Such feeling is deep-seated in many Americans. Throughout New England, there are statues of arms-bearing Minutemen, and that spirit lives on throughout the country. Somehow, it’s nobly patriotic to have a weapon beside you.
Also, the gross misinterpretation of the Second Amendment suggesting that citizens must have access to weapons in the event the government becomes oppressive adds to this spirit among those who for one reason or another feel politically or economically disenfranchised.
And here is a very perceptive piece by Michael Gerson which recently appeared nationwide in his syndicated column, just in case you missed it.
Normandy American Cemetery
For some, this is an indication that America is finally on the path of secularization taken by much of Europe, where non-religious funerals have become common and half of Europeans have never attended a religious service. Much of modern sociology has been premised on the notion that modernization and secularization go together.
Those cheering the trend of religious disaffiliation should consider some broader social consequences. The rise of the nones is symptomatic of the decline of many forms of belonging. According to Pew, all of the recent growth in the nones has come among those who are not married. This indicates a group of people distrustful of institutions, with marriage being the most basic of institutions. The unaffiliated donate less to charity than do the affiliated. They participate in fewer volunteer organizations. Individualism can easily become atomization. Whatever else you may think of the communitarian creeds, they help create community.