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  •  A note on fear and weapons (7+ / 0-)

    The reason these people feel the need to carry weapons around everywhere is that they feel fear.

    For a war veteran, especially a Vietnam or Iraq veteran, this is understandable. Fighting a guerrilla war, where the people you're supposed to shoot and the people you're not supposed to shoot look and dress the same, tends to induce a lot of paranoia. You don't have to take my word for it; ask a veteran.

    But for everyone else, it's just plain fear. I know this because I've felt it myself. I had to fight to overcome it. I studied and trained. Finally, I didn't feel the need to carry a knife or sword with me.

    At least, I hope it's fear.

    The alternate explanation is that these people simply think that guns are cool toys. If that's the case then they're just kids playing with fire.

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