Originally posted by Hawkwind.
reply to post by kevinunknown
I'm with you 100 percent about the gun culture in America, I wouldn't live there due to this, although I do still think it's a great country in many
respects. The problem is that you will not get through to them (our American friends) because they have been born into a gun culture and grew up in
one, this means that guns to them is as normal as sliced bread is to us. That is why they do not understand our grim views of the gun culture, it's
because they would have to experience life without guns from a young age in order to see how wrong it is.
Gun culture, gun culture, gun culture...
The word "culture" is actually rather strong, and suggests a very different reality than we experience in the US.
America has some history, law and tradition regarding firearms, true enough, but it doesn't really add up to a small sub-culture.
Most "Americans" today still curl up into the fetal position when guns are mentioned, just like their European cousins.
When it comes down to it, the US is actually too big to regard in singularities anyway. In the Northeast, and larger cities, guns are not so popular
as in the Western states, or in smaller towns and rural areas. This is just common sense. Certainly a person living in Alaska, they might be foolish
not to have a gun. I have a friend who lives up there who would not walk down their driveway unarmed. Bears and wolverines and wolves you know.
But for over 95% of the population, guns play no part at all. Even in the big cities, where you would think people would prefer to be well-armed,
most city dwellers prefer pussified versions of self-protection, such as sprays and stun guns.
If not for military service, very few indeed would be able to say they have ever fired a gun! This is the "real" America of today.
Now I say this with no pleasure, because this reality means that America can in all likelihood be easily destroyed from within. I even think that if
a concerted effort was launched by the government, the populace could be disarmed much sooner than the few percent "gun minority" imagine.
SO, to clarify, the "gun culture" is really found in two places primarily: The imaginations of foreigners, and the tiny minority gun owners in the
US, who still hold onto the fantasy that they are "safe" because of their guns.
The reality is that citizens in the whole civilized world (except for those living in specific elite fortresses, such as Switzerland and Israel) have
been brainwashed into voluntarily disarming, and have largely adopted the slave mentality, which says that only police, military and governments
should have such things. Other than criminals, just a tiny minority, primarily in the US, remains lightly "armed" at this point, but they are very
likely not important anymore, other than for psychological reasons. "Let the slaves think they're free..."
So, no worries Commonwealth subjects! Soon you will have your wish. The whole world will follow you into submission. Then you can celebrate! Only
the police and criminals, and armies will have guns! Oh how safe that should make us all feel!
edit on 7-1-2011 by JR MacBeth because: (no reason given)