Broadening gun culture's tools of propagation through idea theft
It doesn't work because the framing around trans rights is that they protect something that a person *is* and not merely what a person *does.* You can't adopt that same framing with gun ownership, it's a fundamentally different *kind* of individual liberty. Anyone who hates AR15SH can ban simply guns in the library (if they're not already) the same way they already ban guns in your local post office or courthouse, without messing with any questions about whether you are suppressing a sincere form of personal expression, or worse, a key aspect of personal identity inseparable from the person.
This is aside from the other objections about how it won't work simply because you're trying to do a 5GW cultural victory in a world where your opponent controls the propaganda machine necessary for a 5GW cultural victory. You live in a world where setting fire to a police station is a peaceful protest, definitely not terrorism, and millions of dollars in bail funds and legal aid are standing by to ensure that you face no consequences for it, but taking an unguided tour through the capitol gets you locked up for years without charges while every single entity nominally devoted to civil liberties and justice system accountability, who will stick their necks out for actual murderers, looks the other way.
As the saying goes, the master's tools will not dismantle the master's house
Y'all got any more of that there normalization?
This would be best done by private schools or charter schools who take kids to an outdoor setting, like a gazebo or park or creek. Much harder to freak out and ban the practice than if its being done in a library. Just kids in a field (which kids love outdoor school days) and a guest reader who has an unloaded firearm. I see no way for government action to ban or encroach on this practice
Related: I've often thought of the similarity between sex ed and gun ed. How if you were to go to a school board and propose a gun education course, the very same people who support sex ed and ridicule the prudes will turn right around and use the exact same prude arguments against gun education. The counter arguments are identical as well.
I cannot believe you said "AR-15 battle rifle".
Except it feeds the egregores.
I feel an essential rule at this point should be: DON'T FEED THE EGREGORE
That falls under what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
This seems so alien. I had a toy M-16 when I was a kid.
My inclination would be to put an end to this story time nonsense. Host a few Joe Camel Storytimes for the benefit of kids who identify as cool. Dialog will commence...
(Smoking is more reversible than puberty blockers.)
Could also be a shooter in a Creedmoor Hardback reading while seated on a range cart/shooting stool with their CMP rifle, or 3 Gun shooter in their range kit. Nothing against Hawaiian shirts, though.
Not sure I'd really say Drag queens normalize trans. It's more a caricature of feminine behaviour. It's a better framing for their side than most I've seen though. It's about as extraneous a thing as an AR would be at a story hour, so it probably would end up being a pretty good analogue.
The weird lumping of disparate behaviours that happens with LGBTQ+ just confuses everyone. How it holds together as a coalition is beyond me.
A funny idea in the abstract, but it wouldn't work. The progressive left doesn't really respond to shaming (they don't feel shame) or accusations of hypocrisy (they don't care, plus they control the media channels so there's no one to call them out.) The left would scream about white supremacy and domestic terrorism, the media would happily amplify the screeching, and the politicians would line up to denounce those crazy gun nuts.
Funny. Though I don't think the media reaction as you lay it out would actually put anyone into a bind. If anything has been true over the last 5 or so years it is that principles and hypocrisy aren't words that mean anything to the media any longer.
So the fact the same points and counterpoints could apply to either side of this debate with people changing hats doesn't matter. Nothing more than "they're different" is necessary.
Obviously this is about values. What should schools and public libraries be responsible for communicating to the nation's children?
Are you reading my mind? I've been trying for months to explain to any progressives that will listen why cultural conservatives are so bothered by DQSH by asking them "how would you feel if a guy in camo with an AR-15 wanted to read Dr. Suess to your kids at the library?"
Unfortunately, it won't work. As somebody already quite succinctly pointed out, you can't dismantle the master's house with the master's tools. More specifically, looking at your hilarious infographic, the second anybody says "there's nothing wrong with guns, why do you have a problem with this", the mainstream media will dismiss them as insane, dangerous radicals. The sentence "there's nothing wrong with guns" makes absolutely zero sense to somebody who didn't grow up shooting them.
I personally don't think there's anything wrong with either drag queens or guns. I'm a man without a country.
There's one problem with the idea of AR-15 story hour: one has to remember one is dealing with Leninists, who have no trouble at all supporting and defending DQSH while simultaneously condemning and opposing ARSH, sneering all the while at one's bourgeois morality.
I love the idea of AR-15 Story Hour. But honestly, it should probably be Machine Gun Story Hour. The acronym MGSH is a bit better than AR15SH, IMO.