The 2nd amendment reads, ” A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” It is considered by scholars to be part of a group of statements termed the “militia clauses” because the need for, organization and uses of militias are described in various places in the constitution. In revolutionary times militias were the principle means of organizing a military defense on any scale from local to national. There was no army for the nation. Militias were created and managed by states. As a means of local, regional and national defense militias were an important part of government. Beginning in the early part of the 20th century militias were replaced first by National Guard units. While still managed by individual states the federal government exerted ultimate control over them. A governor could call up the guard for emergencies and the president could call all of them up for a national emergency or war. The decade of the 1960’s was a bloody one. JFK and Martin Luther King were assassinated. The counter culture was evolving and great antipathy was arising toward the Viet Nam war. The first serious calls for gun control began. In response, beginning in the 1970’s, the arms industry in America began to research sentiment among gun owners. They conducted simple market and consumer research just as a soap or cereal company would do. They discovered that there was a strong sentiment of “individuality” among gun fans. This was primarily a regional blend of Southern anti government resentment, STILL lingering from the Civil War, and an almost childlike, fairytale attachment to the cowboy myth. Men, overtly defensive about their guns suffered from a type of rational and intellectual cognitive bias. They thought all the John Wayne, John Ford, Tom Mix, Roy Rodgers portrayals of American history were true. Like little girls who grow up believing in the Prince Charming myth, gun collectors believed in the Cowboy myth. Of course, any rational evaluation of these childish sentiments turns the argument into laughable mush but in America belief systems are manufactured by industry. Our entire economy is based on the freedom of advertisers to create myths and persuade consumers to associate themselves with them. “Good moms use Tide!”; Busy dads show their children love by sharing Frosted Flakes with them; College educated women still need magic enzymes in their guts that only Activa can provide. America is built upon marketing myths. It is the fuel that drives our economic engine. The weapons industry, through the NRA, has found a way to legitimize a disreputable fantasy and convert it into a patriotic, macho American myth for men. We have to change the story. We have to spread the word: guns are not patriotic, men solve problems with their minds not with guns; people who believe that guns solve problems have a treatable mental disorder and, finally, Americans don’t need guns at all. We are safe here. TAG: gun control article, gun control statistics, gun control article, 2nd amendment, gun control article, the right to bear arms, cowboy myth, gun control article, gun control, patriotism, gun control article. Second amendment, gun control article, freedoms, gun control article, constitution, gun control article.
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