Please bear in mind I’m more on the pro gun control side of things. I do believe in freedom, but do also question the validity of easy access to deadly weapons for the masses.
I lived most my life in UK. Basically firearms aren’t available to ordinary individuals (long story short). Ordinary police don’t carry them either. They are only permitted to be used by people who have had training and in only then in special circumstances. So in the UK those with access to guns are armed forces, armed police, farmers and probably secret service and our spy organisations (MI5, MI6 etc). And possibly other circumstances like shotguns for sport shooting. Otherwise you might get jailed for owning, or worse carrying a firearm in the UK.
We do have very little problems with gun deaths and shootings for the above reasons. Whilst the UK isn’t “crime free” I’ve generally felt pretty safe in the long years I lived in London and elsewhere.
I appreciate the US has a different history, and is much younger than the UK for all but the native Americans. But a recent opinion post I did on the police shooting of an unarmed black man, left me with the conclusion that gun control is the *only* option to prevent this kind of thing continuing to happen. Moreover, if guns continue to be readily available, then it’s not really much of a story – the rest of the world just thinks Americans like shooting each other. AND sadly it’s usually the socially least valued who end up “taking the bullet”.
Serious firearms are for killing, that is their sole purpose of existing. They aren’t stun guns or self defence apparatus such as a police man’s baton, pepper spray or possibly a taser.
Police in the UK manage to police a whole country without needing to KILL a suspect with a gun because they “looked scary”. AND I WAS HORRIFIED TO LEARN that police in the US are allowed to discharge their firearms at unarmed suspects. Suspects who’ve not even had a chance to air their side of the story. That’s utterly unacceptable.
This is a HOT TOPIC. I am interested in both sides of the story. BUT please have respect for me, and for my other commenters if you wish to say something. Where respect is present, I generally will allow most comments. If not, well you’re on your own.
Gun control for the USA – ban the guns or start selling ’em in 7-11 ?
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