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BUDDHIST Packing Pistol Shows America's Warm Embrace of Guns
Bad news: polls show handgun ownership is becoming much more accepted in the US, even by groups once staunchly anti-gun: "women, liberals, gays, college kids".
Robin Natanel, a Buddhist and a Tai Chi instructor, got a James-Bond-style pistol to protect herself after an ex-boyfriend broke into her home when she was away. Reports say she is indicative of a trend toward mainstream acceptance of handgun ownership, and a feeling that life isn't safe anymore, "even as violent US crime rates fall". "Twenty years ago, 76% of women felt [as Natanel used to: no one should have handguns], and 68% of all people in the country were wary enough of firearms of any kind to tell Gallup pollsters that they backed laws more strictly limiting their sale. In October, a Gallup poll found a record low support for a handgun ban--at 26% among all, and 31% among women.
The surge [in approval of gun ownership]has been propelled by shifting politics and demographics that have made it easier and more acceptable than at any time in 75 years for Americans to buy and carry pistols. Post 9/11 fears seem to be a factor, as has been the relentless pro-gun politicking of the National Rifle Association and marketing, particularly to women, by handgun manufacturers. Events like last Thursday's shooting at Virginia Tech contribute to a feeling the world is not a safe place..."
full article at:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-09/buddhist-packing-bond-pistol-shows-american-warm-embrace-of-guns.html
Could any Buddhists here see themselves owning a handgun, or any gun?