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READER COMPLAINS ABOUT ‘VIOLENT’ PHOTO OF WOMAN WITH GUN

January 31, 2012

You have to wonder what it must be like for someone when they look at the photo below and conclude that it is too violent for them, such that they would complain about it.  Here’s the story that prompted this blog entry.  Woman with gun.  And of course, the picture that so bothered a reader of The Kansas City Star:

THE GUN WIRE

The Kansas City Star

Really?  Violent?

Here is the comment I’m referring to:

“I don’t know why (editors) had to stoop to using such a low, violent photograph,” she said. “It was a cheap device to sell papers, and I don’t appreciate it.”

So the editors are doing a story on women ‘packing for protection’ and they show a woman at the range holding a gun.  She is pointed in, ready to fire.

What sort of picture would this reader rather have seen?  The picture seems perfect for the story, and everyone I’ve shown it to at the cigar shop I’m sitting in while I write this piece thinks it is a great picture.

Fortunately, other readers sounded off that they liked the picture. One reader even said that when she saw the picture, she knew she was going to like the story.

The comments that follow the story are very enlightening.  I was going to take the strict definition of ‘violent’ and break it down for this piece, but one of the comments at the end of the story did that for me.

Exact Opposite

Submitted by metacognition on January 31, 2012 – 12:36pm.

I consider the picture to be the exact opposite of violent!

See the definition of violent:

Definition of VIOLENT

1
: marked by extreme force or sudden intense activity (a violent attack)
2
a : notably furious or vehement (a violent denunciation)
b : extreme, intense (violent pain) (violent colors)
3
: caused by force : not natural (a violent death)
4
a : emotionally agitated to the point of loss of self-control (became violent after an insult)

She is poised, calm, acting in a smooth manner, looking very natural and showing no emotion. That is the OPPOSITE of violent. But why would anyone desire to be accurate…oh wait…GUN OWNERS DESIRE ACCURACY!

I agree with this.  What do you think?

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