He stands by his guns

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By Ned Cantwell

Our beloved New Mexico has never fared well on those infernal lists used by publishers to grab readership. The best place to live, the worst place to get drunk, the city with the cleanest neighborhoods, the most likely place to get mugged on a Sunday afternoon at the park.

Have you wondered who comes up with these lists and where they get their information? Sure you have. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on two such prominent lists, separate surveys by prestigious organizations. Each rated the top 10 cities in the world. Not one American city made either list, not even Eunice with her Dairy Freeze, Dollar Store and total lack of stop lights to detain the 2,500 residents.

This column is prompted not by the claim New Mexico has a top ten city but by my notion that the Land of Enchantment is, among all the states, The Most Patriotic. And the reason for this conclusion is that New Mexico is big on guns. By golly, we like our guns and what is more patriotic than guns?

Think about it. Guns and America are all mixed up in a patriotic stew. You got your July 4 picnic with American hot dogs, American homemade ice cream, American apple pie and American red, white and blue balloons. All that, but what quickens the pulse is the American gun powder that explodes in the sky at dusk.

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