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    How Gun Stigmatization Rears Its Head

    How Gun Stigmatization Rears Its Head

    Posted at 8:00 pm on January 9, 2019 by Tom Knighton



    Monster trucks and guns may not look like they have a lot in common, but they do. Besides the fact that many who enjoy monster trucks also enjoy shooting, that is.

    You see, when I talk about the stigmatization of gun ownership, I’m talking about deep cultural issues that manifest themselves in very different ways. One way is when guns, even the images of them, are quietly pushed aside, like what’s happening with monster trucks.
    When Monster Jam roars into Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, something will be missing from the enormous trucks— all images of guns.

    There are still trucks with menacing names like Grave Digger and Maximum Destruction. But Slinger, formerly Gunslinger, was quietly redesigned in 2017 to turn the gun images on the truck to slingshots.

    The gun turret from Soldier Fortune was removed that year. And the Metal Mulisha monster truck was redesigned to remove the image of a gun.

    Ellenton-based Feld Entertainment is the producer of Monster Jam, Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live and a host of other live family-oriented shows. It saw its share of protestors and controversy when it operated the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In an attempt to assuage animal rights protestors, Feld took elephants out of the circus in 2016. But attendance plunged, and the circus closed for good in 2017.

    Feld declined to make executives available for an interview this week. Stephen Yaros, Feld’s senior vice president for global public relations, released a written statement.

    “Monster Jam is a family-friendly brand with an international presence, and we are always innovating and evolving the intellectual property associated with our Monster Jam trucks,” Yaros said. “We represent over 50 different Monster Jam trucks and have a truck and design that is relatable to our wide range of fans and their interests.”

    It’s a risk for companies like Feld to potentially alienate its fan base, said Maurice Schweitzer, a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. That’s why they were smart to make the change quietly, he said.
    Except, they’re talking about it now.

    Look, if the owners of these trucks decided to change the imagery for whatever reason, so be it. But Feld Entertainment’s involvement in that process represents yet another company making a political stance on the issue of guns.

    Unlike Dick’s and Levi’s, this isn’t about a perception of making our communities safer. I disagree with what they’re doing and will fight them to my dying breath, but at least the argument could be made that they’re just doing what they think is right.

    But Feld isn’t doing anything that will impact public safety.

    Instead, they’re trying to make a subtle shift in our overriding culture. By removing the imagery of firearms, they’re trying to push them out of the public consciousness in any way not associated with crime and criminal activity. In a way, this is even more nefarious than clothing companies using a percentage of their profits to fund gun control.

    At least gun control measures are a straight up fight, one we can win.

    The idea of removing guns from the public’s minds except as instruments of evil is much, much more difficult.

    This is the stigmatization of gun ownership on a different front, make no mistake. Around the Web

    Pat ------> NRA Endowment Member

    #2
    At work, I've notice more people saying "item points" or "discussion points" or "issue points" or whatever instead of "bullet points".

    Could just be coincidence. Or could be.....
    I am not armed out of fear of who's in front of me.
    I am armed out of love of those behind me.

    Anyone who says money doesn't matter to them is either a FOOL or a LIAR or BOTH!

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      #3
      Anyone one else wanna protest at Disney on Ice when it comes to the Coliseum? If that is all it takes to force change I say let’s get to making signs.

      FWIW, I have no clue what I’d complain about but that doesn’t much seem to matter. How about banning the ice? People slip and die. People freeze to death. Hell, NYCHA has no heat in 100+ buildings, Ice is offensive to all the freezing FSA’ers. Boo Ice. Boo Disney. Boo Nassau Coliseum

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        #4
        This is why everybody should have one of the big ass revolver mail boxes in front of the house.
        Last edited by bigbore44; 01-10-2019, 10:27 PM.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Paté View Post
          How Gun Stigmatization Rears Its Head

          Instead, they’re trying to make a subtle shift in our overriding culture. By removing the imagery of firearms, they’re trying to push them out of the public consciousness in any way not associated with crime and criminal activity. In a way, this is even more nefarious than clothing companies using a percentage of their profits to fund gun control.
          This!

          I am not armed out of fear of who's in front of me.
          I am armed out of love of those behind me.

          Anyone who says money doesn't matter to them is either a FOOL or a LIAR or BOTH!

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            #6
            Originally posted by Huntington Guy View Post
            Anyone one else wanna protest at Disney on Ice when it comes to the Coliseum? If that is all it takes to force change I say let’s get to making signs.

            FWIW, I have no clue what I’d complain about but that doesn’t much seem to matter. How about banning the ice? People slip and die. People freeze to death. Hell, NYCHA has no heat in 100+ buildings, Ice is offensive to all the freezing FSA’ers. Boo Ice. Boo Disney. Boo Nassau Coliseum
            But the ice arena should be a protected environment. It's home to thousands of rink rats right here on Long Island. Serrated toe figure skate blades put the rink rat at greater health risk as he goes about his elaborate rituals. The rink rat is even driven from his home ice due to the selfish corporate encroachment committed by both Disney and the NBA. We must urge... nay, DEMAND the government protect this endangered wildlife.
            Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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              #7
              This is also one of the reason for a push to make license holders searchable on some public website, complete with Google mapping (they'd make non-licensed purchases available too if they could figure out a way).

              Some newspaper did it with permit holders in Westchester a few years ago.
              I am not armed out of fear of who's in front of me.
              I am armed out of love of those behind me.

              Anyone who says money doesn't matter to them is either a FOOL or a LIAR or BOTH!

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                #8
                Originally posted by LiDad View Post
                This is also one of the reason for a push to make license holders searchable on some public website, complete with Google mapping (they'd make non-licensed purchases available too if they could figure out a way).

                Some newspaper did it with permit holders in Westchester a few years ago.
                And NO WAY that info would ever get into the hands of those wishing to steal firearms. Through the process of elimination it would also provide thieves with a map of preferred homes to rob with greatly reduced personal risk.

                Those with such a list would no longer have to rely on these to guide them.

                This-Is-A-Gun-Free-Home-e1434682557799.jpg?fit=1000%2C1303&ssl=1.jpg
                Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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                  #9
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                  I am not armed out of fear of who's in front of me.
                  I am armed out of love of those behind me.

                  Anyone who says money doesn't matter to them is either a FOOL or a LIAR or BOTH!

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