Excuse me, Officer…Where are the gun shops??

Well, I didn’t say it, but I thought about it in jest…

Again we are back to considering Canadian perceptions of the US…

From TV (particularly), news, and the like, one often sees the US with gun (and liquor) shops on every corner, dispensing 9mm hand guns to all and sundry. One of my thoughts on visiting the US this time was, just out of curiousity, to visit a gun shop and see one of these places .

Well, perceptions lie again! No such luck to my astonishment…

In all the driving in cities and country, on small and large thoroughfairs, I did not see a sinlge ‘gun’ or even sports shop – nor a liquor store for that matter. Amazing, actually.

Granted, I didn’t look in the yellow pages to see if they were sequestored in some out of the way place – didn’t want to see them THAT badly.

But it did put to rest yet another stereotypical thought of the US and its people.

Since stereotypes go both ways, no wonder they marvel that there are no igloos in Ottawa when they come up here…

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