posted on Jan, 10 2013 @ 11:34 AM
I'm from the UK, Scotland to be precise, and I'm looking on in disbelief and horror at the unfolding events in the USA, regarding mass shootings /
demonising of those with military interests or experience / and moves towards the banning of ownership of certain types of weapons.
I'll begin by saying that the UK does not have the same type of gun culture that the USA does.
There are far fewer firearms in the hands of members of the public in the UK, and citizens of the UK do feel safer for that. There is a general
feeling that less firearms means less death and serious injury for all, and I think that the stats on gun-related deaths back that up fairly
I'll continue by saying that there are more assaults and violent conduct recorded in the UK, when compared to the USA. That's partly because of the
way the UK detects and logs crime stats (they're very good at detecting and charging perpetrators of violence) but also, I believe, partly because
potential criminals know that their victims are VERY unlikely to have any serious defensive weaponry on them.
They are two very different systems, two different cultures, and it's sometimes hard for one to understand the other.
I am not in any way "pro-gun". I do not want guns on the streets of the UK. I do not want to have to face the prospect of armed burglars or armed
street-robbers confronting me and my family. I am quite happy that I am capable of defending myself and my home/family without the need for firearms,
because I know that any potential burglar/robber is very unlikely to be armed. I don't hunt, and I don't need a weapon for self defence.
So, it's hard for me to understand and sympathise with the gun-owners of the USA, since my own experience is of a very different culture.
But what I will say, is that many people in the UK, and quite possibly some in the US as well, are missing the point entirely when it comes to
debating the matter of gun control.
The current mass-shooting events (whether real lone-wolf events or staged false flags) have brought the prospect of gun bans (especially for
auto/semi-auto weapons) and a threat to the 2nd amendment right to bear arms.
Much of the media talk about restricting access to weapons, seems to float the question: "why would anyone need automatic weapons for hunting or self
defence anyway?" and seems to instil the notion that weapons should be used for those purposes, and those purposes only.
But the right to bear arms had NOTHING at all to do with hunting or self defence.
It was put in place so that the citizens of the USA would NEVER again have to suffer under a tyrannical regime of government like that imposed by the
British. It was included in the constitution to PROTECT the US population FROM government.
Well, guess who is threatening to impose legislation to restrict automatic weapons?
And what happens after automatics are banned?? A terrible mass shooting where a rifle is used??? BAN Rifles!!! Then a handgun incident or two??? Where
do you draw the line?
The people of the USA need to remember WHY the right to bear arms exists, and NOT be side-tracked by misleading talk of lone-wolf killers, nut-jobs,
self-defence and hunting requirements.
They need to TELL their government that it has NO RIGHT to change a constitutional right to bear arms, which was brought into force to protect them
FROM tyrannical government in the first place.
As I said, I am NOT pro-gun, but I am pro-rights, and although I do not want guns on the streets of the UK (or USA for that matter) I understand and
will fight for, the rights of US citizens to bear arms for the correct purpose.