Gun cul­ture pre­vails in U.S.

The Province - - EDITORIAL -

Sev­eral years ago, on a cruise to Alaska, my wife and I shared a ta­ble with two el­e­men­tary school­teach­ers from Oak­land, Calif. They seemed to fit the tem­plate of what we would want el­e­men­tary school­teach­ers to be: vi­brant, car­ing, ded­i­cated and emo­tion­ally com­mit­ted to en­rich­ing the lives of their stu­dents.

Imag­ine my shock when I over­heard them talk­ing about what cal­i­bre of hand­gun was most con­ve­nient to carry in their purses.

I have rel­a­tives in Texas who carry hand­guns, so I’m aware of the ex­tent to which Amer­ica is a gun cul­ture, but to hear two seem­ingly nice school­teach­ers talk mat­ter-of-factly about whether a .22 cal­i­bre was suf­fi­cient or if a .38 cal­i­bre was too bulky to fit in a purse was a clear re­minder of why I rarely visit the U.S. any­more and why I’m so happy to be Cana­dian. Ray Arnold, Rich­mond

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