Political Signage

It’s protest art in a different style.

As of yet, I’ve stuck to covering paintings, posters, graffiti, and street art. But there’s a whole other world of political and protest art out there in the form of metal signs, bumper stickers, buttons, t-shirts, etc. The genre is positively teeming with variety.

This metal sign (i.e. a part of the ‘other world’ of protest art) was spotted in the Fredericksburg General Store in Fredericksburg, Texas, my hometown.

This sign was spotted in the Fredericksburg General Store in Fredericksburg, TX. While the store houses mostly antiques and nostalgic memorabilia, it also has a small collection of political signs and wall-hangings, mostly conservative in nature.

Citing a paraphrased version of the second amendment to the U.S. constitution, (the actual amendment reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”) the sign reflects heated arguments over the issue of gun control in American politics.

Unmistakably created to protest regulation of firearms, the sign’s latter half employs a condescending tone which intends to call out the opposition on their ignorant misinterpretation of the second amendment.

While the second amendment appears straightforward, its meaning has been a subject of debate for centuries and regulation of firearms remains a hot topic in politics.

The National Rifle Association (NRA), founded November 17, 1871, has long been considered America’s foremost defender of Second Amendment rights. While the NRA was not initially a lobbying organization (it only formed its Institute for Legislative Action in 1975), it is a major political force today. The NRA is staunchly opposed to any firearms regulation and favors civilian control over firearms.

On the other hand, those supporting gun control cite as their single most important reason the safety of individuals. Those in favor are of the opinion that implementing gun control laws would reduce the number of firearms-related accidents, prevent guns from landing in the wrong hands, and regulate who gains ownership of guns.

As for the sign, Fredericksburg General Store owners Ron and Donna Nordstrom say it’s a store favorite.

“It’s a popular buy among locals and tourists,” Mr. Nordstrom said. “With the amount of hunting that goes on around here, it’s no surprise that residents and visitors alike support the sign’s message.”

Fredericksburg, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, is widely regarded a prime destination for hunters across the state.

The General Store, one of many unique shops to grace Fredericksburg’s Main Street, boasts a wide selection of quality souvenirs, collectibles, toys, candy, and nostalgic items. While it is not home to large number of political art pieces, it does house a few, mostly conservative in nature.

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