Stop posing with guns. It makes you look weak | Quentin Young

Stop posing with guns. It makes you look weak | Quentin Young

Commentary Glorification of firearms helps create a culture that allows routine slaughter Colorado State Rep. Ron Hanks fires a rifle in a video his U.S. Senate campaign released in October 2021. (Screenshot from Ron Hanks for U.S. Senate). By Quentin Young It’s not hard to find photos of each one of the three Republicans in Colorado’s congressional delegation posing with guns. The images aren’t just out there on the internet — the members want you to see them. They released them as part of campaigns or policy statements. The discouraging implication is that they assume such posturing will resonate with a substantial portion of their base. They’re hardly alone. Many conservatives suffer from a compulsion to be photographed shooting, brandishing or fondling firearms. It’s looney. But it also contributes, in ways that don’t get enough attention, to the epidemic of gun violence in America. Last month, five people were killed as a result of the latest paroxysm of gun violence in Colorado, a state where bullets have claimed so many lives it occupies a special place of shame in the national gun debate. A man went on a killing spree that started at Sol Tribe Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing in Denver and ended at the Belmar shopping district in Lakewood. In a healthy society, such a heinous act of violence would be extraordinary. But our society is sick, and such violence is routine. The shooting in Denver might have been the worst single act of gun violence in […]

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