04 March, 2010
The rural gun culture
The local Future Farmers of America helps the rally clean up the stages of the yellow banner tape we string up on the side roads. A pair of really nice kids were sent along with me. As we stopped to tear down the caution tape, I noticed .410 shotgun shells sitting on the dash of the pickup. I suspect that had they been in a metropolitan area, those shells would have raised all kinds of alarms should a law enforcement officer see them. In rural Missouri, the shells are just a part of the background. Maybe the lesson is that irregardless of locale, the perception of weapons should be treated equally.