One thing that should also be mentioned about the Empire coming home - overlooked because a lot of progressives are unfamiliar with guns and the gun culture - is that the gun culture we have, here at home, has also been militarized. Very few gun shops can remain in business by selling classic sporting guns, now. They rely, heavily, on sales of legal-to-own military style, high capacity semi-automatic weapons, both rifle and pistol. The lion’s share of space in most gun shops is now devoted to these guns, with sporting guns usually relegated to a small section in the corner of the shop. Gun owners who don’t own one of these military style guns are fast becoming a minority.
One of the results of this militarization of citizen-owned guns, of course, is that any attempt to restrict access to these guns or restrict magazine capacity meets with staunch resistance in the gun community and, indeed, just leads to a run on sales of these guns. Gun stores cash-in, big time, when talk turns to restricting these guns. Very common guns in homes all across the country, now.