aside from the occasional foray into plain Jane factuality (as above), the text is laced with vitriol and invective. Remember Don Rickles? Like that. Both barrels. Right from the git-go.”
“This is quite simply a fantastically interesting and entertaining read. Smith covers the machinations of the gun control lobby over the past few decades both in the US and abroad, highlighting the particular roles certain individuals have played – including our own Rebecca “Julius Caeser Haircut” Peters – in revealing detail. He explains both their modus operandi in deceiving the public and how their arguments fall short tested against reality. Smith’s writing style is excellent, straight to the point but wonderfully hilarious; no punches are pulled nor do the guilty get away without a grilling.
“Even for someone well versed in the joys of the gun debate, it is an eye opening read and highly recommended to anyone with an interest in either their sport or their rights as a free human being. It is of course mostly based on the US situation and sadly is no magic bullet for solving our own situation here in Australia, but in terms of understanding how the lobby works and how their shortcomings might be used to our advantage to get back what has been taken away from us, it is well worth the price of admission.”
|Title:||Shooting the Bull|
|Subtitle:||A field guide to identifying political lies in real-time|
|Imprint:||Free Thinkers Media|
|Release date:||May 1, 2011|
|Price:||$19.95 print, $9.95 electronic (Kindle and ePub)|
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