Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gun Control vs Gun Culture part2

Look there's something that directly relates to what I was talking about.  I am not going to go to much into.  I think that even while the information is already public that publishing the names and addresses went a bit to far the reactions of the certain posters in particular, "Jeffersonian, a commenter at Sauce for the Goose, wrote “Nice house. Wooded lot, too. Lots of places to hide.” Syuck in NY. . . . For Now added “Lol. That was the 1st thing I thought of when viewing those pics of her palace!”"  Yeah reactions like that make me think that gun control is silly and that everyone should have one.  In fact those two people should have extra guns because they are clearly responciple adults. 

So now that I am no longer coming from left field I wish to address the issue of why deal with the stereotype instead of breaking the stereotype down and revealing the facts or something like that.  We have it drilled into our heads from an early age stereotyping is bad and that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover and blah blah blah but just how helpful is that?

It isn't very.  I am not saying that we should stereotype but rather once we do so we shouldn't take it as the gospel truth and fail to assimelate any new information about the individual.  It is like judging someone by your first impression of them for the rest of their lives instead of allowing for the fact that your first impression might of been hasty and you didn't have all the facts. 

Stereotypes exsist for a reason.  They are an approximation of an aggrate of data that is assimlated from a variety of sources ranging from various media, to interpersonal interaction.  For those of you with a theory fetish a stereotype is an excellent example of a rhizome.  If you don't get that right away don't worry about it.  1000 Plateaus gives me fits.  It is also, no matter how much we may not like it, the first way we encounter any sort of information about a sub culture:

"Oh so you play wow?"
"Oh so you play D&D"
"Go sit in the rain and listen to Morrisie"
"Frats are about paying for friends"
"Jocks are all dumb"
Everything most people think about gay people.
Black people like rap.

The list goes on.  The problem is that when all we know is the stereotype then all that's all we can base our assumptions on.  When we go back to guns and gun control we have an overwhelimgly negative view of both guns and there isn't a whole lot going on to change that view.  In fact it is almost like the NRA is doing everything in its power to make things worse.  Hell the NRA has the worst public relations I've ever seen.  What the hell is wrong with them?  We change the stereotype we change the conversation and it isn't as hard as everyone makes it out to be.  It is hard but if both sides makes an effort then it can work.  However, the gun owners have to go first.  They are the ones with the guns after all.

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