I saw a pick-up truck at the public market today with a bumper sticker of a stick figure family consisting of different sized guns.
I was struck suddenly by the knowledge that such defense systems used by the pro-gun lobby- angry, blindly hateful bumper stickers- are very similar to the defense systems used by some of the faux-menacing young urban black men I walk or ride by in my neighborhood.
In almost all cases the people behind the defenses are nice people and any sincere effort to say 'hi' causes the defenses to fade out. And both sides have so much to talk about: guns, guns and more guns.
If only they knew how alike they are. I wish both sides knew how much public funding goes in to taking care of the victims of their understandable mistrust of publicly-funded authority.