Originally posted by Sonya610
For all the glories of your gunfree society you do seem to have a LOT more trouble with violent/criminal youths in the U.K.
The U.S. has violence, tis true. But our problems are typically limited to certain inner city environments and ethnic groups.
We do not have roving bands of teenagers causing havoc in most areas, and gangs of troublemaking white boys harrassing people are so rare as to be
non-consequential. So rare as I can't even fathom such a thing happening and would certainly never worry about it (and I read lots of news reports
and am quite aware of violent crime).
Well let me put it this way.
To be caught up in a gang of roving band of teenagers is rare. That would imply that you would have to be wandering around a park at 3am, or
staggering home from work drunk at midnight through a rather rough estate. Most of the so called terrifying 'Chavs' are bored teenagers looking for
banter and / or trouble.
If you think fast, or make light of a situation then you'll be fine. Our nutty kids may act stupid, but behind that casual demeanour lies a bright
spark who wouldn't want to risk the consequences.... THEY KNOW CCTV EXISTS, they know that a LOT of crimes are soon rectified by the law (as
imperfect as it is)>
Gang stabbings are truly that. One gang stabbing another. Stay out of gangs.......
NOW the real problem lies with psychopaths or mentally ill people who stab random strangers. Ultimately because we have gun control, we only seem to
get one victim. As tragic as that is, at least wider scale distaster is avoided.
Now if as you Americans say.... Us Brits should have guns. Then those lone stabbings would ultimately become a reflection of you own Columbine
massacres. We don't want that here...
Britains on a whole are somewhere between liberalism and conservatism, but we are tolerable to a great degree.... UNTIL it starts to offend us. We are
currently caught up in a state of confusion. Nothing more and nothing less. We will not take out the government en masse, because that is the style of
yahoo's and cowboys.
There is nothing worse than an outcry from British values. We may look tolerable, kind, happy, and accepting (and we are), but Ye Gods.... Try and
take away what is really ours and problems will arise.
To understand Britain you would have to live here. To see the exaggeration of our media, our comedy, our unique perspective of the world and
ultimately the fact that we are defiant against anything slightly unsettling.
Trust not your media, and trust me.... Nothing is worse in the UK than it was in the 80's and 70's.
We're a race of tough, intelligent and crafty people. We may be going through a bad spell, but it will pass...