Gun Crusaders: The NRA's Culture War by Scott Melzer

By Scott Melzer

Not anything evokes pictures of the yankee frontier and a pick-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps view of freedom and independence rather like weapons. Gun Crusaders is an engaging within examine how the four-million member nationwide Rifle organization and its dedicated individuals come to work out each gun keep watch over probability as a step down the trail in the direction of gun confiscation, and at last socialism. Enlivened by means of a wealthy research of NRA fabrics, conferences, chief speeches, and specified in-depth interviews with NRA individuals, Gun Crusaders specializes in how the NRA constructs and perceives threats to gun rights as yet another assault in a vast liberal cultural battle. Scott Melzer indicates that the NRA promotes a nostalgic imaginative and prescient of frontier masculinity, wherein gun rights defenders are visible as patriots and freedom warring parties, protecting no longer the liberty of faith, however the faith of person rights and freedoms.

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Roughly one hundred people, about a quarter of them men, filtered through the breakfast buffet. Several corporate sponsors of guns and gear had banners hanging on the wall, and a portion of the video Hunting with the Women of the NRA played on a large screen, on mute, in the back of the room. , and Tracy, a ranch owner from Texas. They were heavily involved in “Women in the NRA” programs, as both were panelists in the session that would follow on women, hunting, and shooting. In an attempt to break the ice, Floyd shared a joke about a caveman and cavewoman: “The cavewoman’s dragging a kill by its tail and holding a big club.

This do-it-yourself attitude is the basic philosophy of most NRA members. Need protection? Buy a gun and learn to shoot. Not earning enough money to make ends meet? Work harder. Can’t afford child care or health care? Don’t expect the government to bail you out. Freedom and self-reliance are indivisible. A country whose citizens have to rely on the government for personal safety or basic needs is a country that is lazy and apathetic, and ultimately undemocratic. S. gun culture historically confined to white men.

For example, because of racism and segregation, Black men could not earn a family wage and so Black families were excluded from the separate spheres doctrine. This is reflected in the fact that half of Black women were in the 32 Frontier Masculinity labor force in 1880, but 15% of white women, too, were in the labor force at this time. 17 Some self-made men battled to establish their masculine authority by creating a new urban, industrialized version of gender arrangements, and others simply took their guns and headed west.

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