Mike Daisey’s “The Story of the Gun” presented a new and interesting way to approach gun control in the U.S.: It doesn’t exist. The way the U.S. treats guns right now is not control, Daisey said. So, when discussing gun control, we are always talking about the future and what we can change.
This political and emotional issue is impossible to view without an obvious preconception. I entered the theater as a liberal arts student at UNC. If I post anything about guns on Facebook, I’m usually met with aggression from hometown acquaintances in Pinehurst, N.C., just south of Sanford. But what many of these people don’t know is that I’m also a former Army brat. My father was a Special Forces Green Beret for 28 years. My mother was an Air Force veteran who served during Operation Desert Storm, and she always won the wife shooting competitions held on the Army base where we lived.
Despite this, my parents never owned guns or brought them to the house. They always spoke of the gun’s power and offered to bring me to the range. Bringing this perspective to the performance allowed me to see things that I might have ignored had I been more biased in either direction.
Performance: The Story of the Gun
Location: Kenan Theatre, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.
Daisey pointed out the strength of political positions surrounding guns with clarity and a very middle-of-the-road point of view. Growing up in northern Maine, Daisey said everyone had guns for hunting. His father, a psychologist, would often keep guns at the request of his patients if they thought they might hurt themselves.
Once Daisey’s father left the safe unlocked, where he kept his patients’s guns, and he vividly described the way it felt to hold the instinctive and excellently designed object. He broke the seriousness of the moment by describing how male the gun is and how masculine he felt holding this weapon, which consisted of a long shaft with the ammunition stored in a lower hanging compartment.