Dave Hancock talks about his .38mm Smith & Wesson as though it were $3,800 (£1,896) of Dolce & Gabbana. “It’s light, easy and comfortable to carry,” he says, easing the snub nose pistol out of his pocket and gazing at it nostalgically. “They don’t make it in the nickel finish any more.” Hancock, who works at the Bob Moates Sports Store in Midlothian, Virginia, loves guns. Over at the handgun counter he slips out a jet black 9mm Glock 19 – the kind that Cho Seung-hui used to slay 32 of his fellow students and then himself on Monday – and hands it to me. It’s heavy, and doubtless feels all the heavier for its immediate associations. Hancock shows me how to reload the magazine. Then pulls the trigger and watches me flinch. The relationship between this weapon and the massacre that took place on Virginia Tech campus 200 miles away is not moral but functional, he insists. “They flew airplanes into the World Trade Centre, but nobody is saying we should stop flying,” he says. “They drove a truck into the building in Oklahoma with a bomb made of fertiliser but we’re not going to do away with trucks… Read full this story
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