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Ira Chernus


  • Originally published 01/24/2013

    Ira Chernus: Gun Ownership as Sin -- A Strategic, Secular Proposal for Gun Reform

    Ira Chernus is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado and author of “MythicAmerica: Essays.” He blogs at MythicAmerica.us.When you look at a gun, do you see danger or safety? It all depends on the angle you’re looking from, risk perception experts say. The gun control debate is ultimately a clash of competing worldviews, and it’s very fraught. Each side draws on symbolic narratives—I would call them myths—with deep roots in the American past.The big challenge for gun-control advocates will be to summon up a master-myth, a story that takes aim at the heart of the great American love affair with guns—and that will be a tricky shot.First, a tour of the contested terrain.Have Peacemaker, Will Travel

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