It only exists because of the fear that Americans have embraced against everyone not like them. A great analogy is it's a religion to them that needs to own guns and proclaim their right to own one by the all mighty 2nd amendment. The NRA are the priests that supply the creed that defines the need to own and feeds the fear of the loss of their guns. You might also compare it to the pacifier or blanket that a baby or child won't give up because of the feeling of security it provides.
I personally prefer weapons of antiquity, like swords and stuff. Guns are neat, the mechanics behind them and all the versatility they have, but a well forged blade or piece of armor is a true work of art. Guns never had the same artistic appeal to me, although that is not to say a well crafted gun can't be a deadly sculpture itself.
But yes, as a Canadian, the US obsession with firearms has only reached disturbing levels over time. The reactionary nonsense weapon enthusiast can spew when even sensible gun control is proposed shows a real troublesome problem ingrained into your culture at large. I've never been for outright banning of all firearms, but what control is in place right now is not sufficient. And the classic "it's a mental health issue" deflection doesn't help either. You can tackle both you know, gun violence is not a symptom of just one thing, it's a composite of many issues that have coalesced into the mire you find yourselves in today.
I started noticing the resemblance with the gun rights meme's coming out recently and the Pro-Trump meme's back during the election. I started seeing my Facebook friends and family sharing them on their page, which in turn shows in my news feed. I ask a couple of them about the post and both said it showed up in their news feed without solicitation. I believe someone is paying Facebook for getting these meme's out.
The obsession with weapons is a sickness. Having fired powerful rifles, Browning automatic rifles, and machine guns, I can tell you that it does give one a sense of power, a macho-feeling. But., that is a feeling which should be suppressed strongly unless one's life is in eminent danger. To give in to the feeling, even for recreation is to curry violence in oneself.
We may need our weapons someday to fend off tyrants like Obama. Hell the liberals are obcessed with gun control. Even if they couldn’t get our guns through legislation they were going to do it with judicial appointments as 4 judges on the bench already didn’t even recognize the 2nd amendment as giving us the right to own a firearm. If Clinton had won we would have been screwed on our gun rights.