Is there anything a gun can’t do? Not only do they pull their own triggers and kill people, but they can also control your mind.
Anthropologist: Guns have an almost supernatural potency to change the people who possess them into unethical agents. https://t.co/sL0XvPjL6e
— The Trace (@teamtrace) April 23, 2019
Check out this hot take 🤦🏻♀️ https://t.co/2DxxXX1o0N
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 23, 2019
Yes, let’s check it out:
Taking seriously the supernatural effects of guns has broad relevance for understanding and addressing gun violence globally. In the U.S., gun advocates tend to view the gun as a value-neutral tool. As they say: “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” On the other side are gun control advocates who argue that guns do indeed kill people: Without their lethal power easily at hand, as in other countries, far fewer deaths occur. But the anthropological lesson from Haiti is that the truth is more complex. It isn’t just the technological lethality of guns that makes them dangerous: They also exert a power on human agency. They change us. It is both the technology and the symbolism of a gun that can encourage someone to shoot.
The gun in these accounts served not just as a tool that enabled pre-existing intentions but as a catalyst for the development of previously inconceivable ones. The supernatural potency of the gun is its power to lay out new possibilities.
A gun is not just an inanimate object that can be separated from its user’s intentions. A gun held by a person is a human-technology composite that transforms what both can do in the world. As the philosopher and anthropologist Bruno Latour has argued: “You are another subject because you hold the gun; the gun is another object because it has entered into a relationship with you. … A bad guy becomes a worse guy; a silent gun becomes a fired gun.” The crux of this view is that people are needed to activate technology, and technology is necessary to activate and augment human capacities.
Yet [residents of Bel Air in Port-au-Prince, Haiti]s’ accounts push this idea even further. Guns and people work together not only to fire a gun but also to imbue that technology with social meanings of power and violence. The potency of the .38 results from the way in which material objects and people must co-participate in creating lethal actors and actions in the world.
TL;DR version: Guns have supernatural ability to fundamentally transform people’s minds and turn them into murderers. Clearly the anthropologist who pieced the truth together is someone we should all take very, very seriously.
Guns aren't magic. They don't have "supernatural potency." It's impossible to take something this dumb seriously. https://t.co/1eMGzPQrgP
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) April 23, 2019
Seriously you do more harm than good pedaling this BS. In Canada licensed gun owners are LESS likely to commit a crime. https://t.co/cyFi2rXhuA Please focus on people doing the action not an inanimate object. You'll look less stupid and get more done.
— Michael Fodor (@TeamGrizzlyCA) April 23, 2019
By "supernatural potency", I presume you mean "the ability to level the playing field for women who need to protect themselves".
— 🍸 Trish 🍸 (@wtffiles) April 23, 2019
Never murdered anyone don’t intend to and I’ve owned guns since I was 8. Not only that, but my guns have never spontaneously committed any crimes on their own, no matter how often I’ve been told I should be punished for the crimes committed by other individuals.
— dumbfounded (@was619now858) April 23, 2019
Wow! I guess I’m not the only one!
— Mark Mead (@MarkW_Mead) April 23, 2019
Oh just got a gun, don’t mind me… pic.twitter.com/dPnh2weyah
— Daniel Pelayo (@DPelayolll) April 23, 2019
If you are gonna have a reasonable discussion, you need not be crazy in your logic
— Marty Wynkoop (@koopco) April 23, 2019