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A cardboard cut-out of US President Donald Trump stands in front of a large banner that reads "Come And Take It," during a pro-gun rally on the sidelines of the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, US, May 5, 2018(Bloomberg)

In the US, the gun is a talisman of rugged virtue in the face of a changing world

UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2018 10:30 AM IST
The American attachment to guns has much less to do with high constitutional principle or even practical need (67% of gun owners may say they have guns “for protection,” but crime rates in America have plummeted since 1990; there is an inverse relationship between rates of violent crime and the manufacture of guns, which has grown exponentially in the last 20 years)
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