Originally posted by Survival_Burger
It's been the norm there ever since they were fighting off our Tyrannical snatchgrabs Centuries ago. Again, it's a Constitutional right to bare arms
in the United States of America, if you want to better understand why Americans have guns, read the Constitution.
Hmm, the famous Second Amendment...
As written in the constitution of the USA, this famous "right to bear arms" is actually qualified with the statement "As part of a well regulated
militia". It says nothing about allowing people to bear arms as an individual.
Now, I'm not sure about you, but I read that as "You can keep your guns, but you need to be in a militia to do it". In fact, many State laws used
to enforce militia participation, making all men of age keep a gun, powder and ammunition.
Where in that Amendment does it say all citizens can bear arms freely?
Bear in mind also that this law was written over 200 years ago, during a time when bandits, indians and foreign soldiers wandered about and you could
not rely on the State to protect you.
Times change and people misread the constitution for their own ends.
As for the subject matter at hand...
There are people who are interested in "living rough" and "surviving". Many though are just too cozy in their modern living to think about next
month, let alone what would happen if it all went away. I and my friends know how to live off the land. We enjoy camping and roughing it when
Thing is, when you consider that the US has a population of 300+million, whereas the UK is only 60+million, there will be more survivalists anyway.
Couple that to the fact that Britain is a nation of moderate weather, moderate environments etc, we don't have to deal with the harsh reality of
mother nature, except for a freak occurrence.
One member posted on the first page that the Great Storm of 1987 paralysed the country. Not really, that was a bit of an exaggeration and I think
you'll find we fared no worse than the USA does when they get hit by a storm.
Also, I've never seen British people loot and riot during a natural disaster. That's not to say it wouldn't happen in the future, but for example,
during the flooding this year, we were still very British about it, standing in line for supplies and help, generally behaving and there was a strong
sense of community.
This is were I see a difference between the USA and ourselves.
In America, it is very much about "Me, Me! ME! MEEEE!!!!" and what YOU can do to help YOURSELF.
Don't expect anyone else to help you. And they are all taught this at a young age. Hence why they despise our NHS etc.
Here in the UK, we club together, are more community orientated and are willing to make sacrifices for the common good.
Different cultures at the end of the day.
[edit on 12/11/07 by stumason]