Tuesday, February 01, 2005

listening to BBC

an old tradition vanishing in Texas - that was a BBC world service report I was listening to. No it wasn't cowboys or lasso competitions, I guess people still eat beef but... the tradition of carrying guns.
The interview subject - the owner of a gun store in Dallas. The conversation was quite funny, as if the BBC journalist and the store owner had been from two different planets. For example, the journalist's irony was completely lost on the Texan fella when the former said that the only other place with so many guns he'd been to was Afghanistan.
Then the owner complained that the tradition is fading even in his own family. His kids don't want to have guns. "I'm making too much money" he said.


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