Looking at Americans - with their guns - as exotic creatures
Ever read about what passes for normal in some other country, and you shake your head in disbelief that your fellow human beings could be that way?
Islamist fundamentalism certainly invites such a reaction, as when we read or hear about the gang rape of a young women for her supposed indiscretions. The same for sectarian violence, whether in India, Pakistan, Israel, or Egypt.
Or perhaps it's drug permissiveness, or readily available nude beaches which provoke such a reaction.
Consider then how many people outside the U.S. perceive America's still widespread use of capital punishment -- or the widespread acceptance of guns, and celebration of the gun culture, especially in the states of the old Confederacy.
I believe Ben Franklin said, paraphrasing, that America created a new breed of people, Americans, tougher, not as refined, etc., as our cousins in Europe, so yes, many of us are of European descent, but are NOT European.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 5:39pm
The irony here is that while every culture has it quirks, our gun obsession is daily grist in news reporting. So, while we have a generalized understanding of foreign cultural quirks, those outside this country have an all too vivid appreciation of our gun fascination.
I can't even begin to imagine their befuddlement at our imability to stop mass killings, or intra-family killing, or suicide by gun. I suspect the solution, for them, is obvious.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 8:32pm
Widespread use of capital punishment? They barely use it anymore. Even Texas has gone soft.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 7:30pm
As the dictator Obama says, we TEA party folks "cling to our guns and bibles".
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