By Larry Fyffe
Quintessential to Americana be the issue of gun ownership. Of this fact, singer/songwriter Bob Dylan is well aware:
Guns have their good points – they come in handy when seeking revenge in a fictional narrative involving a love triangle:
Likewise, guns are rumoured to be a useful tool with which to make money:
And the truth of the matter is that most outlaws of the old West were misunderstood rebels who were forced to carry guns for their own protection:
Be warned, however, that killing people with guns may bring on feelings of remorse when the gunman gets older:
Remember that it’s always wise to carry an extra gun when you’re on the run with your sweetheart in a tale of romance:
To express their anti-authoritarianism in modern times, gangsters carry guns and use them, though they too may later show remorse:
Most important of all, without guns there’d still be slavery in America:
Worry not – if there’s any racial injustice today when someone gets blasted away by a gun – the truth will out:
Funny though it may be, owning a gun is important for self-defence in America regardless of whether or not there is any reasonable apprehension of danger:
Finally, a gun makes a good simile in reference to a lovers’ quarrel; whether the quarrel be real or imagined, a shot of love will settle things quite nicely:
Next time around, we’ll take a look at the bad side of owning a gun.
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