Like compared to Europeans, Canadians, and most other First Worlders? I'm an American, and it's pretty obvious to me that American culture puts
vengeance on a pedestal. I mean New Zealand police don't even carry guns, but we shoot people just for looting TV sets.
Just think about it I mean. America has the largest military the Earth has ever seen, and most people in America don't feel outraged about using it
for whatever reason, unless a lot of American troops die and a lot of American money is wasted. Bombing entire nations into the Stone Age is
acceptable retribution to many Americans for killing 3,000 of us.
Most Americans continue to support the death penalty even though most Americans also believe innocent people are occasionally put to death. I guess
it's a price worth paying to exact full payback? To be fair, most Canadians also supported the concept of the death penalty until very recently, and
even now it's probably a 50/50 split, but many European countries oppose it by a vast majority. If you compare Hong Kong's crime demographics (a place
with no death penalty) to culturally and socially similar Singapore's (a place that uses it so much Texans might blush) you will see no evidence that
the death penalty has any kind of deterring effect.
And let's face it, the reason Americans are gun-crazed isn't just because of the Second Amendment. It's because a lot of people here just love the
idea of blowing someone's head off if they intrude on their property. Not to mention people love guns because they wanna feel like they're in a
Hollywood movie or on the TV show Lost (love the show, but how many hundreds of gun scenes are in it?) The argument that banning guns would increase
crime because only criminals would have them is wrong. If that were true, Australia, Canada, and Britain would have far more gun-related murders than
the States. Besides, otherwise law abiding citizens who loved guns could still obtain them illegally if they wanted to badly enough, so it wouldn't be
that ONLY thugs had guns, it would be simply a lot less people in general would have guns.
The worst thing too is Americans are especially unforgiving of the less fortunate. We hate people who go on SSI yet re-elect those who steal billions
of dollars. Isn't our indignation misplaced?
The point is, I would like to see a change from this vengeful and militaristic attitude in America. I would like us to become a peace loving and
forgiving kind of people. Until then, I'm gonna laugh every time I hear people talk about Americans being the best people on Earth.
2-9-2011 by m1991 because: (no reason given)