posted on Feb, 20 2013 @ 01:28 PM
Some on ATS may know that I am a recent convert to the “pro-gun” crowd mostly because I have been convinced that there is a direct coloration
between gun ownership and lower incidents of violent crime mostly thanks to ATS. When comparing the violent crime rates of America with the UK the
statistics all appear to show that America has less violent crime than the UK, these statistics I have found vary depending on the source.
This got me thinking, surly if I attribute Americas lower violent crime rate, at least in part to gun ownership the perhaps it is time we, the British
people ask ,for our guns back just like we asked for the gun to be banned back in 1997 in the knee jerk reaction to the horror of Dumblane.
Furthermore surly if we British learn from the mistakes of the American system we could enforce strict gun control laws that allow for the individual
to have the right to own a hand gun for the means to protect ones property and family. At the same time we could do this in such a way that the laws
were strict enough to prevent the American style “mass-shootings”. We could do this by for example, having the legal age to own a gun set to 25,
we could stipulate that one must have a “gun licence” much like a drivers licence and other measures such as rigorous background checks including
a medical certificate from a medical professional to demonstrate the individual is of sound mind at the time of buying the gun. I don’t think it is
right that we should go as far as carrying permits that allow you to walk into a supermarket with a gun for instance but we should at the very least
have a means to protect our families in our homes. How exactly we would potentially legislate and control this I really don’t know yet.
What I do know is that the criminal fraternity in the UK own and use guns in violent crimes and that with a ban on guns there is little in the way of
a deterrent for criminals to break into our homes when they know that we really only have our fists to fight back with. Fists are not really of much
use if you are a guy living on your own up against 3 guys robbing you with knifes (or guns, or lightsabers). Where guns made legal, for the law
abiding citizen then surly it would be quite a deterrent for the crack addict smashing in your door to steal your valued stamp collection or whatever
you hold dear if he or she saw the “robbers will be shot” sign on the door.
Of course I don’t think this will ever be politically viable we gave them our guns and now I really don’t think we’re going to get them back.
But I thought i would ask
Mr. Cameron, can we, the British people get our guns back, please?
edit on 20-2-2013 by OtherSideOfTheCoin because: (no reason given)