Why on Earth do I need a gun?
I mean, if I wanted a gun to hunt (or keep at home), I could legitimately be granted a licence (or having joined a special club) and be able to
purchase in order to hunt (in a club etc), providing I'm a good upstanding citizen etc.
But a gun to carry around like in America? Why? I've never even come into contact with any "armed criminal" here in Britain (although they clearly
exist). Even if guns are suddenly legalized, those "armed criminals" would grow massively - so it's better the evil you know than the one you
What's more - I've had run-ins with several knife-point robberies in London - yet, through luck and heightened survival instincts, I've managed to get
away unharmed. Without a gun.
I really don't see the reason why I should need a gun.
The fact is, guns won't actually solve anything - they'll actually bring more problems than we already have. We'd have more suicides, more murders,
more gun-related incidents in general, more criminals with guns than already exist - there is no positive to having a gun in British society. And
although America's gun issues might have more to do with the "culture" than with the presence of guns themselves, I still don't think that it will be
in the best interests for the overall security in the country if we had guns freely available. What if the Woolwich two had guns and then decided to
expand the attack into the nearby army base?
I really don't want to be on a heightened alert whilst walking the streets (especially London) thinking that some mad suicidal maniac will shoot me.
Of course, that's not to say that that's what goes on in the US (I've been - and all was well), but it could certainly be possible. And what's to stop
an increase in school shootings in the UK? What's to stop a disgruntled worker, who would otherwise have not murdered his co-workers had he not had a
gun, shooting up his workplace?
And what of police? This would then mean that we would need to have constantly armed police... It'll basically spur on an arms race on the streets of
Britain - between police, gangs, loners and regular law-abiding citizens. And I'm not so keen on having constantly armed police on random streets -
like a bobby on the beat carrying a loaded handgun.
There's no real reason why we Brits should get guns again - except for this strange argument about "freedom". I feel quite fine and free thankyou
without carrying a deadly weapon. You could argue that were guns legal, the "Woolwich Two" could have been stopped - but surely the Woolwich Two would
have also been armed, so you'd quickly get lots of injuries and casualties on both sides. And seriously - some parts of London are already bad as it
is; we don't want them getting worse. We don't want London to turn into a Chicago, which seems to have lots of shootings everyday (particularly high
on some weekends). We have enough petty streetboys with knives for crying out loud!
Might I also add that I myself feel quite "safe" as it is - so, really, it must be all to do with the perception of many people from the media and
edit on 5/31/2013 by HomoSapiensSapiens because: (no reason given)