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Guns Stand Your Ground Art Contest

Richard Barone

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June 8th, 2012 - 08:14 AM

Guns Stand Your Ground Art Contest

“Guns Stand Your Ground” contest winner is Tommy Anderson’s photo Model 1911-A1 with six votes. Six other photos of guns came in second with 3 votes each. Model 1911-A1 depicts a Colt 45 superimposed on a U.S. flag and draped with military dog tags. Protecting Americans in WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, this venerable handgun deserves recognition as a symbol of our Second Amendment right to bear arms. But the artwork does not address the issues of responsibility that are raised by this contest. The right to bear arms is indispensable, but it doesn’t give one the right to break the law. The painting “To Smuggle” by Cliff Spohn is a work of art that deserves careful attention in this regard. Guns look legitimate in the foreground, but undisclosed on the horizon they become criminal. Guns are used by criminals to attack rights, by police to defend rights, and sometimes by politicians to undermine rights, e.g., Fast and Furious operation scandal. Artists should know that aesthetics is not a sine qua non for art.

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