Tuesday April 12, 2016
Even President Obama cries about it: that's how entrenched mass shootings in the U.S. have become. Yet gun culture remains stronger than ever, both in America and in Canada. A.J. Somerset is a Canadian journalist and gun enthusiast, and a critic of what he calls "nutty" gun culture. His book is called Arms: The Culture and Credo of the Gun. He joins host Paul Kennedy in conversation, together with Mohawk thinker Dr. Taiaiake Alfred, who directs the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria; and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, activist and author, Christopher Hedges. **This episode originally aired January 7, 2016.
HIGHLIGHT CLIP: A.J. Somerset on gun culture in the U.S. and Canada
"I like guns. That's a difficult admission, as if confessing to some kind of perversion, though it ought not to be. People like all kinds of things: cars, sailboats, acoustic guitars.
Nobody has to justify liking these things, as I am continually asked to justify liking guns. My reason is simple: shooting is fun. But people are likely to think you're weird for liking guns, which is why it's a difficult admission. In their eyes, you become one of those gun nuts. And although I like guns, I do not like gun nuts."
-- A.J. Somerset
Arms:The Culture and Credo of the Gun is published by Biblioasis.