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Clarifying America's Gun Culture

ericynot Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 5:26 PM
gringo, So, more New Yorkers having guns could have averted 9/11? What could have averted it was better airport security, but Bush was too busy cutting brush in Crawford to be bothered with warnings about an al-Queda attack using airplanes. There are always dangers we cannot foresee, control, or prevent. My owning a firearm won't change that. And my sitting around worrying about the unknown (alien invasion, bird flu, meteor strike, or whatever), provided I've made provision for the most likely dangers, won't improve my life or yours.

Since NBC sportscaster Bob Costas went on his halftime anti-gun rant on Sunday using words written by Fox Sports Columnist Jason Whitlock, we’ve heard a lot from the media and from uniformed commentators about America’s “gun culture.” The fact is, America actually has two gun cultures and it is important to distinguish them from one another.  

The first gun culture is deeply seated in American history and her founding. Founding Fathers like George Washington understood that an armed citizenry would prevent government tyranny, which is why we have the Second Amendment. This is a concept rapper...