Originally Posted by sinuous sausage
Americans are culturally different than Europeans, and that extends to our attitude towards government. We became a country through drastically different means than cheery ole Albion, and the concepts of self-determination and negative liberty play a large role in our gun laws. The individual conscience is not trifled with, and you can see that borne out in our speech laws as well as our gun laws. We don't ban 'hate speech' like some European countries do, for instance, and we think people have a right to rely on themselves for protection.
Gun control also has a racist background, so it's interesting you equated slavery with possession of a firearm.
I quote the eminent Ice-T:
"Iíll give up my gun when everybody else doesÖif there were guns here, would you want to be the only one without one?...Itís legal in the United States. The right to bear arms is because thatís the last form of defense against tyranny, not to hunt. Itís to protect yourself from the police.Ē
The first part of Ice-T's quote is hard to fault. Cleaning up guns in America would be an impossible task. We have problems in the UK with knife crime, albeit not on the same scale of gun crime and sure there is gun crime here too.
Maybe it's time for politics and conscience to move on. It's 2012.
Out of interest, those who have firearms, what are you 'packing'? handguns, rifles, shotguns?