Stereotyped portrayals of Texans

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Spoiler alert: in the event you haven’t seen Thor: Ragnarok but, one of many first scenes options an Asgardian exhibiting off the gathering of souvenirs that he procured from Earth to 2 enticing girls who seem like they’d be impressed by that type of factor. After all, as quickly as he pulled two automated weapons out of the pile, there was little doubt in my thoughts the place the joke would lead (paraphrasing): “I bought these from a spot known as Tex-sas.”

It’s humorous, isn’t it? That Texans are internationally recognized for being cowboys and having massive weapons? The film and that line had been launched in theaters on November third. Two days later, 26 folks had been killed by a gunman in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. By the point this text is launched or quickly afterward, there’ll most likely be one other mass taking pictures in Texas or elsewhere within the US.

Whereas it’s ridiculous to assert a line in a film has any connection to such a horrific act, what’s not ridiculous is popular culture as a complete influencing the best way we see weapons, and the way Texans particularly appear to be irrevocably related to them. Firearms are virtually cartoonish. In truth, I can’t consider a single type of fictional media that doesn’t painting weapons as both one thing to make use of to make you’re feeling highly effective (The Courageous One), one thing that’s only a pure prop and never the damaging instrument it’s (any motion film), or one thing that shouldn’t be feared and doesn’t trigger any actual hurt (akin to when characters in cartoons get shot and simply get soot on their faces… not blood).

Let’s assume that most individuals around the globe actually consider everybody in Texas is a gun-toting, racist redneck who drives a pickup truck. Believing sure myths in regards to the state is counterproductive, particularly whenever you’re speaking about stopping mass shootings. Weapons have been related to Texas in standard tradition for therefore lengthy that we’re letting notion begin to form actuality.

In actuality, most Texans do not own or have access to a gun. Most Texans aren’t silly sufficient to open carry their firearms in a grocery store or restaurant, or go away them in a automotive in a single day. Many Texans favor frequent sense gun management, akin to requiring psychological well being and prison background checks. However will we ever see an motion film with the hero exploring a desolate State of Texas, struggling to discover a gun? Not an opportunity.

I’m not saying film producers and writers can’t have their enjoyable once in a while, however let’s be sincere: everybody around the globe heard in regards to the newest mass taking pictures, noticed it was in Texas, and wasn’t actually stunned. Possibly not as stunned as they’d have been if it had occurred in Hawaii. Being stereotyped as gun-loving good ol’ boys is a lazy strategy, but it surely was tolerated when folks weren’t being mowed down at church.

You already know what I’d prefer to see? A Texan on the large display screen with out an accent who doesn’t pull out a gun and even know tips on how to shoot, however nonetheless manages to dwell an fascinating life. That’s simply as correct an outline of the “actual Texas” and it’s way more interesting than any picture that makes us rather less shocked when a Sutherland Springs occurs.