snoqueen wrote:I agree about the one size fits all policy being unworkable, and I tried to say the same thing when I talked about how so many fissures in public opinion are being ignored: urban/rural, race differences, ethnic differences, sex differences, regional differences. We'll never settle this as long as we're pretending all that stuff is secondary. To imagine it is makes the urban viewpoint, the African American or Hispanic viewpoint, the women's viewpoint, and various regional viewpoints inferior to the viewpoint of the NRA and its allies. This is contrary to what I understand as the American fundamentals whether you're conservative or liberal or nothing.
^ Excellent post. Sorry to parse - quite the busy day. Also sorry to break into curse words earlier, in a mood today.
I lived in rural Wyoming and Montana as a kid and I don't think anybody who's shared a similar experience would ever venture to suggest that guns aren't a necessary part of life for people who live fifty miles from the closest police officer - or grocery store, for that matter.
At the same time, who's going to argue with Wyatt Earp, that in certain crowded semi-urban settings where cultural norms do not prevail, open carry is a little bit too much to ask for, considering the circumstances?
So to me, those are local issues.