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Gun debate is largely a clash of city, country cultures
Americans won't give up guns easily

Date published: 2/1/2013

I PASSED a handmade sign in rural Nelson County the other day that read, "If you come for my guns, you better bring yours!"

Unfortunately, there is truth in those words. If the government ever did try to take guns away from Americans, the attempt might well erupt into a bloody civil war.

Many people in this country are as tied to their guns as an unborn baby is to his mother. They would never give them up peacefully.

Yes, they outlawed guns (citizens can still own weapons for hunting) in England, but this is not England. That country has been around for more than 12 centuries and its people have settled into a more subdued lifestyle.

The United States, on the other hand, is but a few generations from its frontier days, a time when settlers needed guns to hunt for food and protect themselves from any number of evils.

For four decades, gun control has been a hot political issue. Right now, due to the number of mass shootings in the past several years, it is sizzling. One side wants all the guns to go away; the other side wants the right to keep every weapon short of an atomic bomb.

And neither side wants to give an inch.

As usually happens these days, the battle lines have been drawn and the labels are in place. The liberals want to take our guns away; the conservatives want us to keep them.

In reality, it is not liberals and conservatives that are on opposite sides of the gun control controversy, but rather country people and city people. Country people, those closest to the frontier lifestyle, want their guns. City dwellers want to outlaw anything with a trigger.

This, of course, is not a hard and fast characterization of the gun-control factions, but it is pretty close. In down-home lingo, it is the rednecks against city slickers.

I don't have any statistics to back this up, but I would bet that, among law-abiding citizens, there are far more guns and far less crime in rural areas than in cities. Cities, however, are where more violent crime takes place.

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