Kevin over at the Smallest Minority has a lengthy discussion of gun cultures and focuses particular attention on how England lost its gun culture while the US largely retains ours.
The Posse concurs that once people are so afraid of an object that they wish to see it banned altogether, there is little to be done to reverse this trend - particularly if the state wants that object to stay banned.
This is certainly the case in England and for a while looked that way in the US.
However, one of the more interesting trends in recent years has been the evolution of the American gun culture. Increasingly, firearms are becoming the province of non-traditional shooters.
Women, for example, are taking an increasing interest in guns as a means of self-defense.
Kevin quotes Abigail Kohn's book Shooters to the extent that many Americans view gun ownership as the ultimate civil right, a sign that they are finally full citizens.
The unwitting agent of part of this is feminism. Many female shooters fully buy into the notion that they are equal to men and should not have to rely on someone else to defend them.
For groups like the Second Amendment Sisters, firearms ownership (and the ability to carry one for self-defense) is the ultimate expression of personal empowerment.
This is the new face of American gun ownership. Where once it was the rugged cowboy or rural white sportsman, it is now a gay software designer concerned about high crime, or a soccer mom determined to defend herself and her children.
The NRA, to its great credit, has recognized these changes and most gun groups are working hard to cater to a new, modern generation of shooters. They prefer the Glock to the side-by-side and would rather discuss pistol stopping power than deer stalking techniques.
Can England make a similar transition?
The Posse will go out on a limb and say yes, but the time is not yet ripe.
For the UK, the issue will have to be one of personal defense, egged on by intolerable crime rates and declining public safety.
We are already hearing mutterings in this direction, but it too early yet to expect results.
The real key will be a recognition that gun control is truly ineffective if not counterproductive. The mechanism will have to be a gradual one, based on whether the laws work and whether their enforcement represents a responsible use of police resources.
This is a tough fight, but not an unwinnable one.