Originally posted by Oxidadoblancoquepasa
Been watching this for quite some time now.
Something that strikes me odd about all these protests around the world is this....
Do any of those people own guns? They go out to protest to make a change and get arrested, shot at,
beaten up by police and gassed...yet NO ONE ever fires a shot at the police.
Maybe THAT is the flashpoint. When a protestor finally starts shooting back at the riot police, all heck will
break loose....It's gonna happen at some point.
And THEN what?
It's important to remember that most countries are not like the USA when it comes to gun ownership. In most other nations, guns are pretty much
restricted to rural areas, used in farming and and as a tool of necessity. America is pretty much the only country in the world that has an industry
built around recreational gun use and public ownership of firearms.
There are a lot of nations where guns are in circulation and not controlled, but these are generally as a result of conflict and internal revolution.
No other nation that I'm aware of has an open industry relating to gun use.
But you have to consider personal responsibility and risk too. At what point does it become reasonable to fight back with bullets? Some would say that
the US is actually closer to that in recent years, what with the police actively abusing their authority and shooting people in the street.
When you think about some of the police officers murdering people in the US in the street, with witnesses, it is actually pretty surprising that there
hasn't been an armed response from the public. I think if that were to happen at a protest like this in Athens, with innocent people actually fired
upon, you would have an entirely different escalation of the violence.
That's the point at which all bets are off. When the police do something so unjust that the only response is something equal, then you get a
revolution unfolding on the streets. It becomes a real war with actions met by equal or greater action.
The moment the police there actually kill someone on the street I would say that things are about to really kick off. Right now they seem to be
enjoying a familiar dance, with just lots of things being thrown. It's like a national sport these days.
If those protesters actually become organized, and have a mission, a goal (for instance a plan to take parliament) then we could see it all happen and
be over within a couple of days. But right now, they just seem to be venting their anger without any specific goals.