You cannot make this stuff up

You cannot make this stuff up   

by digby

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A man practicing his open carry right was robbed of the gun he was openly carrying.

William Coleman III was robbed of his Walter- brand P22 [sic] just after 2:00 a.m. October 4 in Gresham by a young man who asked him for it — and flashed his own weapon as persuasion.

Coleman, 21, was talking to his cousin in the 17200 block of NE Glisan St., after purchasing the handgun earlier that day, when a young man asked him for a cigarette, police said.

The man then asked about the gun, pulled a gun from his own waistband and said “”I like your gun. Give it to me.”

Coleman handed over the gun and the man fled on foot.

Both of these people were lucky as was the cousin who could have been killed if someone decided to be a hero or a psycho. You just don't know.

Take a look at this chart. I know we are an exceptionally, super-exceptional country and all but this is outrageous. And this does not come from an act of God or some "natural right" to be armed to the teeth with deadly weapons:

I wrote about the gun proliferation zealots erroneous narrtive about Switzerland for Salon a while back. Let's just say it's a whole different kind of "gun culture".