Gun culture prevails in U.S.
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