“‘It takes my mind off things’ is a wonderment at and interrogation of the shooting culture in the Netherlands. In this provocative piece, I posed the question; has the Netherlands always been a ‘secretive’ gun-nation? Secretive in that it has a long-standing fixation with firearms that is systematically hidden and denied. From the political-economic sphere of transnational interactions – the Netherlands place in the top five for creating firearm components in Europe – to the socio-cultural realm of the individual – the joy many Dutchmen find when firing at shooting ranges, a tradition that has existed for over hundreds of years.”

It takes my mind off things by Robin Butter (1/4)

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