I know I am going to be shot for this - with a full load for bears - and I'll go down in flames but reading this thread it just made me think about
The Americans' cult for weapons isn't neither new or strange; the country's history is based on shootings, killings. slaughters and provocative
attitudes like "I have a bigger gun than yours so step aside you *SNIP* No offense, guys... it is just a fact.
Now, the European colonists arriving on the continent some time ago found there these strange people with feathers in their hair and reddish skin who
- surprise, surprise! - owned the land and they were too stupid to understand that the Big Mighty White Men arrived so they should give up their land
and commit mass suicide or else. So the BMWM (haha!) had to kill them. Now, the Red bastards kicked back, they didn't like to be killed just like
that, they morons. After a long period of killing each other, there were no Red Men left, not enough anyway to count so the country was born - sort
After dealing with natives by sending them to their Creator, the colonists - Americans, by now - decided that *SNIP* that guy from Buckingham Palace"
so they threw some teabags in the water, drew again and another agitated period began and, finally, the country earned it's freedom, covered with
gunpowder smoke and smell of blood.
Somehow, the Founding Fathers decided that everyone owning a gun isn't a bad thing: the people were content being able to shoot each other and this
way, there was always a decreasing factor in the population's census.
Now, owning a gun is a normal thing there; good for you, nothing to say about this.
However, there is something very disturbing here: there are a lot of people talking about killing another human being like it's about shooting a
cardboard target and I wonder how many of you guys, so ready and so prepared to shoot on sight and to kill another human were actually pointed a gun
to another human in their life.
More than this: there is a 14 y.o. boy, asking "What gun is good for me?"
Son, don't get me wrong, but do you know what LIFE is about? You just
learned the correct position for draining your little snake and you need a gun? For Christ's sake...
These guys, so brave and bold... did you guys ever looked in someone elses eyes down to a loaded barrel, your finger on the trigger, applying a
constant pressure on it, emptying your lungs while firing that bullet which would end a life in a snap? Did you?
Or you are just like the US Marines - oh my God, I'm really going to be shot now! - admired by an entire world for their training, their philosophy,
their weapons, their attitude (how's that chant from training, "to kill! to kill!") and yet... YET, they had their asses kicked wherever they get...
Vietnam, Korea, Bay of Pigs, Jugoslavia, Afghanistan,.Iraq... because NONE of these wars weren't win by the US, sorry to say that, guys, but it's a
fact. At least, not in the military way of speaking.
I know... trespassing a private property is giving the owner the right to defend himself; this is a quite correct concept but it's a very thin line
between the right to defend yourself and the risk to kill the wrong person, who might be frightened by others like you, and that person would only
want to defend himself by the ones who are trying to defend themselves... and so on and so forth until they are starting to shoot each other over -
maybe - nothing.
Now... shoot me.
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