Why not face it? That's why we're waffling about gun control. We have such a rich and diverse gun culture. What's not to cherish? It's who we are. We like the guns, and we like be titillatingly horrified, as we sit in front of the TV with our snacks, watching the latest carnage unfold on the six o'clock news. Ohh, scarwey!!! I'm so glad I'm safe in my widdle home.
Belligerent men are everywhere in rural American places, with their NRA stickers and big dogs, their monster trucks and gun racks, their contemptuous attitudes toward anyone but themselves. It's not just the guns; it's a whole way of looking at life. Theirs is the worship of masculinity and the love of carnage with a huge helping of racism and misogyny.
Military men who just love their guns can't part with them. They come across as scary but with well kept yards, defenders of home and hearth . Don't step on their lawns or they may threaten to blow your head off. They don't usually follow through, however, but tend to suicides and family murder/suicides. They are full of death.
In the 'burbs, isolated young men play video games and tend the family arsenal, preparing for their moment of blazing glory. An affluent community gets hit, and everyone mourns. Such nice people. How could this happen? They thought they were safe. Even though gun ownership is sky-high there.
And in the cities, like Chicago and Killadelphia, the daily carnage goes on. Everyone has a gun. Going to school dodging bullets is a thrilling life experience for the young, if they survive. Then they can get their own guns and join gangs and end up in prison, if they are lucky.
That's why we have to examine the race and class and gender issues that inform every aspect of our violence-loving culture.
Gun apologists now are trying to come across as the voice of reason as opposed to hysterical mommy pants or something. But we've heard it all before. Get rid of the damn guns!! Treat every person with a gun as a threat to your survival. And identify the nut cases in your area, and since you can't control what they do, keep them away from you.
I'm not bothering with the caveats about how rural gun owners need to off farm animals and varmits. They can defend themselves. I at least have the common sense to be good and scared by dangerous people and their weapons.
I live in what is basically a rural area . I avoid people with guns. Gun culture is everywhere, and I really object to it. I am not some ignorant suburbanite wimpy housewife who does not know the score, which is how people who want constraints on gun use are often styled. There is a family situation I can't talk about.
If people feel guns are essential for their livelihood, well that's OK. But what about gun love? What's to love about a device that has only one purpose: to kill?