America was born of fire, lives by it and every major change has come out of the barrel of a gun.
You will not change the culture that supports the unfettered ownership of firearms with anything other than another armed conflict. When cultures
that share kinship and alliance with America (Britain, Canada, Australia, NZ) try to make sense of how their "Cousin" views guns so completely
differently to themselves and tries to engage in a discussion with Americans about the difference, they are almost always dissatisfied with the
Because for the most part, the reason is: Because that is the way it is.
The discussions about it being in the Constitution isn't anywhere near as meaningful as either side make it out to be for the simple reason that the
Constitution can - and often has - been significantly changed in the past and likely will again in the future. There is no reason why the 2nd
Amendment cant be amended, except for the most fundamental reason: It wont.
Essentially, non-Americans engaging in the discussion WITH Americans on gun ownership would be better served looking to find out why things are the
way they are rather than trying to change American's position on it.
The same people immigrated to similar frontiers during the same period of history and share much of the parent culture as a result. The one
difference is America. After two wars the British went on to share North America in what turned out to be one the most amicable and friendly
relationships in the world today. That only improved when British North America became Canada.
In retrospect, the War of Independence and the War of 1812 are better characterized as Family Spats that really didn't change much.
In short Americans aren't giving guns back anytime soon and it doesn't really matter why. I think part of the reason British, Canadians, Australians,
and New Zealanders try to understand and debate the point with Americans is because of how SIMILAR we are, not how different we are.
Interestingly all those 'cousins' are all part of the important Echelon intelligence partnership that help each other spy on their citizens in a
cynical side-step of all the partner nations legal problems of spying on their own people.
Long post to make a simple point: You can't change American views on gun ownership, just try and understand it.
edit on 1-5-2014 by
Leonidas because: because, because of the wonderful things he does...