reply to post by boaby_phet
Interesting questions. I'll answer with more.
Obviously criminals in the UK, as in any country, can get their hands on guns. They don't care about the law. They know that when they invade a home
that nobody can defend themselves against them. There is no deterrent.
Here, those of us who live in rural communities or areas that allow gun ownership and where most people do have guns, criminals know that if they
enter a home they could be confronted with an armed, skilled person with a weapon ready to defend their home, property and lives.
Put yourself in the place of a criminal for a moment. Would you rather invade a home where you know that the owner has no gun or the home of a person
who has a gun and is skilled using it?
We have Police to catch criminals after the fact and courts to try them. The problem is when you wake up and see a person with a gun down your stairs,
if you call the Police they may show up in 5 minutes or 30 minutes. By the time they can arrive you and your family may be dead, dying or injured. Not
their fault because the responsibility for your own defense can only lie with you.
Another thing that is different here than other countries, is that we have plentiful Game to hunt. Many of us prefer Wild Game and it far more healthy
to eat than farmed or ranch raised meats. It is our natural food source. We evolved to eat it and the desire to hunt is instinctual. The Game animals
we hunt are in no danger of underpopulation, so there is no reason to deny us the ability to eat a more natural diet and live more as nature once
intended by hunting our own Game. I was taught very young to never shoot anything unless I eat it and I'm personally disgusted by sports hunters who
are after trophies. I've probably shot Game that were world records or in the top few, but never cared or kept a trophy.
The freer a country is the more the right to own weapons is needed. To remove that right to self-defense you must also remove other rights or you
leave the citizens sitting ducks for bad people. As I understand from reading many articles here, the UK has far less freedoms. Here we have
traditionally had more freedoms and the little things have been overlooked by the law as that freedom is seen as more important than worrying about
every little petty offense. We have some areas where that is less true like California and DC.
The reason our jails are so full now is that our laws have gotten out of control. Our jails are full of people who are harmless to society until they
are indoctrinated into crime while in jail. I'll leave that for another thread. I mention it because it is a major reason gun ownership has become an
issue of late. We are becoming fearful of those who protect us because they are stripping our right away so fast to control us.
DC is probably the best example of the results of leaving citizens unprotected and incredible crime rate it helps to cause. I spent much of my life in
rural areas where everyone owns a gun. Crime was limited to bar room fights and an occasional family feud between a husband and wife. There were no
gangs, no radical groups and we did not even have a need to lock a door. Everyone knew if you went into someones home uninvited, you would likely take
a load of buckshot as a reward.
A question as promised. If tomorrow your Government decided to seize all private property and businesses and create a pure Socialist State, how would
you defend against them? What if they took your children from you and placed them into State run schools, could you stop them? They could use the same
logic they used to take children from their parents due to their weight, could they not? What would you do?