Mount Airy, Maryland
I think we get it bassackwards as a society.
First we let let young people, especially boys and young men, play these gory shoot-em-up war simulation video games, largely based on algorithms that were specifically developed to desensitize new soldiers to the concept of killing, and then we present them with real firearms. We’d be a lot better off if we did it the other way around first — Introduce them to the real thing first, which will teach them how to be good cowards, that these things have real power, give you the power to end a lot of life really quickly, and are by no means toys, then after they fully grok that, then they can play these games if they want. To the extent they will still want to, they won’t have any desire to translate fiction into reality, because good cowardice will be their base instinct.
In this WaPo feature about what remains of Maryland’s rural “gun culture” (I hate that phrase, but I’m using it for the lack of a better one), toward the end, we find out about one household that did just that.