On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times ran a column by Jennifer Carlson claiming that men carry guns because they are insecure over the size and sustainability of their paychecks.
The article begins by admitting the existence of studies into whether armed law-abiding citizens reduce crime, but suggests these studies do not reach to the core of the issue. Rather, the correct tact is to ask why someone is so driven to carry a gun in fist place.
Side note: the column breaks down at this point if you posit your unalienable right to do so as the reason you carry a gun.
But if you play along with the article you are told the reason men want to carry guns is because of insecurity. And the whole idea of carrying a gun was born in 1987, when Florida legalized the concealed carry of handguns as a last gasp effort to deal with a crime spree that was shutting down tourism throughout the state.
That being said, the author of the column did not travel to Florida to investigate why men carry guns, although it is allegedly the birth state of the idea, but went to Michigan instead. And there, amid the rubble that labor unions are slowly leaving behind, she found people who were spoke longingly about the way things once were.
A Flint resident named Corey said, “Before, it was all blue collar, shop workers and a little bit of welfare. Now it’s all welfare, and things are different.” And this was echoed by many other men who spoke of “Michigan’s past nostalgically, not only as a place that promised safe neighborhoods but as one in which their fathers had clear, vital roles to play. Men were entrusted with supporting their families; they made happy suburban home life possible.”