Interesting Event In Class Today
Today in my Competing with Information Technology class, a 300 level business course, I made an interesting observation about some people.
It started when my Professor began to make an analogy, using assault rifles. She incorrectly stated that, "...assault rifles have certain features that make them more dangerous than other commonly owned weapons and handguns." Now to be honest I was half asleep before she said this, but as soon as I heard it I woke right up. She was not intending to start a conversation on gun control, but then a young man about my age sitting to my rear piped up and said something to the effect of, "I don't understand why anyone needs to own one of these assault weapons."
At this point I spoke up and basically shut the conversation down, saying, "Actually it is a very common misconception that assault rifles have any particular features that make them more dangerous than any other kind of rifle used for self-defense or hunting. The Ruger Mini-14 which is never portrayed as a assault rifle and is used every day for hunting, self-defense, and sport fires the exact same round as a so called assault rifle and is identical in operation, both are semi-automatics, they simply look different."
Now I said that all relatively quickly as I was upset about the way both the professor had incorrectly began the conversation and the immediate baseless opinion given by my classmate. The professor then said she didn't want to go into the subject because it is too hotly debated of a topic right now, and moved on.
This isn't what surprised me though, I expect this. I go to a very liberal college in quite possibly one of the most liberal cities in the United States. What surprised me was the ability of my classmates to make the distinction between the PERSON being the problem or cause of a crime, and not the INANIMATE OBJECT. They lack the ability to connect that line of thinking to firearms, and for the life of me I cannot understand why other than that they have a purely emotional feeling towards it, and have been grossly misinformed.
Regardless, I was disappointed.