I have always had a general understanding of what the “gun culture” is and from where it originated, but I have never had to actually put it into words before, so I did a little research. America was born after the invention of the gun, so the earliest settlers in America coming to a strange land had already embraced the gun as a means of both survival and procurement of food. As the settlements grew into colonies and then into states and eventually a super-power nation, firearms made that possible through basic survival, personal defense and even revolution. In our infancy as a nation, a standing army was practically non-existent, so the “citizen soldier” or militia was our form of national defense. That concept was so ingrained in our founding that it resulted in the writing of the 2nd Amendment, which protects our right to keep and bear arms as individual citizens. Our nation was born out of revolt against tyranny and in their wisdom, our founding fathers recognized that an armed citizenry was essential to the protection of a free nation from enemies, both foreign and domestic. So, the “gun culture” has been a part of America since before it was born.