PULL THE TRIGGER: OUR FASCINATION WITH GUNS

 

Person Holding Black Revolver in Bokeh Photography

“Aim-Fire!”


cock and unload

I am from the state of Wisconsin, and coming from the Midwest you are used to people owning guns. Now that I live in New York City, people think that it is odd to own a gun in this city. The only people you hear about that own guns outside the police are criminals. So what is it, what is the need to own guns. Because yes, we have a right to bare arms, but sometimes we take it to the extreme in the United States. There are people who own guns that foreign countries don’t have in their military arsenal. And we all say the same thing which is, “It’s my right.” But this goes far beyond rights to own a gun. Because consider myself someone who believes in your right to own a gun or guns. And I even like the well-known M16 assault rifle as well as the Desert Eagle hand gun. But where does all this come from in America?

1789

When the 2nd amendment was drafted it was written because the United States had just won the war against the British. So it made sense to have a well orchestrated during that time period. But when you look at the times of today, this is considered outdated, but we still have a right to bare arms. A lot of it has to do with protecting your household. But we also haver to look at the document for the time period. The men of the past who drafted up these documents could have never seen citizens owning the type of weaponry that kills its own citizens. The purpose was to fight outside forces not our own citizens. So that is the problem with using the argument of the fore fathers of America and their intent.

playing off of fears

When you live in a major metropolitan city, you should be a lot more cautious about where you live. But the reality for most Americans is that they don’t need the weapons they do where they reside. But most Americans live in rural areas with very little crime, but a high gun ownership. They own guns off the idea of what could happen in this country from a force that they most likely will never come in contact with. So this country plays off of fears because the typical gun owners are not connected into a diverse environment that allows them to see reality from fiction. And yes, there are bad things that happen everywhere, but to a large degree people are more scared than they need to be.


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CAN’T SAY THIS CAN’T SAY THAT: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE STATE OF LANGUAGE

 

Three Wise Monkey Decor

“Primates out of tune.”


policing each other

We are in a very weird time in American history. People have this issue with so many people expressing themselves in language. But the same people angry over language don’t want you to tell them how to talk. So we have become this society where we are triggered by everything. Which is some of the same things we follow in regards to the people we like. And who would have thought we would be here in a nation where we have the first amendment. But the first amendment protects you from the government restricting your language. It has nothing to do with the masses. Because we never thought the people would be so much of the problem.

rules of engagement

When you are using certain language, the question remains, “Who is allowed to make what statements?” We say who can say what and when which is beyond me considering you cannot legislate language. Because what are the guidelines for using the language. It’s like when I say the word nigga as a Black male, but then say you can’t say it. Then we get into the debate about why. And the answer boils down to I am Black. But listening to the logic, it almost means don’t call me a nigga, I can say it cause I’m one. Which would ultimately mean there should be no barring on the word because it really is an acknowledgement of who I am. And that is where language gets crazy because there is no real rhyme or reason.

we’re all triggered by something

In our lives, there is something that makes us all tick. No matter the word or how it’s said. So the idea that there is a restriction on language is beyond me. Because living in a society that is that ambiguous should mean there are no restrictions. See everything is in context. You have people who say the context doesn’t matter. But if context doesn’t matter, you being able to say something no one else says is context. So saying something has no context gives credit to you not even being able to say what you want. Because you saying what you want is context to say it and no one else.


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