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How Gun Owners Are Portrayed In Our Society

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Our society forms their own beliefs on groups of people based on what only a small percentage of that certain group is like. They rarely ever look past the popular stereotypes. Our society judges anything based on what their first experiences were like. If a person were to be bitten by a dog they may feel uneasy around dogs for the simple reason that they fear what they have experienced and do not want to repeat their experience. Unfortunately this is the case with gun owners and they need to be better understood.

The three most common misconceptions and stereotypes that are given to gun owners is that they are Irresponsible, rednecks, and that they are paranoid,. I believe that this group of people needs to be better understood for the simple reason that they are not anything close to what they are perceived to be. They are a community that not only consists of gun owners, but everyday people. Everyday people that consists majorly out of law abiding citizens. I believe that gun owners should be given a second opinion by the public instead of being criminalized only for practicing a right that was developed by our founding fathers years ago only to keep it alive for others to enjoy. People are quick to judge what they do not understand, and do not understood that not every gun owner is irresponsible and even unworthy of owning something that brings them joy. A common misinterpretation of the gun community is that they are just a bunch of uneducated rednecks and are simply a degeneration to our society. Another stereotype that gun owners are given is that they are a bunch of paranoid rights activists who feel the government is out to get them, at times they may even be called preppers (Things That Kill People, 2013). These are the most common stereotypes that gun owners are given, which I would like to prove wrong in order to fix the image of these people who are simply getting by just like you and I.

This so-called gun community has been perceived for years as “irresponsible” gun owners that are unworthy of owning something that requires great responsibility. People have great misinterpretations about this community. They assume they are all the same and that they all carry irresponsible habits that are common amongst gun owners. How would people not feel this way about gun owners? They never experienced the culture because they are either too afraid to find out whether or not these misconceptions are true or they simply don't want to believe that these misconceptions are wrong. What these people need to understand is that this community of gun owners are no different than them. They are not some secluded group who live by their own rules and fend for themselves. Gun owners are hardly even a community of their own, they are a community that consists of everyday people no different than those who do not own firearms. Individuals that own arms are just as human as the rest of us who are just trying to get by. They consist of law...

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