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  •  The Totem of Guns (3+ / 0-)
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    Here in America, guns have become attached with an emotional and/or mythical significance that extends far beyond the physical object itself.  American gun owners have this attachment to their guns that is similar in many ways to the attachment Americans have to their cars.  Guns and cars both become the physical embodiment of freedom and individuality; a phsyical representation of the owner's self and personhood.

    With cars, this kind of totemic attachment to the vehicle is viewed as mildly selfish and slighly kooky.  But because of the purposefully lethality of guns, and the use of guns to injure over 100,000 Americans annually, this kind of fantasy that gun owners have regarding what their guns means to them is murderously pathological, a real mental illness of sorts.  And our nightly news keeps reminding the rest of us of the bloody results of this particular form of obsession.

    Combine this gun fantasy and obsession with the needs of a gun industry to make greater profits from the sales of more guns and ammo, and you have a deadly recipe.  Given that the gun industry, like every other industry in America, is able to literally buy the law-makers and the laws they want, and it is all to clear why we in America kill more people with our guns every year than have died in the civil wars in Egypt, Libiya, and Syria combined.

       

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 06:32:22 AM PST

    •  You start with an outright falsehood... (7+ / 0-)
      Here in America, guns have become attached with an emotional and/or mythical significance that extends far beyond the physical object itself.
      ...and continue on with your entire "argument" based on this false claim.

      You are attributing beliefs to people that they simply do not hold, based, apparently, upon your own imagination.

      If you could actually support such a claim, you might be on to something -- but you cannot.

      Yes, I often dress as a pirate. Your point?

      by theatre goon on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 06:39:06 AM PST

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      •  No "culture" around cars either (2+ / 0-)
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        Yes, just like with cars, Americans attach a special signiicance to their guns.  

        There is a gun "culture" in America, just as there is a car "culture".  There are gun "lovers" just as there are car "nuts".  We have a special mythos about the gun just as we have a special mythos about cars.  Both cars and guns have a special place in our history, our movies, our ideals, and desires and dreams,  our very thinking about who we are and what we do.

        None of that means there are not people who get in and use cars every day with no more thought about it than getting a glass of water, just as there are plenty of people who have guns and never talk about those brave settlers who used their flintlocks and hunting skills to defeat an entire british army and founded a nation.

        "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

        by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:04:29 AM PST

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    •  Blanket slurs and lies, then cries 'martyr!" nt (4+ / 0-)
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    •  "a real mental illness, of sorts" (2+ / 0-)
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      theatre goon, oldpunk

      "of sorts". Boy, that sure does make your diagnosis sound "real".
      Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.

    •  Psychobabble. (1+ / 0-)
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