The Caballero's Way, a story by O. Henry, begins with this:
The Cisco Kid had killed six men in more or less fair scrimmages, had murdered twice as many (mostly Mexicans), and had winged a larger number whom he modestly forbore to count. Therefore a woman loved him.
The operative word here, of course, is “therefore.” To kill, particularly outside your own tribe, gets a guy laid. Who’s to blame for this stupidity? Men? Women? Hollywood? TV? Hemingway? Darwin?
In any event there it is, deep in America’s amygdala and apparently inoperable. We are a nation of cowards, firing at shadows and fawning over our hired guns. With no evident sign of embarassment we are even capable of such pathetic cringes as this:
There's a national movement pushing for law students to have the right to carry guns on campus. They've even got an official acronym: SCCC (Students for Concealed Carry on Campus). The group formed in response to the VA Tech shootings last year, and currently claims to have more than 16,000 members…