“we have the same conversation we always have: those damn guns and those damn people who insist on having them.” If ever there were a liberal stereotype, this is it. I found it refreshing that she was able to put aside her preconcieved ideas and how her perceptions changed during the article. On the whole, I thought it was a decent article.
The sad thing is, from the way she talks about guns, I know what kind of person she, and her “back east” friends are. I grew up with people like that. They can talk for hours about style, what is and isn’t in fashion. They can’t sew on a button. They know all about the latest green car. They can’t change a tire, and when it snows, they can’t dig thier green car (if they have one) out of a drift. These are the people that go to Alaksa on a wildlife tour, with thousands of dollars worth of name brand gear and have to be rescued, nearly dead, 1000 feet from a parking lot because they have no idea what to do when they fall down and get wet. The attitude that starts with “I don’t know anybody who’s been attacked, I don’t need to protect myself” ultimately becomes complete helplessness.
Worse yet is that she live in south west PA, a place where schools still close for the first day of buck season. Everyone in SW PA, but the author, is armed. Firearms, hunting, and shooting are part of daily life on the edge of the rust belt. My guess is that she’s never really taken time to get to know her neighbors.
Reminded me of the Antony Bourdain visits Ted Nugent show. Yes, it’s a different world, but guess what, we’re both not crazy, just different.
And shooting something full auto helps a lot, even Bourdain was grinning shooting that M60 from the hip.