a reply to: PerfectAnomoly
The problem stems from several things:
1) Some people seem to think the US is and should be just like the UK and Australia - The fact is, the US is nothing like the UK or Ozzie land. Not
just culture differences and origins differences, but even physical differences (we are not a island nation - we have two other countries that border
2) Banning something does not make it go away here in the US - Both Prohibition and the War On Drugs have proven this over and over. Ban something
here, and it will flow across our borders (we're not an island nation again).
3) Banning something does not magically make it go away - Banning guns has no effect here. Guns will still be here. Does not mater how many here on
ATS seem to think that all guns will somehow magically disappear if the federal government were to removed the 2nd Amendment and ban all privately
owned guns. The guns will still be here (hundreds of millions of them), and they will flow across the border.
4) More laws are not going to change anything. Yesterday's shooting is a prime example of that - the shooter was not allowed to legally own a firearm,
and yet he was able to obtain one and kill people with it. Murder is also against the law, but that did not stop him. Too many people here seem to
think that more laws will somehow magically stop mass shootings. It won't.
The United States of America is the United States of America. People need to stop demanding that it be the UK or Australia, or Norway, or Sweden, or
any other country. It's not, nor will it ever be like them.
The US is a large country with a large population and a large amount of gun ownership. It's a fact of life. We have a very wide amount of demographics
and various cultures right within our own boarders.
If you live in New Jersey (a physically small state as far as land area is considered), you have 1,218 people in on square mile. Yet in Wyoming it's
only 6 people per square mile.....Alaska? 1 person per square mile.....and those are just numbers. There are places you can go where there is no one
for many square miles.
We have tens of millions of people packed into huge mega cities.....but we also have millions of people (millions of them) living in very rural
areas....and people living in areas that are not even rural, but are considered wilderness.
The main mindset of most Americans (and has been since this country got started) is that you can do what you want, be what you want, go where you
want, say what you want, believe in what you want, and own what you want.....with out the damn government interfering with that. It's what the
founding values of this country were.
Trying to dictate to us what we can or can not do, can or can not say, can or can not own is never, ever, going to fly.
I know many of you do not like the US bombing some country and trying to change their governments, right? (which I agree with, I don't think we should
be doing that either).
But here you are trying to do the same thing in essence: dictate what laws we should have, what we should and should not be able to do, and what we
can or can not own, in our own country.
Stop it. Stop the double standard. The US will never be the UK or any other country for that mater. What works in one place does not always work