For some reason, the media often highlights the fact that people who oppose gay marriage or abortion own guns. OK, we know the reason: if you want to marginalize mainstream opposition to social “progress,” demonization is the way to go. People with guns are scarier than people without guns—at least to the people without guns. An unarmed “extremist” just doesn’t have the same oomph as some Bible-bashing bumpkin with an AR. Remember Barak Obama’s famous campaign remark about unemployed people “clinging to their guns and their religion”? If he’d said “clinging to their internet forums and religion” the crack would’ve lacked a suitable BMF (Base Motivation Factor). Even if it’s true—social conservatives are gun clingers—does it matter? Are gun rights and social conservatism joined at the hip?