Saturday, February 26, 2011

781-GUNS (Gun Weekend, Part 1)

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781-GUNS

Much of the world knows that a lot of America is gun happy. I won't try to assess the psychology and sociology of it - frontier spirit, traditions of hunting for food, fierce individualism, the thrill of packing big heat, all that stuff. In my state, Missouri, you can carry a concealed weapon into most places (like, um, church or a baseball game) as long as you pass a simple background check. As you walk down the street, you have no way to know who is armed.

I've shot a gun a couple of times. Once in college, plonking beer cans with a 22 on a Vermont farm. In recent years, taking a shotgun from my in-laws in Kansas, trying (unsuccessfully) to hit clay pigeons. I did get a tree straight on, though. I don't want a gun. I don't like guns. Guns are for shooting people and animals. Peace to all our brothers and sisters, I say.

The place above is on Manchester between Hampton and Kingshighway. There will be another STL gun photo tomorrow.

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8 comments:

Mo said...

I have to admit I do not understand the gun culture of America.

Birdman said...

Quite a contrast from yesterday... flute and now guns. They are a way of the world.

cieldequimper said...

Though I can understand the frontier spirit, it's hard for any European to believe you'd want to walk down the street with a gun.

Virginia said...

I'm with you B. You do get around is all I have to say. I need to get out more, but I might need a gun for some places! :)
V

samizdat said...

Militant individualism. An ignorance of, and disdain for, your fellow human being, bordering on sociopathic pathology; a narcissistic ideology characterized by the delusion that you, as an individual, are an entity, an island, if you will, unto yourself.

Nathalie said...

I don't mind people practising at shooting ranges as long as their use of guns is limited to that.

U "R" Us said...

Ooh, love that 2nd one... Nice B&W vignette thing.

Hollie said...

Love that picture. Looks real country.