I am mulling over how to respond as sometimes I really wished we (as in Britain and America) spoke two different languages..
Most of my family are American, and when they talk about "home invasions" all I can visualise is a simple burglary, but it isn't is it, and I will
admit that I have no idea what it is like to be worried or concerned about things like home invasions. and while I live in the 10th largest urban
area in the UK I can not think of a single incident that could fit into the home invasion category.. not that I don't think things like that happen
here, or that we are somehow better, but the notion of a home invasion is something out of movies.
For my part when I have been stopped by the police whilst driving I have always got out of my car and met them eye to eye as I can no stand the notion
of being looked down on by the police... however I am feeling more and more reluctant to do that given the increasingly armed nature of the police..
as I am sure you can see, that is a shift in the wrong direction, I should not ever feel concerned about the police..
I will bring up an incident the other day, as I say this is the 10th largest urban area in the whole of the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern
Ireland) and we had a shooting, imagine that a shooting in the street in the middle of the night is a massive deal.. it simply does not happen, and
the head of the counties Police had to come out and reassure 2 million people that this was an isolated incident.
As to the whole notion of surveillance.. well, locally to me is a town called Lewes, it is actually a county town (small versions of your capitols)
and they have had an issue for the last 6 years of people blowing up all their bits of public technology, mostly it has been limited to the large pay
and display parking meters, but after in excess of 400 explosions within the towns boundaries they are still no closer (even with CCTV ) to capturing
the culprits or even interviewing someone as a suspect... the ones in the high street (main street by the courts, local government HQ and police HQ)
has been blown up 26 times... this to me shows just how effective that actual CCTV is at ground level, and the BBC has run articles in a jovial way
about the explosions.. I honestly can not imagine American media doing the same, but saying that I hope I am wrong..
What I hope I am trying to convey is the feeling we (as in Britain and America) tend to talk in two different languages and not really understand each
other when it comes to this topic, and I think that is the main issue here.. for us a suppressor on a firearm is deemed being considerate, and
environmentally sound (noise pollution) and as such is easily available with no additional hoops to jump through.. where as I understand for Americans
there are hoops, and the difference lies in the threat perception of these kinds of weapons.. I can for example get a sliding stock 26inch AR15 clone
(made with US parts) that has a permanently attached suppressor and no limit to mag, hand grip types or size (we are however stuck single fire or rim
fire) yet I have no idea what I would do with such a weapon aside from target shooting.. that's my limit.. there is no need to own such a weapon.
The logic in my head is that if the police where armed the criminals would be more armed and I would want to be armed too, in my mind that is a pretty
negative road to go down.
But lets be honest I have no idea of the kind of threats Americans feel they face from their government, the police the criminal fraternity and from
wild animals.. I have no idea what it is like, and find it hard to judge Americans on what they feel is appropriate, but on the flip side given that
we really do not have those issues and tend to be jammed in here shoulder to shoulder armed police is only going to create deeper tensions..
Personally, my take on the whole issue is that we need to ensure the gangs/criminals have no access to guns, after which it is then possible to remove
the need of guns from the police, at which point people will I am sure feel safe enough to choose if they do or do not own any kind of fire arm.
At the moment I have no use for a weapon, the local police have no use for a weapon, and while that is sadly changing I will continue to fight to
return things to the status quo, and my ability to get out of my car when stopped by the police and look them level in the eye..
23/5/13 by thoughtsfull because: (no reason given)