I posted this a year or so ago on another gun board, just found the text file again. Figure it's worth saying again, slightly edited [FONT="]"Going by what I've read in newspapers, magazines, the Internet in general and this [/FONT][FONT="]board[/FONT][FONT="], there are a lot of [/FONT][FONT="][FONT="] Americans,[/FONT] gun-owning as well as not, who don't understand "the American freedom" as it applies to guns. I think it's possible that one has to grow up around guns, in a family that treats them as tools, useful as axe and saw and hammer are, and only incrementally more specialized and dangerous. Their additional utility as defensive weapons then comes as a matter of course." [/FONT] Judging by the number of guns being sold in LGSs in recent months, a lot of Americans are taking up defensive tools again.