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"Gun owners are compensating for something"

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Oleg Volk, Aug 2, 2007.

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  1. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

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  2. JamesM

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    Very nice. Cant argue with that statement.
     
  3. Hoppy590

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    i prefer to answe like this
    "what are you compensating for?!"
    "my inability to throw small bits of lead at sever thousand feet per second"
     
  4. skinnyguy

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    **standing ovation** THANKS Oleg!!! That's perfect!
     
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    I like that. I'm going to use that as often as I can.
     
  6. Ragnar Danneskjold

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    I think it would be a little more believable if she had a handgun that one could easily picture a female carrying for personal protection.
     
  7. Oleg Volk

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    I am working on that version also.

    However, that 5.45mm AK is her own gun, not a prop. I'd like to present EBR-owning women as mainstream.
     
  8. ArfinGreebly

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    . . . female carrying . . .

    Interesting, isn't it, how readily we accept the prejudices of the "liberated" bigots who can only imagine women carrying dainty "feminine" guns.

    Our Barbara would find this amusing. She's an original EBR babe.

    Part of Oleg's message is just that: the unexpected juxtapositioning of the "dainty" female with the "aggressive" (masculine?) EBR.

    Sometimes a visual dissonance is just the thing to jar loose rusty thinking.

    EDIT:
    Naturally, while I'm in the kitchen shuffling vegetables, Oleg comes along and speaks for himself. Oh, well. He sez it better than I do.
     
  9. Ragnar Danneskjold

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    I'm not accepting prejudices. I just know I don't carry my AR-15 around for protection against violent crime. That's what my subcompact Taurus is for. It makes more sense to me to be able to have a small handgun with me at all times than a battle-rifle(at least when I'm not doing Army stuff) But whatever. nm


    And is the point to win over fence-sitters? Or is it to preach to us who already know the importance of firearms in a self-defense plan? Because if it's for fence-sitters, the sad fact is, you need to cater to those who you are trying to win. And if that stereotype is common that female carry small pistols for defense, than it is what it is. I would rather convince a fence-sitter that it's OK for a female to carry a small pistol for self-defense, than drive them away thinking we're all cooky "assault-rifle" toting zealots. To me it only seems logical. Small victories are much better than huge losses.
     
  10. ArfinGreebly

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    Yes

    And you are quite correct.

    Nonetheless, Oleg's presentation of women with "outside the box" weaponry serves the additional purpose of busting stereotypes.

    Yes, Blissful Ninny will inquire, "what's she doing with a machine gun??"

    "Oh. You mean the rifle? That old thing? Heck, maybe if she would just bulk up and do some weight training, maybe score some steroids, she wouldn't need the firepower a rifle provides. Or maybe you were thinking the 'weaker sex' should have . . . less protection? Got something against women?"
     
  11. Oleg Volk

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    [​IMG]

    Other versions in the works.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Not really concise but at least these are accurate. I'll work on better images and captions.
     
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    I agree. It's a neat poster, but more appropriate for gun boards than public billboards.

    Maybe a good "middle ground" would be a woman carrying a medium or full-sized pistol. It would help to break the "girls carry toy pistols" stereotype wihtout jumping the shark.
     
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    Well I have to say that those are very nice!

    Take a photo of someone in a wheelchair. Now that would really make a statement.
     
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    Regading the first picture:

    Where are her shoes???

    :neener:

    (Good work, all of them.)
     
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    A confession

    If it would really make someone's day for me to confess that I carry to compensate for something, The something is this: I am too old and too gimpy to either fight or run as I once could, but I still have my pride and independence, and I am too proud and independent too give up my freedom to go where I will, to hide behind walls, and to go out only in flocks of timorous sheeple — and then only to non-existent “safe places” as gun-grabbers constantly advise.
     
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    Good job Oleg! I really like this series. I agree that the young lady should probably be holding a SD pistol instead of the AK though.:)

    After looking at the pinkpistols website, I better understand your approach to that image, but it's only effective if you are singing to the choir.

    Without knowing what the PinkPistols is about, it easy to see as a gay bashing slam or an even more extreme take would be, "Guns are for shooting fags"

    The image without requisite understanding of the issue doesn't say anything positive. I only explored the pinkpistols site because of your explanation. Most people who are not gay, seeing the ad or poster wouldn't have need to look deeper.

    Sorry,...I just don't like that ad,...these are great.
     
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    "I am compensating for my children, who can't run as fast as I can."

    Great idea Oleg!
     
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    I'm compensating for violent criminals running in gangs and being bigger and meaner than me.

    I'm compensating for violent criminals being bigger and stronger and being more than willing to hurt me.

    I'm compensating for 911 putting me on hold, the police taking 20 minutes to arrive...at the wrong address.

    I'm compensating for violent criminals being bigger and stronger than my children.
     
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    Oleg,

    I typically refrain from commenting about your images. Not because I think they are bad or anything. I just generally don't have much to say about them.

    Generally, one or two things stop them from really clicking with me. In other words, I think..."well...that is nice, but it doesn't really blow me away."

    No offense intended. The images are always very clean and concise, they just don't illicit any emotion from me.

    The first photo in this thread is just like that. I think..."hmmm...good image."

    But the image of the family really strikes a chord. I'm sure it is because I have two children as well and their protection is the primary reason I concern myself with defense.

    In my humble opinion, the one with the family is, outright, the best image I have ever seen you post.
     
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    Great set of pictures.
     
  22. Henry Bowman

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    Excellent, Oleg.
     
  23. zeroskillz

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    +1 for the family. Sends a much better message than a 'chick' on the floor, barefoot, with an assault rifle, (read gun-nut). If these are meant to persuade, you need to look at them from the point of view of those you would try to persuade. And frankly, the only people you would attract with an AK47 posed such as that probably don't need any convincing.
     
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    +1. Maybe not the best ever but there is just something about it that makes it seem right.
     
  25. MinnMooney

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    Answer : Hopefully she stuffed them down the throat of her would-be attacker!

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    I've got a few years on me, also, & know where you're comin' from. At 5' 7" and 160 lbs., I'm not exactly the biggest, baddest dude in town so a majority of BGs could see me as vulnerable. I feel that I could halt most situations from getting too far out of control by 'carrying'. I just refuse to be a sheeple.
     
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