First of all, a lot of Americans have paranoid personality disorder. People with this disorder absolutely refuse to admit that they have it, because the attempt is an assault upon the very fear that protects them from the Other. Consequently, we have millions and millions of paranoid freaks who don’t feel safe unless they have a garage full of automatic weapons.
Secondly, America is a violent country. It’s not the most violent country (it’s somewhere in the middle of the top 50), but it’s violent enough. Americans are schizophrenic when it comes to law and order: conservatives scream about the need for more punitive laws, while another large portion of the population is so anti-authoritarian that they completely mistrust the Government, unless it’s punishing social deviants. This country is fecked.

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