Words Matter

Problem:

Hear gun-related words and phrases too often in conversation.

Solution:

Remove these casual references to guns/violence from our vocabulary
and make others aware of them.

Result:

Begin to stem the tide of gun violence, one word at a time.


Gun Term Alternative
A
Ammunition facts, evidence
armed with the facts well-informed
aim for hope to achieve
ask point blank ask directly
B
bite the bullet just do it
bullet points specifics, key points
bullet-proof invincible
C
caught in the crossfire caught in the middle
cheap shot unfair criticism
D
dodged a bullet avoided trouble
don’t shoot the messenger not responsible
E
even shot 50/50 chance
F
faster than a speeding bullet turbo speed
‘Fire Away!’ ‘Get started!’
firing blanks not succeeding
fire back responding quickly
G
going great guns succeeding beyond expectations
gun it floor it
gun shy reticent
gunning for someone planning to harm
H
half-cocked reckless
high caliber exceptional
hired gun paid specialist
hold a gun to my head threaten
hot shot show-off, braggart
I
in the crosshairs scrutinized
J
jumped the gun started too early
‘Just shoot me!’ ‘I give up!’
K
kill joy spoil sport
killer instinct ruthless
L
like shooting fish in a barrel too easy
lock, stock and barrel all inclusive
locked-and-loaded ready, prepared
M
magic bullet perfect solution
misfired erred
missed the mark imperfect, fell short
moving target hard to pin down
O
outgunned outmatched
on target accurate
P
point blank direct, preics, simple
point & shoot camera reference
pot shots jabs
pull the trigger get going
Q
quick on the trigger rash, hasty
R
rapid fire quickly
‘Ready, aim, fire!’ ‘Go!’
riding shot gun occupying the passenger seat
protecting a companion
rifle through files search
S
‘She/he is a pistol!’ ‘She/he has spunk!’
shoot first, ask later impetuous
shoot for try
shoot for the moon set high goals
shoot from the hip impulsive
shoot me an email send me an email
shoot off your mouth talk recklessly
shoot out confrontation
shoot the breeze chat, visit
shot down my idea rejected
shot in the dark wild guess
shot myself in the foot made a mistake
silver bullet perfect solution
smoking gun proof beyond doubt
‘Son of a gun!’ ‘Darn!’
stick to my guns uncompromising
straight shooter frank & honest
sweating bullets really worried
T
take aim focus
take a shot at give it a try
target market audience segment
top gun recognized expert
trigger a response elicit a response
trigger alerts heads up, warnings
trigger happy impulsive
trip your trigger make you happy
U
under fire being criticized
under the gun feeling time pressured
V  
   
W
whole shooting match in total
with guns blazing all-out effort
worth a shot worth trying
X
Y
‘You’re killing me!’ ‘You’re too much!’
Z