posted on Jun, 30 2006 @ 04:29 AM
i have a friend who is a female police seargent in the uk. i asked her recentley id she would like to be armed when on the beat, she replied "no, if
we get guns the criminls get guns, the market for guns is made bigger and organised crime increases, we have armed response units to deal with
criminals carrying weapons, their relativley low key and the public likes that"
i have to agree with her.
To answer to the question in the thread, i have had to defend my self and others several times when i lived in the uk, my attitude has softened over
the past few years but back in the day, you put me in a situation that makes me feel threatned and i would put you on your arse as fast as possible,
using what ever is handy at the time. No way are you going to intimerdate me or my friends or my family when i am personally a caring and law abiding
citizen, always wiling to help others.
I used to carry an extendable batton; such was the increase in violence in manchester when i was growing up.
When your having a pizza with friends at 1 in the morning and a gang of thugs looking for kicks; whilst high on alcohol and drugs, decides to punch
your best mate in the face for a laugh, its time to react.
My biggest concern is that years ago no body would stand back and watch a mugging or violent assault take place in front of them, but now the fear of
being stabbed or arrested for being a 'have a go hero' makes most turn the other cheek and walk away repeating "its not my problem, its not my
problem" in their head.
I think its our social and moral duty to protect those that can not protect themselves, so in a way i do think that there is some sense in allowing
people to carry something for their defense but obviously not a gun.
These days if i see trouble and there is the option to walk away, i do just that.
Hurt some one i love for no reason and i'll tear your face off and drink your blood.
Sentencing (in the uk at least) needs to be far stricter than it is, instead of this pathetic wrist slapping.
my 2 cents.