In principal, I am against this because I believe it will eventually set precedence for further bans, and I still firmly hold to the belief that the government should not be the one to decide this unless we the people vote for it. But, due to the changing times and from what is currently happening, I do feel that some level of restrictions on assault weapons should be put in place. As a gun owner myself, and former infantryman, I would love to own an assault rifle of some type but I really don’t see a need for owning one. I will not insist on owning an assault rifle solely because it’s my right. But that’s just me. I know other gun owners who refuse to give up their “right” to own an assault rifle only because they have the right yet, never own one. Personally I think that’s a little childish and a matter of confusing privileges with rights.
Well, today, I’d like to tell you about a study I read about in some science journal I read while in the DMV waiting room. Since it was the DVM, I obviously had enough time to not only read the entire article, but also War and Peace and half of Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”. (and yes, my license photo does look like I was hung over). Anyway, I found the study also applies to personal security as well as meeting new people. This study was originally conducted to determine if body language and eye contact had a significant role in meeting new people and avoiding others.
It has been said that body language accounts for up to 60 % of communication. The study in question was conducted to determine what effects eye contact and other body language has between strangers and the probability of interaction if eye contact was made or not. The results were quite amazing to me but I can also see how women could or would avoid eye contact to avoid a misunderstanding. The key in this study’s result would be body language that accompanies eye contact.
In the study, which was conducted at night, women would be asked to walk into a dimly lit parking lot to a specific vehicle to determine the effectivenes of the lighting. Unbeknownst to them, a male test subject, a neatly dressed and groomed male who was unaware the woman was part of the study, was instructed to walk across the parking from his vehicle to the business at the same time, then asked to describe the woman in parking lot.
Here’s where the results get interesting. Fourteen of the twenty women who saw the male subject walking towards them all made eye contact and acknowledged their presence with the male subjects walking towards them in the parking lot. At this point, the male researchers conclude that appearance was more likely to result in personal contact because of personal appearance and first impressions. It was at this point that a female researcher on the panel then decided to turn the tables and add another aspect to the have a peek at the link study and included a threatening looking male subject in the test. Three thug looking males with criminal backgrounds were inserted into the male roles and the test was conducted again. When the male subjects were dressed in grungy clothing and disheveled appearance, Nineteen of the twenty women avoided contact and the women either departed from the direct route or cowered during their route to their vehicle across the lot.