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Clarifying America's Gun Culture

MilShooter Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 6:02 PM
Ericynot, while I suspect (know for certain) that our words and reasoned arguments won't change your mind, many people, me included, view your opinions with amused disdain. Facts argue directly against all of your talking points. To us, you are nothing more than a potential victim. When you are attacked in a dark parking lot at the mall, your cell phone dialing 9-1-1 will only alert the police as to the location of your corpse. In a recent "townhall" meeting with our local State Police commander, he encouraged everyone to own a firearm, to become proficient in its use, and to practice frequently. Why did he encourage us to arm ourselves? Because his troopers would never arrive in time to save us.

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...