manolo wrote:Simple Minded wrote: Oh well, my culture is different from theirs.
and the days of celebrating diversity are long gone......
To some, gun owners are the new niggers, to others it is motorcycle owners.
I think that not only is the gun issue highly localized, it is very much a rich vs. poor issue. Like the crossbow before it, guns are equalizers. The rich had armored trained knights on armored trained horses, POTUS has the Secret Service, the Kennedy have compounds with paid armed security, the poor person buys a cheap pistol. It would be interesting to poll gun sentiment and filter it by both income/net worth and location. I'll bet the high dollar zip codes are elitist.
As we have discussed before the "we" vs. "me" controversy is eternal (& entertaining, to me). And in the name of "the common good," almost any stomping of an individual who just doesn't get it and therefore doesn't conform, can be justified. IE: your motorcycle accident and banning motorcycles outright, or just forbidding old-farts from owning motorcycles.
Localized culture is why all politics is local. Fascinating to hear opinions from the non-locals regarding the culture with which they are not familiar.
Back on the home planet, in grade school we recited the old Indian poem about not judging others until we have walked a mile in their moccasins. Corny huh? Now micro-aggressions are proof of one's chic elitism......