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City Gun, Country Gun

Find out what it's like on the other side of the trigger
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One of the problems in the American debate about guns is a cultural divide. In rural areas, guns are seen as a tool; in the cities, guns are a threat. So what if we had a reality TV show matching up families from each environment, and giving each the opportunity to experience each other's reality?
smendler, Apr 05 2013

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       (This could also simply be set up as a cultural exchange program, without the TV angle...)
smendler, Apr 05 2013
  

       //One of the problems in the American debate about guns is a cultural divide.In rural areas, guns are seen as a tool; in the cities, guns are a threat// I don't think this is true. You are not comparing apples with apples. Guns are always a tool in the hands of those brandishing them. The victims, on the other hand feel differently. Swapping deer and bears for late night cashiers and armed aggressors will not change anything. Remember guns don't kill people, high velocity projectiles damaging vital organs and then the possible secondary infections kill people.
4whom, Apr 05 2013
  

       What [smendler] said is somewhat true, but also in the city guns are a tool for protection. There will always be the bad guys and the good guys no matter where they are located.
xandram, Apr 05 2013
  

       Considering how often sex and violence are found associated in both fiction and real life, it is amazing that we have sex education in schools, but not gun education. The main Idea proposed here is only a tiny step toward what is really needed.
Vernon, Apr 05 2013
  

       I think [smendy] is on the right track. Us backwoods country folk aren't afraid of guns, and I think it has a lot to do with familiarity. We all have shotguns and we all leave our doors unlocked. And before you tell me I don't know what it's like to be at the other end of the barrel, please know that I've been shot at three times: once by people who were being safe and didn't know I was in the area (a large sand pit), once by somebody poaching turkeys from their back porch, and once by a twitchy hunter who thought I was a blaze-orange deer (a mistake he won't make again). It's very frightening, but it hasn't turned me into an anti- gun activist. If anything, those occasions provided opportunities for greater understanding.   

       I don't think city people, as a whole, would benefit from familiarity with firearms. I think that a better approach would be helping people understand that there are appropriate places and uses for firearms (for instance, they don't belong in urban areas).   

       Side note: I frequently carry a well-used KA-BAR (8" USMC combat knife), and I've had more negative reactions to that than to the so-called 'assault style' firearms that I use to hunt deer (with lo-cap magazines, typically with only two rounds loaded). My high-tech 'special forces' rifles draw curiousity, but my knife causes trepidation. Figure that one out.
Alterother, Apr 05 2013
  

       Good point. I suppose that I am generalizing; my statements apply accurately to my own rural community and (I must assume) similar places, but not to the whole country.   

       But let's face it, traditional hunting firearms are not what urbanites fear, and even those in communities like mine who do not own or use guns are aware of them and okay with their presence; if they weren't, they'd be nervous wrecks. I see gun racks in trucks nearly every day. Many of us (myself included) carry small-caliber arms whenever we go into the woods, just in case we spot a rabbit (yum). I live near a popular hiking route and waterfall and have introduced a number of tourists to the concept that it's okay to carry a gun around in the woods 'just because'. I find that many of them are quite receptive to the idea. Like I said, they're often more afraid of the knife, which I freely admit is a little on the large size.
Alterother, Apr 05 2013
  

       Knives are scarier than guns. Fact. Why do movie villains always use a blade? Because it wouldn't be scary if Freddy Krueger just drove by and shot people.
DIYMatt, Apr 05 2013
  

       I would watch a reality show in which a person visited a shooting range / went hunting with a military weapon - for example a grenade launcher or a flamethrower. If questioned the person could produce official looking documents certifying the legality of the weapon. What response would this get from the gun aficionados encountered? Anger? Skepticism? Admiration? Call the police?
bungston, Apr 05 2013
  
      
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