This is a guy in a Virginia bar have a few beers with his mates.
Yes, indeed that is a pistol of some kind poking out of his jeans.
Overseas people like me view picture this with a mixture of (a.) amusement (b.) unease.
I certainly would not want to be in a room with a bunch of intoxicated guys carrying weapons designed to kill everyone in that space.
Yet, Americans view this as being part of their DNA, be it a mutant gene of some sort.
Like an out-of-control alcoholic the way to solve any issue is to go out and drown their sorrows.
In light of Sandy Hook we have some Americans now wanting teachers to be armed.
Why not go the whole hog and arm the kids?
Make it compulsory for everyone?
Tourists could be given lessons on how to kill (American for ‘self defence’) on arriving at LAX, JFK etc.
To elaborate on the analogy of the drunk, unless you can first accept you have a problem with alcohol you can’t solve the issue.
Americans can’t accept as a country they have a problem with guns, cling on to a piece of paper that was penned when Red Indians roamed the plains, bears the forest outside their door and when the local sheriff was a day horse-ride away.
There is much to admire about America’s libertarian ethos, but the countries gun culture is frankly dangerous.
I am proud to live in a country where even the Police don’t carry guns in the normal course of their duties.
I enjoy going to my regular pub and having a beer without having to pack a gun.