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My good friend Michael Bane has an interesting podcast up this week, talking about American gun culture and how that culture is perceived in American media. On the podcast, he compares an article in Forbes by Elizabeth Macbride, which claims that guns in America are mainly used as a political virtue signal to others who have a certain belief in the American dream, with a blog post which talks about how guns mean many things in America, but one of the biggest reasons why guns are so popular is because they’re so much fun to shoot.
And they are.
However, there is an element of truth to the idea that owning a gun is a sort of virtue signal, especially in today’s world where such things seem to be so complex. A “Blue Lives Matter” bumper sticker is seen a logical and necessary way to counteract the “Black Lives Matter” movement, and the circles in a Venn diagram of people who more than one AR-15 rifle and those who have a Gadsden flag on their rear window does tend to overlap somewhat.