Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by JonoEnglish
The primary difference is mindset. In Britain, you see that your police force is there to protect you, the public.
In America, it is set up that while the police will protect, i am not going to sit around and wait for them.
Regardles, our guns are about keeping the government honest, not about enforcing vigilante justice.
I agree it's the mindset that’s the difference.
Your whole history has determined how you are as a society today.
Your families have gone through generations of owning guns or being allowed to own guns but times have changed dramatically and will do so in the
I don’t understand the argument put forward that claims civilians must be armed to keep their own government from having too much power and control
The same people are happy for every other citizen of every other Country throughout the World to adhere to that power.
If like in Iraq or Afghanistan, some civilians saw the American government as a threat to their way of life, they travel over to the US and start
attacking government workers with guns, I’m sure you would be outraged. You would expect them to have their action undertaken through their
government instead. So people who use that argument should also support the notion of terrorism against government targets. I hope not.
As for self defence, well we in the UK have lived without guns for many years and we don’t have more of problem than you do regarding crime. Yes, we
call the police and we do defend ourselves until they get here. Having a gun will only make things worse. A shoot out between untrained civilians in
my neighbourhood, no thank you.
You still have crime don’t you? So it’s not a deterrent.
Like I say if the police aren't fit for purpose, then that needs to be changed.
Guns are there to kill. You can say they are there for protection but there are many non lethal forms of self defence that can be used against an
One day, America will be like Europe in its values in many ways. Socialist type healthcare, more workers rights and yes, even a ban on armed
You aren't Afghanistan or Iraq. You are a civilised nation.
Civilised means being civil. Part of being a civilised society is having adequate protection in place to keep the citizens safe without having the
need to turn your family into a militia.