US Olympic shooters caught in political crossfire on guns [via bellinghamherald.com] would have you believe that our Olympic shooters face derision from their friends and society in general. While I don’t dispute the evidence presented, these athletes are hardly part of an invisible minority. They have the full support from The People of the Gun, who form a significant part of American culture. So . . .
Regardless how our shooters fare in the Olympics — and we’re delighted that WVU Champion shooter Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal for the U.S. in Rio — is American gun culture in ascendency, decline or stasis? There are two seemingly incompatible trends: more guns sold and carry permits granted vs. more gun control in states like California and constant calls for gun control from Democrats, including presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Who’s winning?