The fact that there’s a profound racial undercurrent to gun culture in America shouldn’t surprise anyone. Gun culture, after all, is a sub-section of White culture — a culture that, in addition to promoting teenage pregnancy through poor sex education practices and violence in popular entertainment, promotes racism and other forms of bigotry as well.
The New York Daily News, for instance, published the results of a study linking bigotry with firearm ownership, carried out by Britian’s Manchester University and Australia’s Monash University:
Since judging someone as racist can be subjective, the study ranked racism based on how participants answered a series of questions.
One question asked, “How well does the word ‘violent’ describe most blacks?” and participants were given five responses to choose from, ranging from “extremely well” to “not at all well.”
An “extremely well” response was seen as an endorsement of a stereotype.
For those with increased scores in symbolic racism, the odds also grew that they owned a gun and supported concealed carry laws.
But what’s this mean for the gun owner who took a swan dive off a slippery slope to “gun nut?” Is there anything that we can do to prove that there’s underpinnings of racism to them?
Actually, there is. And all it requires is two pictures and a question.
The question, of course, is “what do you think of this?”
So, just what does the gun nut in your life think of this picture?
These young men are somber and serious; they’re posing for the picture. Thugs, perhaps? Or hoodlums?
How about this one?
“Oh, but they’re different! They’re smiling! They’re not being threatening at all!”
I don’t know about you, but if I see a person with a gun who’s smiling, I’m going to run in the opposite direction. I’m going to run if I see you with a gun period, but I’ll run that much faster if I see you smiling.
h/t Reverb Press