I sometimes hear people objecting to or denying the reality of gun culture in America. Some of these are people who want to undermine the strength of the gun lobby by suggesting that there is no gun culture standing behind it. Some of these are gun people who don’t like being lumped into some generic category.
To be sure, not everyone who owns a gun is a part of one of America’s gun cultures. But there are gun cultures in America that are identifiable and amenable to sociological analysis. A key aspect of any culture is its material dimension. Browsing around on amazon.com for some espresso cups to go with my new Nespresso Pixie I came across these revolver cups.
Honestly, I am a bit nervous to drink out of them because they are a cheaply made Chinese product — the SKS of espresso cups — and I worry about lead poisoning from the silver glaze on the outside. But they make a nice display/conversation piece around my office coffee maker. And they do reflect something about American gun cultures.