Reply to Dr.Strange
The truth ? It really doesn't bother me if Americans own guns. I don't think about it. When you live in an environment where guns are seldom
used, you don't think in terms of gun ownership or useage.
The gun issue arose several posts back when someone who identified as American stated that Aussies 'lift their skirts' to assist those intent on
shafting them. I guess you saw that item of provocation ?
The thread title claimed to be factual, although no-one in Australia has ever polled my opinion of Obama or any other US presidential candidate.
I'm not sure who ran the alleged poll and have no idea how many were polled. For all I know, it could have been a poll run in the Ebay Chin Wag
Most Aussies have a pretty high opinion of Americans and of America. Sure, a lot of it is based on US tv and movies, but it's enduring.
Most Americans seem to genuinely enjoy their time in Australia as far as I'm aware. I doubt they'd do so if they hadn't engaged with Aussies in
mutual respect and friendliness.
We've never had anywhere near as strong a gun culture as the US, here in Australia, although years ago people (my father for example) had rifles as a
matter of course, particularly in rural areas.
The Port Arthur 'massacre' .. which many (including myself) believe was staged .. was used to eliminate firearms from the general community, just as
Dunblane was staged (in the opinion of many) to eliminate firearms from the UK community. They'd have a much harder time eliminating firearms from
the US community of course and not least of their problem would be the massively large population, compared to Australia (21 million approx.) and UK
(60 odd million).
The thread took off on a bit of a heated tangent when someone apparently took offence at the contents of the OP.
It could just have easily taken a far more amicable tangent if, for example, someone had expressed interest in why Aussies allegedly favoured Obama ..
or if there had been curiosity as to how the US is generally perceived by Australians.
Anyway, one thing is certain ... no Aussie is ever going to try to deny Americans their guns. Aussies are a live-and-let-live society, in the main.
We have a good life here and I guess that occupies most of our energy.
Hope you enjoy your time in Australia, next year. I'm confident you will
[edit on 7-10-2008 by Dock6]