I've seen dozens of posts on here relating to the Sandy Hook shootings, and lots of these have been childish, petty attacks on people's nationality.
To anyone doing that I say: GROW UP!
I'll explain why...
I have my feet planted firmly on both sides of the "pond". I don't consider myself "British", "American" or any other nationality, but I do
spend almost all of my time in Britain or America (I was born in one of those two, but it's irrelevant as to which one).
There seem to be lots of posts on here of people from both nations (and some from others) complaining and moaning about the guns and right to own guns
I hate guns - I always have. I do not like the idea of owning a gun, or even being within a thousand feet of one. So, I have a little sympathy with
people who say that guns should be banned.
In the UK the only people that seem to be able to easily get guns, are the police and the criminals. The ordinary civilians are unable to own handguns
(without first going through some immensely complicated legal processes).
This raises two problems in my mind, on a logical level.
1) The crooks and the police own guns.
2) The civilian population have no way of defending themselves.
I put this to anyone who has ever decided that it would be a good idea to ban guns (remember I hate guns too).
If you or your wife/husband/children/parents are faced with intruders in the house, who have guns, how will you defend them? If you're out shopping,
and there's a gunman in the shopping area, how will any of you defend yourselves? What if a police officer loses the plot (unlikely I know, but still
possible), and goes on a shooting rampage, who's going to defend you?
Again, I don't like guns, I never have. The idea that my children could one day own guns appals me. Yet, there are criminals and bent police out
there who would shoot you without thinking about it.
Imagine a place like Switzerland where gun ownership is very high. Their gun crimes are very low. Ask yourself why. They have also not been invaded or
attacked in DECADES... ask yourself why. Take the UK, where handguns are banned, yet gun crimes are relatively high. The US where gun ownership is
getting more complicated, the gun crimes are rising.
It isn't right that a government denies a citizen the right to own a weapon for defence.
If a gunman entered the school my children were in, I'd want to know why the teachers weren't carrying guns too. Imagine how long this gunman would
have lasted in the Sandy Hook school if the teachers there could have carried guns. Sure, it would have been traumatic for the pupils, but it would
have saved more lives. Imagine all the other school/university shootings. The killers target places like that because everyone is unarmed. Think about
The logic is undeniable. Deny someone his right to defend himself, and you deny him his life when faced with a superior adversary.
I recall a case some years ago (here
a woman in the street was attacked and raped. If she'd been able to carry a gun in her purse/bag/pocket, it could have been a different story -
certainly those boys would have thought twice about attacking anyone, especially knowing there exists a potential to be shot.
Or a case in the UK again, here
, where an old lady was
attacked and murdered in her own home. Had there existed a possibility this lady could have owned any sort of defensive weapon, her attacker might
have thought twice about doing what he did.
If we ban guns, only two groups of people will have them, the police and the criminals.
are why I don't like
the police having access to guns.
So, look at it this way... you'll let the police have guns, and the criminals, but want to ban them from everyone else... That's priceless.
Worse, it has to come down to nationalities. As I said before, I have my feet firmly planted on both sides of the pond, the people I interact with on
a daily basis don't bother with nationalities, they deal with right
What's 'wrong' is the idea of taking away someone's right to defend themselves - I cannot stress this enough.
Again, I hate guns, I wish they'd never been invented, but they were, and it's time to level the playing field. If the police can have guns, and the
criminals can have guns, we should all have guns.
I for one, firmly believe that the gun crime rates would rise initially, but once it settled in with crooks the world over, overall crime would
So, lets not make this a row about who comes from where - that's just petty and childish.
Finally, before anyone decides to say that there are places like Iceland and Japan, who have strict gun laws and low crime rates, just think about
"democide". In the 20th Century alone 262 million people had been killed by their governments. Lots of these were in countries with gun controls in
People exist out there that are not nice. The rest of us have a duty to defend against them. Lets not tie our hands now. It's a thought I don't like
- owning/using a gun - but it might come to it to protect your family.
Don't rush to any action until you've carefully weighed ALL the facts. Think, reflect, listen, take your time, do it all again, then act.