I love stereotypes.
They allow us to classify people that we’ve never met accurately by just their outward appearances, meaning that we can make sweeping generalizations about entire groups of people based upon their sex, the color of their skin, or the clothing that they wear.
Wait… that doesn’t work?
People are individuals, with widely varying motivations and experiences, with thousands or millions of tangible and intangible elements, events, and emotions coming together to forge unique personalities?
It sounds like someone needs to pass that along to Mark Morford, who does ironically seem to fit the stereotype of an angry, smugly ignorant anti-gun liberal as he attacks gun owners.
You’re a scared white person, almost certainly male. You do not live in a major city, or near a university or intellectual hub of any note, nor have you ever traveled very far from your home town, much less out of state or anywhere further than, say, Mexico. Once. And that was enough.
You do not read complicated books. You do not like new or weird things. You watch lots of TV, mostly Fox News, which rejoices in showing you endless images of angry foreigners and minorities in pain: tear gas explosions, fights in the streets, looting, this time involving sad, small-town black people in Ferguson, all of them protesting the acquittal of that murderous white cop.
Actually, the fastest growing segments of gun ownership are young, urban, and female, and in the course of my journeys as the editor of Bearing Arms I’ve learned to never guess what a gun owner might look like.
America’s 100 million gun owners are far too diverse of a group to attempt to pigeonhole.
This reality is clearly lost on Morford, who—as a gay San Francisco liberal yoga addict— is dangerously close to living as a cliche himself. Amusingly, he doesn’t see his near-total immersion in a tiny isolated subculture with little tolerance or diversity of thought as being intellectually stifling. He honestly seems to think that he’s educated and enlightened.
Then again, what do you expect from a New Age fanboi who lovingly gushed that then-candidate Barack Obama was an “enlightened being” and a “lightworker.”