I disagree with the authors elitist left and right coast view of this photo. He is assuming we should be ashamed of being American. That we should give a crap what some effete snob in Europe thinks about our culture. What they think about our culture is irrelevant. I think Gov. Bush was commenting with this image on freedom. In America we have the freedom to choose to arm ourselves or not. The freedom to live where we want, associate with who we want and vote for the politicians we want. America has a long cultural tradition of going our own way. 'Merica!