Don't Forget your Full Metal Jacket! Maternal Perspectives on American Gun Violence

Luke Batty, Gonzaga University

Abstract

According to Celinska (2007) and Moore (1994) the gun-control debate is namely a contention over individualist versus collectivist values. Two separate cultures have emerged in the discussion of gun legislation: pro-gun individualists and pro-legislation. However, the cultural norms and views of these two sides are not mutually exclusive. Through critical discourse analysis, both collectivist and individualist persuasive materials have relied on the ethos of mothers and the maternal responsibility to protect and nurture. However, individualists advocate education for gun safety and personal responsibility; collectivists support the use societal structure through laws to maintain safety. Though the methods differ, both cultures share a common desired end. Therefore, Heifetz’s theory of leadership as the facilitation of loss (2004), to recognize each cultures’ views, and Burns’ theory of adaptive leadership (1979), to establish new cultural norms, could possibly assist repair sequences and navigate towards a compromise in the debate on gun control.

 
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Don't Forget your Full Metal Jacket! Maternal Perspectives on American Gun Violence

Robinson 210

According to Celinska (2007) and Moore (1994) the gun-control debate is namely a contention over individualist versus collectivist values. Two separate cultures have emerged in the discussion of gun legislation: pro-gun individualists and pro-legislation. However, the cultural norms and views of these two sides are not mutually exclusive. Through critical discourse analysis, both collectivist and individualist persuasive materials have relied on the ethos of mothers and the maternal responsibility to protect and nurture. However, individualists advocate education for gun safety and personal responsibility; collectivists support the use societal structure through laws to maintain safety. Though the methods differ, both cultures share a common desired end. Therefore, Heifetz’s theory of leadership as the facilitation of loss (2004), to recognize each cultures’ views, and Burns’ theory of adaptive leadership (1979), to establish new cultural norms, could possibly assist repair sequences and navigate towards a compromise in the debate on gun control.