The "gun" subject has been run into the ground. I have to admit, I was itching to write a letter but decided that some very good arguments had been made. Then on April 27, the Post-Gazette ran a front-page story "Gun Sales at Record Levels." Oh please! Gun-owners are buying more guns.
Is there really a reason for this? Hunters and law-enforcement notwithstanding, does an ordinary citizen need more than one or two guns? Maybe he imagines himself with a gun in each hand, Clint Eastwood style, going after the bad guys. That's a generous thought and, I'm sure, totally inaccurate.
Everyone knows, of course, that gun owners are afraid their guns will be taken away from them. So they buy more. Buying more weapons and stashing them away means there are more dangers at hand in households where there are children. That's a proven fact. And with the present state of the economy, how does a man justify spending money on guns when he already has a supply of them?
Maybe I just have the wrong picture in my mind. But I curdle at the thought of a guy with a stockpile of guns. That's not a masculine image.What is manly, though, is a man who doesn't own a gun. I guess that's becoming a rare breed.