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ShootersMyths and Realities of America's Gun Cultures$
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Abigail A. Kohn

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150513

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150513.001.0001

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Tough Americans

Tough Americans

(p.103) 6 Tough Americans

Abigail A. Kohn

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of toughness in gun culture in the U.S. Americans have long prided themselves on their toughness. Tough men in American history and characters of fiction and film all invoke images of an American character that included strength and determination. This chapter suggests that it is not surprising that guns should be linked to these values, as guns have long been associated with all of those characteristics in American history and its contemporary mythic rendering.

Keywords:   toughness, gun culture, U.S., American character, strength, determination, guns, American history

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