Susanne Oberhauser-Hirschoff

Project Coordinator / Manager, SUSE Linux Products GmbH
Nuernberg, Germany

About Susanne

Languages

English, French, German

Areas of Expertise

Open Source, Linux (SUSE)

Universities

Saarland University

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Susanne Oberhauser-Hirschoff
Posted almost 2 years ago
Spread the word on the "Pink Gun Law" petition
Alan, I was thinking more about this horrible incident. I think the problem there was that the gun was in reach of children. It had little to nothing to do with the color of the gun. An unsecured, real weapon must not be in reach of children, ever. So I'd be interested in your opinion whether an obligatory pink look has the potential to make guns less attractive to "the right people", i.e. those who don't handle them appropriately?
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Susanne Oberhauser-Hirschoff
Posted almost 2 years ago
Spread the word on the "Pink Gun Law" petition
As I said, pink guns support the second amendment, which essentially is what you're talking about: the right to bear guns. To protect you and to prevent tyranny. Or would you say that a gun, once painted pink, will no longer protect you? For the case that freedoms are gone, and a tyranny is in place, freedom of speech is gone, freedom of education is gone and freedom of religion is gone, I'm pretty sure The Underground (TM) won't care about gun laws (anymore). So the key question in the America of today is not tyranny, it's protection. And the question is: will a pink gun protect you?
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Susanne Oberhauser-Hirschoff
Posted almost 2 years ago
Spread the word on the "Pink Gun Law" petition
That's exactly the point: Real people who work with guns don't brag about them! People who *work* with guns exist in any country. They most of the time really are careful with the gun, with access to it, they know how harmful it can be. They usually are responsible gun owners. To them, the color doesn't matter. It's a tool, for a purpose. The core idea is the others: Will weapons loose appeal to them, if they loose the martial appearance?
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Susanne Oberhauser-Hirschoff
Posted almost 2 years ago
Spread the word on the "Pink Gun Law" petition
Ouch. Indeed, they are still weapons. Which preserves the Second Amendment, which makes the Pink Gun Law constitutional. I'm not sure whether in a very sad way, this horrible incident might even support the point: Will those with little self esteem regard pink guns as something for kids, not for "grownups"? And thus have less interest in this kind of "toys"? And find less lethal toys as appropriate way to express "greatness"?
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Susanne Oberhauser-Hirschoff
Posted almost 2 years ago
Spread the word on the "Pink Gun Law" petition
a pink AR-15 like this one :) ? http://momocrats.com/2013/01/30/moms-like-ar-15s-really/ You're describing an interesting use of color in ranges. I'm not sure that was what the petitioners had in mind though. I think it's not about making illegal guns 'visible'. I think it was about some attitude around weapons. Weapons should be a sports utility, and a last resort tool in self defense and protection. Neither of these uses needs a marked status symbol, symbolizing power, control, superiority. Those who abuse weapons brag about with them. Now. Rambo with this one: http://www.andreahasler.com/ongoing/untitled Shooting ranges and hunting and biathlon work great with pink guns. Self defence, too. Bragging? Identify yourself with that pink monster? Less so, that's the plan :)
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Susanne Oberhauser-Hirschoff
Posted almost 2 years ago
Spread the word on the "Pink Gun Law" petition
A google image search for both "pink ferrari" and "pink gun" is quite revealing :) I agree with you that the tone of pink (or other colors of a floral, light, friendly palette) merits discussion. I'd allow floral patterns of a certain predefined palette. That would also give sports guns something fashionable. Not only for the women in biathlon. Biathlon is about the mix of intense high pulse skiing and calm low pulse shooting that makes the very special challenge of this sport. The color of the device really doesn't matter. Or Hunting. Hunters I know tell me it's about the quiet, the waiting, and then later about the great taste. It's not about bragging about the cool gun. So as long as the color of the gun does not give the hunter away, who cares about the color? Contrast that with guns owned to mark strength. The Godfather screwing a pink silencer onto a pink pistol? Nah. So for that area it's a change. And looking at the google image result for pink guns, I fear the palette and the rules need to be tightly controlled. It _is_ possible to have aggressive looking pink guns :D