Gun-toting soccer moms a scary thought in D.C. area, but not out west
By Fredrick Kunkle
PHOENIX -- In the red rock and sand of the Arizona desert, just past the retirement villages and golf greens that have made this sun-worshipping city famous, sits the biggest public shooting range in the United States.
Not far away are the Wal-Marts where Arizonans pay Sun City retirees to wait in line when a new ammo shipment arrives, lest the supply run out. Residents have the right to carry handguns openly, and starting last month residents who have no criminal records and are at least 21 also are able to carry concealed weapons just about anywhere, without the bother of getting a permit...............
Is this the culture we want?
The writer is executive director of CT Against Gun Violence, based in Fairfield.
But, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, a gun in the home is more likely to be used against friends, family, and members of the household than it is against an intruder.
The gun culture is becoming more visible in many ways. Gunowners are carrying guns openly at presidential appearances, at candidate rallies, at Starbucks.
Is this the culture we want?....................