Although she makes some valid points, the urge to yell “stay in your lane” is sometimes overwhelming. A little soft-pedaling ideology here…
I’m not an expert, but after a year of writing about the business of guns, of talking to gun owners and the owners of businesses that sell guns, or related businesses, I told them both why I think it is a more complicated issue than it seems.
People caught up in an emotional dynamic of fear and the need to protect take all kinds of steps, more or less rational, from lobbying to buying pepper spray to buying a gun to installing six-foot-high security fences that block out the sun to telling children to throw their plastic animals at men carrying huge rifles. Fear can be a powerful subconscious addiction for some people; and people who gain a sense of self by protecting others could act to perpetuate fear in those around them. Emotional truths sometimes, or often, find expression in the companies that entrepreneurs create.
In short, one of the reasons that we can’t solve our gun violence problem is that it’s complicated, emotional and deeply enmeshed with Americans’ sense of power and control. (And I haven’t even touched on the way a portion of Americans believe it’s their patriotic duty to own a firearm and encourage others to do so.) Our gun violence problem and the political conflict surrounding it have existed so long that there are now markets that have sprung up and companies making profits off the efforts to solve gun violence. (Elizabeth MacBride for Forbes, America’s Gun Business is $28B. The Gun Violence Business is Bigger.)
Then there was this gem:
It’s also worth noting that there are other kinds of gun violence that we have judged to be (more or less) socially acceptable: violence committed by soldiers and police to defend the country and keep law and order; and hunting. (Elizabeth MacBride for Forbes, America’s Gun Business is $28B. The Gun Violence Business is Bigger.)
…it appears to me that the private sector has generated very little way of solutions for women (or men) who want protection, or at least feel safer, against an abusive spouse or partner with a gun. (Elizabeth MacBride for Forbes, America’s Gun Business is $28B. The Gun Violence Business is Bigger.)