Anecdotal Connections: Assault Weapons – Push-up Bras.

I’ve heard two interesting stories about stores lately.  One, from my husband about a sports shop in upstate New York.  To give context to the story, my husband is a hunter, has been a hunter from the time he was a boy, was at one point (presumably before dues were required) a member of the NRA.

His memory of upstate sports stores from his youth, and even from ten or fifteen years ago (okay, dear—from his continuing youth), was of showcases filled with hunting rifles.  There might be a few pistols, but even those were, primarily, implements for hunting game–something someone might take on a camping trip.

On a recent visit to a sport store, however, in a very small, seemingly peaceful town, in the Catskill Mountains (prime hunting territory), my husband noted that about half of the store’s showcase was now given over to assault weapons.  These, he said, are not the types of guns one would use hunting animals==that is, non-human animals.  They are weapons modeled on the M-16s carried by soldiers, too heavy, too violent for game.   A couple of times in the store, my husband also heard the name “Nancy” as in “Pelosi” as in “getting one before she takes ’em away.”

The second store story arises from a friend’s recent trip to Victoria’s Secret in search of a bra on sale.  My friend has liked Victoria’s Secret in the past, not so much because of the sexy lacey-ness of its gear (well, maybe a little because of that), but mainly, supposedly, because of its large inventory of sizes and styles, particularly of bras.  On her recent trip, however, she found it impossible to buy:  every single bra was a “push-up” – so wired and padded that it was unclear how a human breast was supposed to fit in.    (It’s supposed to hover, presumably, someplace above the fabric, cushioning, metallic whalebonesque polymers.)

These are second-hand stories from reliable sources (I swear!), but, nonetheless, anecdotal.

Still, I can’t help but wonder about the connection: a seeming rise in assault weapons; a seeming rise in cleavage.

What does it mean?    That U.S. society likes things that are considered, non-aggressive, reserved, even less than usual?

That U.S. society is more than ever obsessed by bombast? Bimbobast?  Blastbast?

It worries me. (I’m sorry, I can’t help it–even the Victoria’s Secret stuff worries me–I’m a child of the Sixties.)

Whatever it means does not seem to bode well for Obama’s mid-term election results.

PS–the drawing above is not meant to imply that women in bras were buying the assault weapons.  I just wanted to put them both…errr.. all… in a single drawing.

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8 Comments on “Anecdotal Connections: Assault Weapons – Push-up Bras.”

  1. Sailorcurt Says:

    Three points:

    Due to many factors including the continued urbanization of the American population, the demonization of hunting in the media and by such groups as HSUS and the Sierra Club, the efforts of environmentalists, etc, hunting is no longer a large aspect of American life.

    Were gun dealers to rely solely on hunting to support their businesses, the gun shops of your Husband’s fond memory would simply no longer exist, rather than simply having experienced a change in the style of wares offered for sale.

    The decline in hunting, however, has been more than made up for by the dramatic increase in recreational and competitive shooting, as well as people taking up shooting for defensive purposes. Specifically, the numbers of women involved in the shooting sports has increased dramatically in the past ten or twenty years and the relatively low powered (as compared to hunting rifles) standard loadings of rifles such as the AR-15 make for a much more pleasant shooting experience for smaller framed individuals.

    Point two:

    I would point out that all of the “traditional” hunting rifle styles have their roots in military designs. As far back as firearms technology goes, even to the original “hand canons” of the late middle ages, firearms were primarily military technology and were adapted to civilian uses. The Match Lock, the flint lock, mass produced interchangeable parts, bolt action, lever action, the revolver…all were originally designed for and marketed to the military.

    I hate to break it to your husband, but the rifle he uses for hunting was probably not originally intended for taking non-human animals either.

    Interestingly, each of these advancements was at first resisted by the “traditional” hunters of the era before being embraced and becoming the standard…for the next generation of “traditionalists” to defend against encroachment by new technology.

    Point three:

    As popular and prolific hunting writer and advocate Jim Zumbo found out the hard way a few years ago, modern sporting rifles, in the proper configuration and loadings, are perfectly suitable hunting rifles and are used regularly to take game of all types from small varmints to big game.

