posted on Aug, 30 2015 @ 03:11 AM
Well, being British, we can handle ourselves. If it should ever occur that I awake to find someone in my apartment who I have not invited in, they
would be dealt with. It would be a 12" custard pie right in the face, followed up with an half eaten sherry trifle over the head. There are no
stoppages with these foods. Have you ever seen anyone dumped on their backsides covered in these substances? It is utterly bewildering to them. They
forget what they entered for and can't even remember their own name. Just an expression of WTF! on their custard and jelly face.
Okay. I give up. I used to tell Americans that the good old wild west had gone, but clearly, it is an aspect of American culture that just won't be
allowed to be consigned to the history books. However, the very fact that you think you need a gun in your home should automatically speak volumes to
you about your country? It abides in fear and paranoia.
'What if' and 'just in case' scenarios sell guns and continually mitigates the 'fear' of those scenarios. Of course, some would say it is better to
have a gun and not need it, than to not have a gun and not need it, but of course, the only time you would need a gun is when you 'know' the other
person has a gun, not when you only 'think' they may have a gun. Only then is your use of a gun proportional to the threat.
Here in Britain we are allowed to defend our life and property, but it has to be proportional to the threat. Shooting someone who hasn't got a gun
would probably land you in jail for excessive use of force, and has done so. Rationally, it would seem counter-productive to be prosecuted for one's
own defence, after all, you didn't cause the incident, the other person did, but the country-wide social rational of this is that we don't have people
being killed at the drop of a hat, otherwise, we would end up similar to America...addicted to the fear of other people, and no real social cohesion
America's 'gun problem' is more than just about the actual physical gun, and even if Americans could somehow find the courage to remove the guns, it
won't change the mindset for wanting and having them. In fact, it is precisely this mindset that is the reason why guns are so ubiquitous across
America, and the lucrative industry in the sale of them. So, until the mindset is changed, guns will remain and gun violence will stay at the high
levels they are, and the problem will remain.