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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 02:12 PM

Reason people buy AR-15 type guns is similar to the reason why people buy Huge SUVs... [View all]



Its been shown that SUV's are LESS safe compared to cars. When you include the probability of rollovers - its more likely that you will be hurt in one rather than in a humble car. But people continued to buy them, despite evidence to the contrary to the most cited reason viz.. " I want to feel safer" ...(a trend that continued until they got slammed by high oil prices).

A psychologist ( I forget his name) did a study ( that included the subjects being interviewed in partial state of sleep) and came to the conclusion that the reason people bought the vehicles was that the increased ground clearance gave them a feeling of superiority on the roads .. and that subconscious emotion was the main driver of the decision, more than any rational reason they gave when fully on guard.

My guess is that having a gun appeals to some reptilian primal instinct that is beyond all the prefrontal cortex reasoning that you can come up with .

I think we need to factor this while having a conversation with those gun totting reptiles ...

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