What we talk about when we talk about Guns
This safe was my favorite part of the exhibition because it showed that there was still people that have an opinion about the issue and were willing to share it. The safe to me represents the fact that our community is willing to share their opinions openly and arent going to lock them away, thats why they are on the outside of the safe, not on the inside.
1. What was your viewpoint regarding firearms, their uses and misuses, and legislation coming in to the project?
My viewpoint, was that we do not have a gun problem, we might have a problem with people lying on forms in order to get a gun but then again we do not have a gun problem we have a people problem. People will lie on forms in order to get a gun, people have mental issues and social issues and that can drive them to the edge and at the end of their rope they can misuse a firearm.
I use firearms all the time, I use them to protect my livestock and my home if need be. I believe that firearm use should be taken seriously at all times, and should be handled with caution.
2. In what ways was that viewpoint challenged by our class conversations, your research, and the exhibition?
For this project, I was one out of maybe 5-6 conservatives, we were the minority group. I believe that our viewpoints were challenged because our voices weren’t loud or strong enough to make an impact, during class conversation. But I did appreciate how we were given one room that we could express our opinion safely and appropriately.
3. What adversity did you face during this project and how did you overcome it/make your way through it?
I had a lot of stress with this project, mostly because I had my job but I also had to help others with theirs. One person had the job of gun profiling, and she did not know anything about guns so when she would gather photos for the certain guns she would get the wrong ones. I did not want that to happen because it would cause confusion and frustration for the audience. So I helped with that, as well as any other gun confusion that had occurred. I overcome it by pulling some late night hours, to make sure everything was right and in order.
4. In what ways did you contribute to your group and the class as a whole?
I kind of discussed this in the last question, I mostly helped with any gun confusion that occurred, I helped Evan with anything he needed. I also did the part of making sure everything was in order, and everybody had the resources that they needed.
5. What can you point to in the exhibition that is yours (e.g. something you made, researched, etc.)
The gun uses. It was 4 papers that took at least 3 papers of research to complete, the papers explained the uses, who uses them, and why they are used. Those are the 4 papers that I did.