posted on Jan, 5 2011 @ 07:55 PM
I have to stick up for my fellow Brit, who started the thread.
He seems to be getting insults thrown at him for voicing an opinion.
Here in the UK, like many other places that don’t allow its citizens to own guns, we obviously will find places that do a little strange
I worked in America for a while and the people there thought we must be all mad or polite, as even most of our police don’t even carry a gun.
We have very different history’s, you are a relatively new Country, with all that land open to development and prospecting for resources etc. Times
were tough back then, new towns and farming communities were set up and they probably did have to take their own security into their own hands.
However, those days are gone. You have the protection of a police force, like we do.
If the police aren’t fit for purpose, then that needs to change in order to deliver protection.
As for not trusting your own government, well neither do us Brits. It doesn’t make anyone want to own a gun though.
If the worst case scenario did happen and our government did act in a way that REALLY riled up the Brits, we’d overthrow them. We value our right
to vote who we put in charge. I don’t know of any soldier or policeman who would support and take part in suppressing democracy and freedom.
Are people saying American police and the armed forces would?
How would I feel knowing that all my neighbours had guns in their houses? I’d be afraid and I’d probably get one myself too.
Why draw the line at owning guns? Why not allow law abiding citizens to own hand grenades and explosives too? Maybe a rocket launcher strapped to the
roof of your house is a good idea, just in case your family home is attacked by a large angry armed mob.
Gun ownership will seem like the norm to those who grow up around them. However, it doesn’t make it right. It seems like people are hanging on to
old bits of legislation, written in a different era just for the sake of having something that they’d never use anyway.
Get rid of the paranoia.