    They are accurate, lightweight, weather resistant, durable and reliable.

    Specifically the AR-15 is especially advantageous because it is so modular and configurable. In a matter of minutes, one can transform a rifle from a small-caliber, hyper accurate, long range varmint rifle, into a medium caliber, low capacity deer rifle or a large caliber big game rifle.

    The use of multi-position collapsible stocks make the rifle easily configurable for family members of differing sizes and frames and the ability to quickly attach and detach accessories such as optics, bipods and foregrips make the rifles especially adaptable to many different uses and users.

    The bottom line is that semi-automatic modern sporting rifles are functionally no different than any semi-automatic hunting rifle, have many lawful uses and offer significant benefits over the more archaic designs.

    Some people are prone to judge based upon looks alone, but the more tolerant among us tend to look past surface aesthetics and judge based upon what’s inside.

    Perhaps that lesson can be applied to push-up bras as well?

    • manicddaily Says:

      Thanks for your detailed and thoughtful comment. You’re right that I certainly don’t know much about guns and I’m sure that virtually all those buying in that store are buying the guns for recreational and sporting purposes. (As, perhaps, are those buying the push-up bras.) I just find all that available firing power, and its popularity, extremely unsettling–more than unsettling, worrisome. And I’m certainly not against push-up bras (ha), maybe just think they don’t need to be quite so prevalent in our world.

      • Sailorcurt Says:

        You’re welcome and thank you for allowing the comment. Too many these days prefer an echo chamber where only commenters who agree with them are permitted to post. It is a testament to your integrity and intellectual honesty that you allow it.

        You are, of course, more than entitled to your opinion; in fear of sounding “preachy” however, I must caution that opinions admittedly formed upon a basis of incomplete information are often less than ideal.

        I don’t share your apprehension with the proliferation of firearms among the law abiding. Criminals will do what criminals will do. They’ll have guns regardless of the law. The more good people who avail themselves of these tools to counter the small minority of bad people, the better.

        As I said before, these particular firearms are no more deadly than any other modern, center-fire firearm…and are actually less deadly than many hunting arms; not to mention the fact that they are, in fact, very rarely used in crime. Lamenting the proliferation of this specific type of firearm because they seem to be scary just isn’t supported by the facts.

        One thing I find interesting about people who feel fear when they contemplate their fellow citizens armed with weaponry they consider especially dangerous: Do you ever travel by automobile?

        Are you constantly fearful while doing so, that someone from the oncoming traffic will willfully drive into your lane and attempt to kill you? That someone beside you will intentionally try to run you off the road?

        Even when you see aggressive, or just bad, drivers, do you assume that they have malicious intent or just that they are narcissistic jerks who mean no intentional harm?

        If you trust your life every day to the good will of your fellow citizens when behind the wheel, why do you imagine that, were they able to purchase firearms of any type or description, they’d suddenly become crazed killers intent on destruction and mayhem?

        If your fellow citizens were as bloodthirsty as your apprehension would indicate you fear, you’d already be dead many times over by now, “assault weapons” or no.

      • manicddaily Says:

        I appreciate the point, but I live in New York City, and luckily, am hardly ever in an automobile!

      • manicddaily Says:

        PS – and you’re right about my incomplete knowledge here (which I explain by calling the post anecdotal.) I didn’t mean to be flippant re cars. I do worry about riding in cars; but the kind of trust involved with cars is different from guns, I think, partly because the misuse of a car can be almost as dangerous to the user as to those around him or her. A gun, though certainly susceptible to accidents affecting the holder, seems to me to be more of a directed weapon.

  2. Sailorcurt Says:

    That’s an excellent point. The analogy isn’t perfect. Perhaps a better one especially from your point of view, is when walking. Something like “do you fear that drivers will run you down in a crosswalk or chase you down the sidewalk with their car?”

    At any rate, I think the point is still valid. It’s not the tool that makes one violent, its the mindset.

    That mindset exists in only a very small percentage of the population and they tend to voluntarily identify themselves fairly early on in life. Just check their rap sheets.

    And those are the people for whom gun ownership of any kind is already a federal crime.

    Thanks again for the civil discussion.

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