posted on Jan, 18 2015 @ 01:10 PM
a reply to: projectvxn
Unfortunately it often doesn't work out the way you said, but I'm not looking to get into that argument. I'm not one of those Brits that thinks
America should ban gun ownership, but this is a telling statement you made;
That defending yourself is bad, and being disarmed victims is morally superior to shooting a nut job in the face.
I think this view may have something to do with the misunderstanding that many Americans display of the lack of guns in Britain. It's just that some
of the things I've read on here from Americans bemoaning us for surrendering our guns seem to resonate with what you said there.
Many Americans may be unaware that public handgun ownership hasn't been a feature of life in the UK ever. Certainly not at all in the three hundred
ish years that America grew up in, where handgun ownership was an essential for survival. It's important to recognise that we didn't have anything
taken away, we never wanted it it the first place. It's nothing to do with being morally superior victims, it's just not out way and (for the
majority) we'd rather not create a problem we don't already have.
I know it's different over there, as I've said elsewhere, and I am very much impressed by the practice that you and others have described (every gun
is always loaded etc). Sadly, I think that IF gun ownership was allowed here as it is over there, there would be relatively far fewer people who would
have the brains to follow those sort of rules and far more like the the person in the video with the baby, so moral superiority doesn't come into it,
just different cultures in different countries.
More guns in circulation naturally makes it easier for undesirables to get them, that's not only why we don't want them here, but also why trying to
make America follow the same rules as us would be too one sided and hand the criminal classes the upper hand, life would probably resemble a Jimmy
Cagney film, without the charm.