Everyone talks about the growing gun culture….
This is a subject that I have thought about for a long time, and the more and more I think about it, the more obvious the pattern is.
I have noticed a pattern in all my neighbors. The ones that raised their children with the guns locked up in safes (or restricted access to them in
general) usually had children that grew up to be more obsessed, or scared of guns in general. Children that grew up in a house where a gun always
rested in the corner of the living room, or by the door, usually grew up to look at guns with indifference. They was just a tool to them, nothing
more, nothing less. They held no special meaning.
If you look at the psychology of it, it makes sense. Children are taught that you lock up things of high value, or high importance. Locking up your
guns ingrains into your child’s mind that the gun is something special. Something separated from all the other things out in the world that can
cause you harm in this world if you miss use it. it ingrain into them that the person that controls them has dominance. The one that owns the most has
the most dominance!
Keeping them locked up, adds a “suspense” about them when they are removed from the safe. Whether that is an obsession with, or fear of the gun
depends on the child’s experiences up to that point. It is almost as if the act of trying to protect our children from our guns, and trying to
protect our guns from theft guaranties that the next generation will grow up either obsessed with or scared to death of the things.
One of the worst things in my mind is making a big deal about getting them their own gun when they turn a specified age. That heavily ingrains into
their head that the gun is something sacred and special. Something that should be cherished. Something that you only get to possess when you come of
age. Instead of being treated like any other tool.
People that grow up in a house with no guns at all, generally have an inflated opinion of the power guns bring and the value of them that is caused by
their imaginations running wild with nothing to ground them in reality except for what you see on TV. People that have access to them know they are
just pipes with a little bit of extra hardware. Nothing unique about it. Nothing to ohh and aww……. over
Another thing I have noticed that kind of supports that idea. All of the child shooting incidents I have ever heard of involve a child that has had
heavily restricted access (or no access at all) to a gun up until the day he finds his parent’s pistol in the sock drawer.
The factors that leads up to that disaster are……..
He has never seen a real one, and doesn’t know that there is a real one in the house.
When he finds one, he doesn’t know that it’s real, and possible thinks it is just like all his other toy guns.
He will be intensely curious about it because it’s something he has never seen before.
He will want to show all his friends because he knows all his friends have never seen one.
Thus, curiosity will lead to tragedy.
If he grows up in a house with a shotgun by the back door. He will know exactly what it is. He will know it’s not a toy that you play with. He will
have zero curiosity about the thing because it’s something that he has seen all his freaking life. And last but not least. He knows that you should
not mess with it unless you need to kill something.
My own experience.
I grew up in a house where the guns were kept out in the open. If they were in a closet, everyone knew where they were at. I had as much interest in
them as my dad’s carpenter’s hammer. If you need to drive a nail, get the hammer. If you need to shoot something, get the gun!
The first time I ask my dad any direct question about a gun was the old 410 single shot in the corner. He told me when he got it, and showed me how it
worked. My hands were barely strong enough to operate the barrel break lever. My curiosity was satisfied and I never worried about it again except
when I needed it. I could see it every time I walked out the door. Never occurred to me that it was an evil instrument that should be kept behind lead
I had toy guns, but I knew the difference between a toy gun, and a real gun, because I have always known what a real gun was. If I ever ran across a
real gun out in the rest of the world I would have recognized that it was a real gun and known that it wasn’t something to play with. The lack of
that knowledge has caused the death of a lot of children.
Now that I am older…
I don’t see what fun people get out of shooting the things at targets all day. I don’t see the fun in wasting perfectly good ammo! I don’t see
how people get enjoyment out of owning large stockpiles of weapons. I own guns, but I don’t buy guns because I love guns. If I buy a gun, I buy it
because I need it.
I don’t see why the gun control people obsess about guns when the mass murderer could have used any number of weapons if he didn’t have access to
a gun. I don’t see why they want people to keep them locked away like they are some deadly contagion. I don’t see how gun control people think
bans or laws will work in the first place. Guns are simple devices that can be readily made in the modern age. You will not make them disappear.
The only answer to the variation in views I can think of is….. It is how the children were raised around weapons that cause the obsessive attitudes
toward such things.
If the parent tells the child they are something special, or acts like they are special, then it ingrains into the child that they should be cherished
or reviled, depending on how they were raised.
So it could be said that gun control is what caused the gun culture.
The fact that a group of people think something needs to be controlled makes people fascinated about said item they want to control.
It’s like light bulbs. The huge amount of controversy and distaste that has been created by a law to ban something.
edit on 26-8-2011 by Mr Tranny because: (no reason given)