Negative stereotype fires up the elitists

Negative stereotype fires up the elitists

I read the article about Dave's Firearms written by University of Illinois student Gabrielle Irvin.

Apparently, her left-leaning educators have worked their magic. In describing the store, she uses these adjectives: sooty, unpolished, thinly stocked shelves, smudged glass case, cluttered shelves, hair-filled dog brush (on the counter), a trash can decorated with coffee stains and chewing tobacco spit, and, of course, the discussion about gas, mind-numbingly bad gas.

Is it possible to conjure up more negative mental images? I think not.

It seems to me that her mission was to paint this man, his business and his clients as hayseed hicks who live just above the filth of the gutter.

In reality, the shop is a quaint place that a man has worked hard to build; his customers are loyal; his service to the area invaluable.

The gun control debate is far from over. However, if The News-Gazette continues to print stories that paint gun enthusiasts and owners in this light, those who support the right to bear arms — as granted by our Founding Fathers in the U.S. Constitution — have a tough challenge ahead.

We'll need to find someone capable of writing an article by stringing together some adjectives that paint the truth, not an agenda or a stereotype pre-established in a reporter's mind.

Stories like these make it easier for the gun haters to feel morally superior by virtue of their preconceived notion that people who sell or buy guns are just backwoods hicks. Nothing could be further from the truth.

JAN KING

Urbana

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