“I suppose what really baffles me is that I can’t think of a single reason why a civilian needs to own a military-grade weapon, apart from being a monstrous arsehole. Target practice and hunting is what they all say – a legitimate sport and way of life respectively – but we know it is more than that from listening to enthusiasts talking at gun shows . . .
I once met a guy who said he had invented a force field that would protect people in their homes and thus obviate the need for personal firearms. I told him I thought he’d overlooked one thing: that people love their guns. Perhaps it is no more complicated than that.” – Emma Brockes, Why do people cling to their guns? We need to get inside their minds [via guardian.co.uk]