America's Gun Culture and Its Effect on the 2012 Election

The author of Glock explains the rise of the handgun and where gun legislation is headed.

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[See a collection of political cartoons on the 2012 campaign.]

Is there a visible trend in gun control legislation?

The last decade or so, the pattern has been a movement toward a liberalization of gun laws, a loosening of gun laws. I don't see anything that's going to stop that pattern in the near future. I don't think you're going to see a future where there's any kind of national uniformity on these things. It's always been the case that gun ownership is more prevalent in some parts of the country than in other parts and I think that will continue. This is a gun culture. It always has been and it always will be. Our iconic images of ourselves include firearms: the minuteman standing with his musket, the cowboy with his six-shooter. This is a part of a lot of people's lives and that's not going to change.

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