Polemics & Exchanges

Don't Call It Ugly

When reading Prof. James O. Tate’s review of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun (“Caring About the Glock,” September), I kept hoping that he would have recited the key statistic that makes guns so beloved and embedded in America’s history and culture: Each year guns are used some two million times to prevent a crime from happening, versus some 450,000 times when guns are used to commit a crime.  Author Paul M. Barrett and reviewer Tate might believe that the Glock is “ugly,” but to millions of American gun owners, their Glock represents a beautiful and logical choice for personal and family protection.  Politicians really love guns, too, for the exact same reason, which is why they all have bodyguards that carry them.

—Robert Bland

Darien, IL

Professor Tate Replies:

I acknowledge the point of the usefulness and the moral probity of gun possession, as did the author of Glock, Paul M. Barrett.  As for “ugly,” that did not come to mind when I recently saw photos of Bonnie Parker’s Colt Detective Special .38 and Clyde Barrow’s 1911 Army Colt .45, as they are coming up for auction.  Those are some lookers, but are expected to cost over $150,000...

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