Costas is exactly right for the culture he is inhabiting. It is one that exults in violence, has little ability for self-control and few moral values. And in his culture, he is also probably right about loose gun laws and a need for the government to control everything. But culture is a system. It is part of an overlay on society. It is not something that locks everyone in. Nor it is a universal thing. While he is quite right about the evils of the lib-prog media-drivem culture, he neglects to notice that other cultures exist simultaneously and over the same geographic are that have little in common and are only occasionally negatively touched by the culture that he is talking about.
Just like different religious groups in habit the same geographic area and work in the same companies, they keep apart socially and operate on much different philosophies. They don’t interact a lot socially, they may not have their young educated together and they don’t necessarily share the same values. Mr Costas inhabits a corrupted culture where people ar unpredictable, prone to violence, and are desperately in need of a nanny state to take control. I and my friends and family as constitutional conservatives, may operate in an overlapping geographic area but we are not even close to the same culture. We find it easy to cleave to the traditional values that he and is liberal friends denigrate so easily. Guns are part of our culture, but as tools and ideally only as a last defense against a central government. It is a very different culture than Mr. Costas lives in. We use the Jeffersonian marker of activity of our fellow-man, if “it neither hurts my purse nor breaks my leg”, then it is not my business, nor the government’s.
I feel sorry for Mr. Costas but do not see any need at all for him to try to remake my culture to more closely match his and then to have it government regulated. And until his media rant, I was only vaguely aware of who he is.