Class Discussion 11/18

For my technology (Guns), I was thinking about considering the “safety” value system that everyone has. There are various outlooks to this value system, either coming from the individual or community one lives in. When considering an individual, it would make sense that a person would weigh their person feeling of safety over the safety of random people around them that don’t feel comfortable with firearms. However, if you were to look at a community they might weigh the overall safety of the people over the second amendment right to bear arms. Now one would have to consider which person’s values systems is more “correct” is there even a correct value system that is going to make everyone happy?

Working Thesis:

They can be considered a statement piece to some. With the right mix of parts along with their unique exteriors, they can either bring comfort to a lucky few, or bring out a form of darkness to the world. They are loud, flashy, and yes, inhuman. Some could even say they have it all. They have been fought over for years, admired, and bring a sort of comfort that others can’t seem to replicate. What technology could do all these things? Guns. They built up a society that we live in today, and have become very prominent in our lives. Whether we see guns in our media, throughout our everyday lives, they are constantly affecting the way we see our world. Now in the 21st century, after all the chaos that has erupted because of them, we now must consider the safety aspect of them.  Does the overall value system of safety in a community override our second amendment right to bear arms? Or does an individual’s feeling of safety continue to succeed the general opinion of our community. Where do the lines start to grey, and how do we justify which value system is more ‘correct’, if there even is one.

Brittney Krempl

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One thought on “Class Discussion 11/18

  1. One things that strikes me about approaching this as a matter of “safety” is that you can’t actually take that at face value. A person might buy a gun to feel safer, but statistically speaking owning a gun makes a person significantly more likely to die from a gunshot. So with that in mind, it might help you to approach this in a different way.

    Remember the garbage disposal story we read, and the clip about the clogged pipes and sewers that we watched? On the one hand, there was the spectacular fear about the possible damages of garbage disposals. On the other hand, there was the very real impact on infrastructure that no one had really worried about when the disposals were first popularized. You might approach guns in the same way, to illustrate the perceived expectations of guns against the statistical reality. It might also help to think about why so many fears are manufactured that keep people thinking a gun would make them safer. What do gun ads tell us we should be afraid of? And how should we interpret those ads?

    Your second paragraph raises some fascinating questions, and I think it’s a really rich way to approach the topic. Just don’t let “safety” go unchallenged!

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