From the gun culture of the American West, Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mt.) want to sweep away overly stringent regulations imposed by the Washington, D.C., Council after the Supreme Court struck down the city’s 32-year ban on handguns, reports the Washington Post. Washington City Council member Phil Mendelson complains that McCain and Tester are trying to impose the culture of their areas on the nation’s capital. “The national debate about guns just misses that they are very different cultures,” Mendelson said. “It’s like a psychology, a mind-set, as to how people as a group think about guns.”
The Post explores this difference in cultures. Pamela Gorman, who helped ease gun laws as an Arizona state senator and is running for Congress, frets that no one makes stylish holsters for her Glock .45 and ran a campaign ad showcasing her skills with a machine gun. The ad was mocked by MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, but Gorman says she has never flinched from backing the Second Amendment and likes to talk of bonding at the range with her 14-year-old son, Ryan, and his AR-15 rifle. In D.C., a person who wants to obtain a handgun must file forms with the D.C. police, take a five-hour safety class, undergo two criminal background checks, pass a multiple-choice exam, endure a 10-day waiting period and take the newly registered handgun to police for a ballistics test.In Arizona, a resident with no criminal record need only visit a gun shop, pick out a gun, undergo a federally mandated, computerized background check, and walk out. Arizonans can carry their weapon concealed without a permit.