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  •  Perhaps "Gun Addiction" is a more useful term. (2+ / 0-)
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    RUNDOWN, greengemini

    It separates the responsible gun owners from those who NEED to have multiple, military-grade firearms, and who convulse at the merest suggestion of "regulation".

    These people have real emotional problems. I attribute it to deeply (and not so deeply) buried racism. Open Klan-style racism has gone out of fashion, so the children of those who "lost" the civil rights battles of the sixties have sublimated their fears into hostility toward "big government" and "tyranny".

    The GOP has been nurturing their fear, and the gun industry has feeding their addiction as mercilessly as any heroin dealer.

    People who want more firepower than is necessary for to hunt or deter crime are expecting some kind of hypothetical race war to reach their doorstep in their lifetime... and they intend to  prevail in such a conflict.

    Gun sales soared before President Obama was sworn in the first time. There is a connection here.

    Have you noticed?
    Politicians who promise LESS government
    only deliver BAD government.

    by jjohnjj on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:39:47 PM PST

    •  Hmm! You may well be on to something. (0+ / 0-)

      The dynamics of addiction are that no amount is enough, and there's always the drive for a more intense high.

      How would you go about researching the question?

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