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  •  Yes, true. (2+ / 0-)
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    Joy of Fishes, shaharazade

    I think the big change came when the gun makers (and their mouthpiece, the NRA) switched their emphasis from guns as sport (hunting, target practice) into guns for self-defense.

    That happened when hunting declined and gun makers were desperate for new markets in which to push their wares. The shift in advertising was dramatic. There was still advertising for hunting guns, but they really started pushing items like the semi-autos (handguns and weapons like the AR-15) as "self-defense" weapons.

    When I was a kid, a lot of other kids I knew hunted with their dads. I imagine a lot of that is gone now, especially as people moved from rural to urban environments over the last 50-60 years.

    We now know that the gun makers (and the NRA) don't give a rat's ass who gets a gun, as long as a gun is sold. That's why this country is flooded with handguns, and the concealed and open carry crowds fight any sort of sane restrictions on sales, tooth-and-nail.

    Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

    by Bob Johnson on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 09:03:31 AM PDT

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