Update on Firearms…A Fundamental Question article

Figure 1A: An example of the AR15 bushmaster, one of the images that started the argument on  firearms yet again.

Figure 1A: An example of the AR15 bushmaster, one of the images that started the argument on firearms yet again.

Recently, I received a good amount of feedback on the article. Most of it centered around the understanding that the pictures were superfluous and not necessary for the article itself and distracted from the core message. I then reread the article this morning and found the following:

1: Some pictures were indeed superfluous and not necessary for the main point of the article and were not relevant to the message contained within the text.

2. Other pictures needed a greater of explanation so that they flowed with the main core of what was written. An example was a gun that was listed as George Washington’s favourite firearm.

The writer, intending by this that the pistol was his favourite firearm, read the sentence again and understood that a reader might be confused and believe that this was actually George Washington’s gun. I therefore removed this picture and put an exact replica of the said firearm to remove any doubts from the reader’s mind.

3. I have introduced a figuring system for each picture that gives it greater relevance to the written text so that the context and accuracy of the picture can be comprehended and apprehended by the reader.

This issue is so important that some captioning is needed as:

a. people speaking about guns often have never owned them, much less seen them.

b. gun owners are to be defended and are for the vast majority of cases responsible and balanced individuals.

c. gun owners throughout history, from the first rifle until now, have been responsible for the protection of civilisations, families and freedoms that many of us benefit from and have stopped tyranny that some of us have yet to witness.

This must be defended at all times. Let us make no apology for this matter.

al-Hajj Abu Ja`far al-Hanbali

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