Does America Have a Gun Culture?

In 1971 I was helping my great-uncle Ben run his Smith & Wesson law enforcement wholesale business in South Carolina. In addition to selling uniforms, guns, ammunition, and holsters to cops, we also did a pretty good business selling guns to any retail customer who walked into the store.

One morning, three different customers walked in and asked to buy a Smith & Wesson Model 29, the six-inch, 44-magnum…

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