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|Nancy Lanza was a survivalist who stockpiled food and semi-automatic weapons. She believed that an economic collapse was imminent and prepared to defend herself from the resulting social chaos. Nancy included her son Adam in these activities, taking him to shooting ranges for target practice. I suspect that if she were a Salafist Muslim rather than a survivalist, we would have read it in the headlines by now. Instead, the media has all but ignored Nancy Lanza's ideological views in their coverage of the Sandy Hook shooting. Survivalism is an unremarkable detail in the life of a 'gun enthusiast', a lifestyle explained and normalized by 'gun culture'.
The US has 300 million personal firearms. No nation has more guns per capita and no wealthy nation does less to regulate them. People here don't just have guns -- we love guns and love to shoot guns. We love guns so much that within...