reply to post by queenofswords
Oh dear, more uninformed drivel from our cousins across the pond.
Firstly, it's been many years since the handgun restrictions came in and decades since assault weapons were restricted (note the use of the word here
- there is no "ban" per se), not a "few short years" like you claim.
Secondly, there never was a massive gun culture in the UK. Even when our Police were "armed", they routinely went out without their guns.
So, to answer your question, life here is pretty much the same as it's always been. The gun laws have made no discernible difference to life for
anyone and those who wish to own a weapon can do so, providing they meet the criteria.
reply to post by MaMaa
Oh please... When it comes to imperial powers of the 19th/20th centuries (of which there were many - we weren't the only ones) we were actually not
that bad. Of all the Empires that came and went, the British are the ones that retain the strongest links to their former subjects, who do so
willingly, via the Commonwealth. If we were that bad, do you think so many nations would be in the Commonwealth. We even get former colonies of other
nations joining up as we're that great
Do not forget also that during the same period, the US Government had an active mission to "civilise" your own "colonies" (the West) and
butchered hundreds of thousands of native Americans, so I politely ask you get off your high horse and get some perspective.
Oh, I will also ask that when talking about our country, you remember that England/Britain/UK are not interchangeable. They are each different things.
England is merely one nation within the UK. The UK has 4 separate nations, including Scotland (which you seem to think is somewhere else) and Britain
is the largest of the islands which make up the British Isles....It's exactly the same as if I was talking about the US as a whole and then called it
"California", then said "North America"...
Originally posted by CaticusMaximus
Britains violent crime rate is actually 3.5x that of the USs.
Bollocks! It's the way stats are recorded (we'd describe falling over as a "violent crime" these days), but you guys have a murder rate much, much
higher than anywhere in Western Europe, much less the UK.