I would suggest it is the perfect idol for American individualism. The self-sufficient individual who can conquer everything all alone. But, then you have to guard it in case somebody else might want it!
Monday, February 15, 2016
Community? Not so much
Rather than offering a vision of community in which we are bound together by our common humanity, reverence for guns teaches two paradoxical emotions: omnipotence and fear. Omnipotence as one feels the thrill of being in charge and able to dominate others, and fear as one begins to suspect enemies or potential enemies who might want to take away one’s new-found power.—America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose, page 116