Interesting insights into psychological aspects of gun issues

Here are some very interesting psychological aspects related to people’s attitudes about guns (both pro and con).  Let’s use these insights to help us reduce gun violence.

This very interesting article that packs a lot into 7 pages:  https://ernestbecker.org/this-mortal-life/death-anxiety-and-gun-violence/

A different link at the same website offers smart insights into how we might use the overall principles in our organizing about guns.  See this fascinating, practical 5-page article about “Death Anxiety and Social Change”:  https://ernestbecker.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/death-anxiety-and-social-change-ernest-becker-foundation.pdf

Seven years ago I interviewed an expert about the topic for my November 2016 TV program.  I titled that episode, “Social and Political Implications of Death Anxiety.”   Here is the thorough summary I typed up about what my expert guest and I said during the TV interview:

Program Description — November 2016

The end of that document mentions the website for the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation.  That website no longer esist, but the website for the Ernest Becker Foundation is just fine.)

The basic sense of all of this is that human beings are the only species that are aware that eventually we will die.  This has been referred to as “death anxiety.”  It manifests in several ways.  Empirical research has proved that people’s awareness of their eventual deaths – even subconscious awareness – influences their behavior in surprising ways.  The 7-page article I linked at the start of this e-mail provides relevant information as this pertains to guns.

 

 

 

 

 

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org