"Home on the Range"
In 2018, Small Arms Survey reported that there are over one billion small arms distributed globally, of which 857 million (about 85 percent) are in civilian hands... U.S. civilians alone account for 393 million (about 46 percent) of the worldwide total of civilian held firearms. This amounts to "120.5 firearms for every 100 residents."
My father is an aficionado of the Old West, a skilled marksman, and a proponent of home defence. When I was a kid, my dad installed a cast iron bullet trap in the corner of our double-car garage, so that he could do target practice from the convenience of home. He was careful to keep his handguns locked safely away from the children in a case near his bedside, near where he also left off his artificial leg at nights. The thunderous clanging that came from the man's gun volleys in our garage must have disturbed my mother, not to mention our suburban neighbors, because the bullet trap fell silent after not too long. And there, for the next half century, the device remained at our home - part frontiersman's boast, part warning, part protective talisman. Because men are from Mars and women, they say, are from Venus, Mom never did approve.
TITLE - "Home on the Range"
WHERE - San Diego, California (2015)