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Hawai'i: Gun Slinging in the USA


It's a weird thing to see all the shops and stores in Waikiki that cater to the foreign caricatures of what the United States is like.

This shop selling leather cowboy gear is the last thing I would expect this far from Texas, but there it is.

More disturbing to me is the string of gun ranges offering the chance for tourists to 'feel the power' of various firearms. I've seen the advertising for these places in previous visits, but they seem to have multiplied recently. In addition to the Royal Hawaiian Gun Club with photos of demure Japanese women aiming a giant pistol at the viewer, there are a couple others that have popped up. This includes the SWAT club, which has people handing out fliers all over Waikiki wearing outfits out of cop movies.


It's all a little horrifying to consider that this is what people expect when they come to the United States, but I suppose it's to be expected.

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