posted on Jan, 1 2013 @ 04:35 PM
Having read a lot of USA GUN posts over the last few years and mulled it over I've formed a couple of opinions.
The USA Psyche is different and I think people from other countries (not just Europe) do not appreciate the deep rooted fear that citizens in the US
have that one day they may need that option of owning a gun to dispose of a tyrannical government. I think that is an inherent part of your education
and culture but people from other countries have a hard time empathising with that point of view that it is seen as a Right, as much as Trial by Jury.
Whilst I think people from other countries are unable to appreciate the US psyche, I think it goes both ways. From outside looking in the problem
looks simple. The more guns that are in "ordinary homes" and "ordinary people" the higher the chance will be that "ordinary people" will get
It's obviously a passionate subject for most of our cousins on this forum and it's always disappointing to see the debates turn to arguments and
eventually aggression, frustration and hate and I think it comes from the differences in culture. So bearing that in mind i don't think its ever
helpful to try and compare statistics from the 2 countries (UK and US). The vast, vast majority of ordinary people in the UK do not own a gun, or have
ever held or seen a gun, or it has to be said have any desire to. I think in the US there is a very wide cross section of people as gun owners, little
old ladies, teachers and so on. So when you start to look at statistics bear in mind that the figures you're looking at do have a twist to them in
that respect. All I can say is that the sort of people that have access to guns and 'presumably' (I use that word deliberately) getting shot by
them, are really not 'ordinary' citizens. The chance of me getting shot in the UK would very much depend on what I was doing, where I was doing it
and with whom. As I live my day to day life there is no risk at all of me getting shot. I think that is a very hard point of view for someone from the
US to appreciate. I'm not going to get shot at work or in a Park or in McDonalds. Criminals will still get shot, usually by other criminals.
What I think we do accept in the UK is that we know we have cars and whilst we have access to those cars, cars will occasionally, accidentally and
sometimes deliberately kill. The same goes for knives and drugs But we do choose to accept these things because we cannot give them up. I suppose life
would be to difficult without them. The big problem is the price that you pay for that necessity. Occasionally you are going to get occasional
accidents, murders and unfortunately massacres. I think that a large part of the problem, thats being touched on is the mental health aspect to all of
this. As we can see the majority of the population in the US are not shooting each other on a daily basis. They using their guns responsibly for sport
and hunting etc. The problem is when a persons mental health turns and it starts to spiral into depression or dilution the Gun gives that person a way
to take control of something in their life, that something usually being over other people.
I will say that I don't think that the US Government has any desire to take away guns from tits US Citizens. I don't think its something that could
work on a logistical level for one. There is something immediate and detached about a gun where, if there's easy access to one, in a moments anger it
doesn't give someone time to think. So a teenager can make a very bad decision in a very dark and difficult period in their life but worse than that
is that they have the option to follow it through,
The only thing I will say, that people may take offence to, is the almost religious-esque fanatical arguments to justify keeping the right to own a
gun. Those arguments might be valid, they might be justifiable but what we're hearing is something akin to an argument from a Dark Age Religion which
is justifying the stoning of women. Please stop peddling the 'Knives/Cars/Guns don't kill people' line. I'm pretty sure that if the UK population
had ease of access to guns we'd see a few teenagers and other people with fleeting mental problems committing the same massacres from time to time.
Guns don't kill people but normal people in dark mental places with easy access to guns do. But I don't think I can see how you can have it both