I got a lot of neg rep a while ago for suggesting that maybe the reason why a lot of the pro gun lobby were fascinated by them for no other reason than them being an extension of their machismo, therefore ultimately having little to do with the right to bear arms. What I've found interesting is that all the talk of guns, and what makes a nice one to own, etc, comes from the men. I don't think I've ever seen a pro-gun American woman talk about carrying around a gun in public or discussing her collection. So, if one puts aside the "right to bear arms -v- gun banning" argument for a minute is it right to say that guns are often sought in the same manner as fast cars? Are they compensatory? Are they an extension of ego? Are thay a status symbol? I'm not really sure about this one since it's different over here.