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Mike Liccione


I think the explanation goes deeper. We carry guns because, in a country this vast and atomistic, we cannot assume enough moral and cultural solidarity with each other to make carrying guns pointless. The "friendliness" is not a way of keeping the guns holstered—otherwise, it would degenerate more quickly than it does—but of providing a superficial social balm in the absence of social glue.



I stumbled across your blog while I was doing some online research. I read your comments several times, and I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry. It is all so sad but so sadly true.

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