My google alerts pop up the most awesome things some times, like this letter to the editor of a local paper somewhere in “The South”. It’s so funny that I’m going to copy/paste/fisk the whole thing.
I moved here about four months ago from Long Island, N.Y. As my mom and I drove around Hendersonville, we quickly noticed that very near to East Henderson High School is a gun shop.
Uh…so what? Would you be opposed if a chainsaw store was near a highschool? Oh wait…you’re from New York. Say no more, as your cultural hoplophobia is well documented. I do enjoy how your second paragraph begins with the statement “I moved here from New York”, the unspoken part of that being “and that makes me better than you southern hilljacks”.
At first we were shocked, and then we realized it isn’t too big of a deal down here in the South. However, I feel that having a gun store so closely located to the high school sends out a bad message.
How does that send a bad message? That’s not even logical. What does having a gun shop next to a high school say that becomes a “bad message”?
Not only is it showing a typical stereotype of the South, but it sends out a message of violence to teenage kids. It makes it appear as though guns are easily accessible along with making it appear to the teenagers that violence can be the answer to their problems.
That is the stupidest thing I have ever read.* A gun shop doesn’t send a message of violence any more than having a cutlery shop sends a “message of stabbing”. A gun shop (which is a pretty ambiguous term, actually) only sends a message of violence if your personal bias causes you to believe that guns are inherently violent. Of course, if you believe that, you’re an idiot.
I understand that it’s unreasonable to have the gun store go out of business, but I feel it would be appropriate for them to relocate.
Why should they have to move because you can’t get over your prejudices about inanimate objects? That’s unreasonable.
The author is right when he says that guns are common in South. But where he loses his credibility is when he assumes that the commonality of guns is somehow a negative stereotype, or a bad thing. I guess it’s just New York hoplophobia.