Sorry, I have been sleeping and doing other, more productive, things so forgive me for not being able to give each and every one of you gun loving
Americans an individual response.
I have noticed a few theme, one that’s rather offensive, is the notion that my fellow countrymen would be disgusted in some way at my views. Some of
you think because you once saw “Brave heart” you have Scottish history and culture in the bag, and that as this history is violent and involves
weapons my fellow countrymen would support the use of weapons and as such be shocked at my views. This is laughable, a few years ago we had a few
cases of kids being shot with air rifles and after a public out-cry the government banned Air-rifles, it must be said that no one started ranting
about brave heart. Also let’s not forget that took place hundreds of years ago at a time when the occupying forces, the English, really were
tyrannical, a English officer had the right to rape a bride on her wedding night, entire villages were slaughtered as they slept. I don’t think that
is happening or has ever happened in America so the comparison is not only offensive but inappropriate.
There have also been loads of people going on about crime in the UK, I never said there wasn’t any crime in the UK only that there was less gun
crime. It’s also probably important to point out that the reasoning behind the massive increase is to do with the changes in the way crime is being
recorded. A couple of kids having a fight in a play ground can be recorded as a crime, as such some of the statistics really should be taken with a
pinch of salt. I feel very safe walking the streets at night and I am sure many other’s living in most parts of the UK would agree. One thing is for
sure, I don’t really expect to get shot walking to the shops.
There is also some stuff people trying to manipulate my argument saying you should ban knifes, bats, crow bars and so on. The difference is, guns are
deigned to kill, that is its primary role.
There have been a few good arguments on the pro-gun side, but very few. The most notable is the debate I had the other day with one of the moderation
staff about how it was a natural right, and although I respectfully disagree (I don’t want to get into it again) I understand the argument and can
sympathise with it as a reason for being “pro-gun”. The other arguments about self defence, I still find hard to accept for the reasons outlined
in the OP, interestingly this is not a common reason given for being “pro-gun”.
The biggest reason you all have however for being “pro-gun” is that you have this strange idea that one day your government is going to through
you all in FEMA camps or the Chinese are going to invade. We don’t live in the 1800’s anymore, and your government is not going to start chucking
you all into FEMA camps just because you no longer have guns. That argument plays to the old wild west cowboy stereotype that some have of American
mentality, your ranting like your living out your life in a John Wayne movie.
Another recurring topic is that I am a coward, can’t defend myself, a sheep, stupid, a “dumb brit” and otherwise ignorant. Why because I hold a
different view on gun control, if I don’t have a gun I am a coward who can’t hold his own, the personal attacks say more about you than they do
me. I might have some very controversial views that are not held by everyone on ATS but that does not make me right or wrong, just different to the
rest of you, a bit of tolerance towards other people’s views without such hostility really would be nice.
Also what constitutes a “troll”, “trolling”, “troll thread” and “trolish behaviour”
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