So, I’m pretty sure everyone has seen this poster by now. I’m not even sure how old it is, but that’s not the point.
Disclaimer, even though I absolutely hate this poster, I want to say that I get it. I get the message. Really, I do. I understand the other person’s side coming from a Rogerian argumentation background. Clearly, there is an issue between people of the pro-life and pro-choice factions. And what sucks is how offended somebody would get at even being classified that way, but again, not the point.
My question, though, is why does this poster not make sense for those against gun ownership? Obviously, I know there are different issues here at stake, but if there is a similar underlying problem, wouldn’t this poster make sense?
For example, this poster is mocking the idea of abstinence as a solution to unplanned pregnancies, abortion, rape, what have you (albeit, in a pretty passive aggressive manner, if you ask me). The analogy here is that abstinence (aka, “banning sex”) is like banning life jackets. Both activities (sex and swimming) are dangerous, and therefore, the pro-life’s idea of abstinence (and, hand-in-hand, the free democritization of birth control) is like taking away people’s option for a life jacket if they want to go swimming. But you probably already knew that. I’m just reminding you. My point is (and again, unapologetically, I understand that there are different issues at stake here), if this poster is arguing that a blanket solution—aka a ban on sexual activity (abstinence)—is, ideally, not a good thing, then why is banning guns any better? By this poster’s basic logic—its underlying principles—banning activities that might include risks is overall a bad decision.
And even better, I’ll throw in a positive aspect that I like about this poster. Even if you disagree with its message about how blanketing over an issue with a ban is inherently wrong, it’s also arguing for education.I can’t make this more clear. Education is what prevents these issues in the first place. It takes a little humility, sure, but it’s worth it. Why not educate people effectively andtruthfully about guns the same way these people want to educate people about abstinence and sexual activity and birth control???
There’s plenty of room for more here, and I’ll probably add it later. I just wanted to get this out of my head and onto the screen.
So where are all these clever poster people right now? We’re all waiting for your next graphic design project. No, really. I am.
Unless you banned those, which seems to contradict something…