The Myth of America’s “Gun Culture”

Part of a “letter to the editor” found on the back of an old picture in a thrift store…minuteman

Dear editor, it is said that the British are coming to Lexington and Concord to take our guns away.  They can have my guns when they pry them from my cold dead fingers.

A minuteman,

Lexington MS

Part of a real “letter to the editor” from the NYT…

Oct 9 2015

In the 1940s and ’50s the National Rifle Association was a shooting sports safety organization. Today, it is nothing more than a shill for the gun industry. I have no problem with law-abiding citizens owning firearms, but our country’s fascination and preoccupation with guns, particularly military-style weaponry, is ludicrous.

Our problem is not solely the abundance of guns and easy access to them, but, even worse, the “gun culture” that pervades our society.


Santa Fe, N.M.

Dear Mr. Allen,

The problem isn’t a gun culture, but a lack of awareness that there are modern enemiesanwar al awlaki who threaten our freedom, and our lives.  Once you become aware of the threat, a gun becomes  a tool for survival.  If your life depends on having a gun, a gun makes sense.

clevelandWhen you need a gun, nothing else will do.  You will not own a gun because you have a “gun culture” but because you have become attached to living freely.  Even the lowly .22 could have been a game changer for  Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, or Gina Dejesus.

The question is not, should there be guns, but “who will have the monopoly of force”?  The British crown believed that it owned the monopoly of force.  The patriots thought otherwise.  Today, the fascists who parade as progressives think they should have the monopoly of force.  Again, patriots think otherwise.

The correct nomenclature for the culture of patriots is “freedom culture”, not “gun culture”.  America does not have a gun culture, she has a freedom culture…which patriots will protect with their guns.