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  •  If it's a culture war, they're going to lose (0+ / 0-)

    And I think they see the writing on the wall.  You can tell this for one easy reason: Their push for legislation that they hope will promote and revitalize their gun culture.  Legislators , and now even the NRA president wants everyone to be trained.  And who's gonna make that happen? The government.   The market, i.e., ordinary people making decisions, is condemning the gun culture to a slow death.  So the gun lobby is turning to governments in states to reverse that and preserve their market.

    This is a classic case of using government power to maintain and revitalize a culture, and you only do it when you see that it's dying out on its own.  I'll use the common example of language policy, which has been used in many cases to preserve and revitalize languages and ethnic cultures the world over.  (Québec's efforts with French being the example closest to home). In parentheses, I'll put the gun culture equivalent.

    For instance, if you want to maintain the use of a language, you pass laws legalizing and promoting its use in public (spread of concealed carry, enshrining gun values in state constitutions), mandate that public institutions to allow or even use it (forbidding schools and colleges from setting their own gun policies), require everyone to need to use it at some point (mandatory militia training proposed this week), and require its use in schools (mandatory "gun appreciation" classes offered by several state legislators).

    That last point is important, because the surest way to transmit culture is by raising children in it, so that it becomes normal to them and valued by them.  That's why gun manufacturers are turning to children's guns, as if these were ordinary toys, not grown-up tools that are damn good at what they're designed to do: KILL.  Most sane people are aware of that, and don't buy guns for their kids.  Hell, even hunter-gatherer cultures, where hunting is actually a necessity, don't take their kids along.   When it's a "hobby" or a "tradition", and not something you actually need to survive, involving kids is simply ridiculous, and most of us are aware of that.  Besides, as fewer and fewer children do things like hunt (which requires going outside), efforts must be made by governments, often by coercion and compulsion if you want to stem the tide.  

    So, that's how we know we're winning.  They're doing all this government effort because they have to, whereas they didn't have to before.  And these efforts will not be successful, because of the nature of the culture.  I mean, when the Québeckers got French-language and culture laws passed, it annoyed a lot of English-speaking Canadians, but the culture it preserved does not lead to (the equivalent of) 30,000 dead and 70,000 wounded citizens every year.  

    It's easy for people in the gun culture to not see how many Americans are truly disgusted by the notion of actually getting a thrill out of guns, as opposed to just using them as tools to get certain jobs done.  That number grows, and as the gun culture's spokespeople get crazier in public, the number will grow further.  And that will be very bad news for the gun culture in America.

    Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

    by nominalize on Sun May 05, 2013 at 12:10:00 PM PDT

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