Later now Another mass shooting, Americans have once again sparked fierce debate about guns, gun safety, and gun control. As teenage survivors from Parkland, Florida, the massacre continues to prove itself to be a powerful social and political force, with many commentators warning that the National Rifle Association and gun rights advocates will be difficult to pick up because they are special There are enticing varieties of single problem workers.
In fact, the NRA’s ability to dominate the guns surrounding political negotiations shows an unconvincingly high enthusiasm for its issue among its members. In his Recent piece in Washington Post, Edward Bermilla suggests that this reflects the fact that, for gun-rights advocates, “gun ownership is central to how they view themselves and define their citizenship.” Others have similarly suggested that guns serve as a symbol of identity for gun owners and gun control, therefore representing an attack not only on objects they possess, but of their being – special Explicitly assertive, his thoughts are implicit and immovable.
While this may be true for a portion of the gun owner population, research indicates that gun owners are not defined by their guns and people of color and are potentially dominated as a result.
While the emergence of the “gun identity” archetype is intriguing, it is worth distinguishing the range of motivations expressed by American gun owners. for example, Pew Research Center Only 25 percent of gun owners state that owning a gun is very important to their overall identity, while 75 percent indicate that owning a gun is not only somewhat or at all important to their overall identity. Furthermore, political leaning only partially explains the gun identity gap, with only 31 percent of Republicans and 12 percent of Democratic gun owners strongly linking gun ownership with personal identification.
These findings do not indicate that the argument of “gun identification” is without merit. According to a study published in 2017 by sociologists F. Carson Menken and Paul Frassey social problems, Economically unstable white men are particularly likely to see guns as their basic source of power and identity because guns make them feel confident, respected, and more fortunate, patriotic and more valuable to their community . In this sense, guns are a symbol of empowerment that restores their sense of control stripped away from their economic crisis. Given their inability to provide (a traditionally masculine expectation), they are particularly fixated on their ability to protect, which is unbreakable for their guns. As a result, not only do guns restore their normal sense of masculinity, they help cultivate a masculine “hero fantasy”.
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The authors argue that firearms empowerment “reinstates the guns morally and emotionally” for this particular group of men. As a result of the symbolic importance of guns to their identity, any attempt to regulate guns represents a regulation of their masculinity and is regarded as an attack on their sense of self, worth and worth.
Given this connection between guns and identity, the gun control debate comes to represent the distortion of identity politics, where economically disadvantaged white men politically mobilize exclusively around an identity, they believe Is that they are at risk. Essentially, this particular section of gun owners fight for gun rights, as their value depends on it and therefore is effectively immovable in their position. Although they can be very loud, white men do not represent the majority of gun owners in economic crisis.
Mencken and Froese’s study also found that most female gun owners saw guns as tools of self-defense and were less likely to identify their guns. Similarly, non-white male gun owners, including those who are financially unstable, do not value guns as much as their white male counterparts. While an explanation for the weak effect of guns on identity for men financially distressed by color was not explicitly addressed by the study, the authors suggest that long-standing economic concerns in poor communities of color differ Copulation prompts Tantra.
Exploring the “gun identity” dimension of the Gun-Pro movement, a segment of gun owners will remain highly vocal and immovable in their positions, it is equally notable that a significant mass of gun owners are not deeply identified with guns. Does, seeing them only as tools of hunting, sport, or defense. Guns do not define them or their own value. It is these gun owners who are potentially inspiring. Couple with Continued decline in support for President Donald Trump among non-college educated white women, And gun owners women and people of color may represent an untapped resource of political allies that could usher in a new era of gun reform demanding gun safety advocates.