Last week, I was reading a thread about sheriff warning about coming 2nd revolution and this raised a few questions to myself as non-American. I do
not want this to turn into some America-bashing thread or a anti/pro-gun discussion. Rather I am interested in the reasons why.
For me, as an outsider (non-American), there are seemingly so many other things in US, that would be very hard for myself to tolerate (if I was
-You ,guys, are getting screwed over in every possibly way by different corporations, who are influencing the laws by lobby-work.
-Your government is paying for healthcare more per capita than Norway, one of the most expensive countries in the world, does, times more than I do,
yet the average joe can not receive quality healthcare without paying significant amount for it due to incredible costs.This can often lead to lower
productivity rates for poorer people due to not being able to treat themselves fully. While at the same time Norwegians get all their health problems
fixed without paying something extra.
-Receiving higher education without getting into debt is hard, unless the young person has rich parents or truly has remarkable talent. While near to
every job requires college degree.
-Public education is also not doing the best, considering PISA tests, which compare education systems and knowledge of youth around the world.
Seemingly again, the for-profit profit schools are setting the standards for education and without paying, you do not receive that much, especially
when living in poorer area.
-Your police is out of control, at least based on ATS picture.
-The environmental standards, as well as health standards of different products are quite low due to corporations wanting cheaper alternatives instead
of using quality ingredients or simply cut the costs for higher profits. I am not going deep into this, but well comparing FDA list of banned
ingredients and the EU one, you can see what I mean -there are not many, if at all, US corporate products (foods), which would not be legal to sell in
most EU countries, from the antibiotic-enriched meat to different coloured products. The GM-foods do not need to be labelled and as much as I hear
cover majority of the land as well as shop shelves. Fracking. Seemingly corporations are dictating the standards, rather than people.
-Your employee rights are one of the lowest in the world, not having paid mother leave, paid sick leave, required vacation time etc etc.
-The social mobility is very low compared to other advanced nations, meaning it is far more likely that a kid from poor family stays poor and the kid
from rich family stays rich in the future - moving social ladders is tougher.
-The constant outsourcing to other countries, while the minimum wage is below the living wage.
-For-profit prison industry costing billions to tax-payers every year, while often the punishments, even for low-level crimes are incredibly long.
-etc etc. Possibly you could come up with many other issues.
As I said, I do not want it to become America-bashing thread, but seemingly there are many problems out there too. Maybe I am a very different person
value-wise, but for me it matters that me/my future kids can receive quality education without going into extreme debt, that I would not have need to
worry about possible illnesses and the cost of treating these, that I could know what is in my foods and that it is not unhealthy, that the
environment laws are strict, that I/my future kids can survive easily without having to work 45-50 hours a week, which can lead to disastrous health
effects later on in life, to live without having the need to worry about my future/my kid´s future, as at the end that is what I am/my parents were,
my kids will be paying for by paying the taxes. All that, at least for me as a person, is far more imporant than having some piece of metal at home,
so I could defend myself from some unknown threat.
All that is the reason, why I always find it bizarre reading the second American revolution-like threads, which in majority of cases have something to
do with the 2nd amendment. I would get when any of the reasons I mentioned above would lead to some civil unrest, but the fact that some type of rifle
(not handgun, sporting/hunting gun) is banned or some law trying to not allow firearms to people with mental issues, seriously?
So I would ask : Could someone please me explain the reason for this, as after being in ATS for a while already, that is something I still find
incredibly hard to grasp... The importance of guns in American culture.
edit on 11-3-2014 by Cabin because: (no reason given)