In response to my earlier post on the assault weapons ban, I was asked by Barry, a regular reader:
What is the strong correlation between evangelistic Christianity and gun fandom? IT seems that there should be none, however, the correlation is strong
Barry, I agree that the attachment that many conservative Christians feels for their guns is very puzzling. This is especially puzzling for those who want guns for hypothetical warfare with their own government - the exact scenario Jesus faced when he accepted crucifixion.
I think most people's religion is really a tribal religion, syncretized with elements of more universalistic world religions. This goes for nationalistic Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Confucianists, as much as for nationalistic Christians. In these cases, I believe they envision themselves as "good guys with guns" who will protect the tribe against "bad guys with guns". And, of course, the latter usually imagine the same about themselves.