Lets look at our hands

by Mobist on November 8, 2015 - 11:08am

Mon 2015-11-02 9:22 PM

In an article written at www.reuters.com about the renewal of a gun control legislation in the United States, the article reviews the massacres committed by Elliot Rodgers and Adam Lanza as reasons for President Borack Obama and members of the senate wanting to inforce more sever gun laws. The legislation would inquire that background checks and screenings for mental health issues be done prior to selling fire arms as well as certain fire arms be restricted. The goal in doing so, is being able to intervene before these violent crimes are committed. The opposing party, pro-gun activist, using the often heard argument, that in making this legislation viable the government would infringe on America's Constitutional rights.

 It is typical that looking at a violent act that has been committed using fire arms and other weapons, the first reaction would be to make stricter laws on weapons. However is that the solution to this problem? This article is an example on how we as a society misconstrue what the real issues are by focusing the attention elsewhere. While more severe gun laws may help in intervening possible crimes. Is it really the issue as to why men account for the vast majority of violent crimes such as rape, aggression, assault, murder, shootings, etc? While women are exposed to just as much violence in movies, videogames and other media, and also suffer from mental health issues. How come than, are we not looking at the deep underlying issue of men’s oppression, and instead, starring wildly into the face of a shot gun barrel. 

In the article the author refers to a Youtube video Rodgers posted before the attack. “ A YouTube video and a lengthy "manifesto" Rodger left behind were filled with rage and plans for "slaughtering" women because he felt they had rejected him.” In the film “Tough Guise” they address the fact that many of the violent crimes committed by men, are due to violent abuse they themselves have endured at a younger age, rejection, from women or work, and if we take a look at the big picture, that they have not managed to fit into what society has constructed as being a man. In a world where we have taught our sons, brothers, boyfriends, husbands, that being a real man, is to be stoic, strong, silent, no emotion, aggressive sexually, obtaining women rather than developing a partnership with them. These men have been taught that these are the ways to live. Even if it goes against your true nature, and that unless you are all these things, you are no man at all. 

Perhaps we do not ask the proper questions, because in doing so, we as men would come face to face with our own insecurities and anxieties. We would be forced to look ourselves straight in the eye and demand that we feel for a moment.

 

 

 

 

 

Works cited : http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/27/us-usa-shooting-california-gun...

Comments

This article response is on a very interesting topic. Men in society are seen as the tough ones, the leaders, the emotionless, etc. The fact that you brought out that maybe it’s the way men are brought up and not the guns necessarily that are the problem. A problem like this can be related to race and racism by the way race is seen compared to what they actual problem is. For example, a lot of crime are most of the times related to the blacks. But with the racial discrimination in society, like getting a job, will automatically force them to get into doing criminal acts for their family to survive. Is it really the blacks that are uneducated enough to get the job or is it the employer that is a racist, preventing from getting the job? Just like men and women in society, the different races have also expectations from society. For example, someone that is from Asian descent. Everyone will expect them to be very good in mathematics but what if they aren’t. What if they are good in writing instead? Just like the TED talk “The Man Box”, shown in class, the man got offered to have sex with a mentally ill women. Knowing that, he couldn’t say he did want to have sex with the women. If he did, he would have ridiculed for not doing the expected “manly” act. How would society be like today, if the next generations were brought up without expectations that they have because of their gender or skin colour?

Larger problems
Let’s look at our hands

Initially, the title of this article drew me in, I found that it really intrigued me, as a reader, to further my knowledge of this subject. Overall, the entire text was enjoyable, despite the subject having a harsh serious tone. Nevertheless, it was clear and easy to follow, and all the main components of the original piece seemed to be present. Although I already had a basic understanding of the predominant role men have in today’s society, the author of this editorial allowed me to look at a different side of it, that is in terms of violence. Guns is an extremely sensitive issue, and unfortunately it is only becoming worse. This can be related to race and racism if the article focused more on not only the gender of the offenders, but their race. Still, out of all the crimes reported on the news, a vast majority are committed by non-whites. This can be due to many different aspects however one of them is white privilege. As Mclntosh stated in her essay, being white or more specifically being a white male in today’s society allows you to cash in and have a leg up over everyone else. Men of color do not get the same advantages as white males because their skin colour is different. As a white in civilization, you are automatically born with many benefits you did not have to earn. The unfortunate reality is that gun laws is not the problem, it is peoples’ views on others, instead of changing a law, we must change our perspective on non-white males, since the majority of wrongdoers are classified within this category. Is this matter actually about guns, or is it an underlying issue of personal worth based on one’s gender?