Forthcoming in September, 2015:
The culture and credo of the gun
What if the only thing more dangerous than a gun is an idea?
It’s not such a far-fetched claim, being embodied in the old saw that the pen is mightier than the sword. Guns kill, but guns kill most when they are powered by bad ideas. Perhaps, if guns don’t kill people, then neither do people kill people. Perhaps bad ideas kill people.
What is it about America that makes its people go armed? Why do Americans, uniquely, own almost one gun for each man, woman, and child in the country? Why does America alone among Western democracies license its people to carry handguns concealed about their persons? Wherein lies the romance of the gun, and why is it creeping into Canada?