Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Third Planet From The Sun
I think for those up north and in other "safer countries" (quote, unquote), it is hard to understand the reason why a lot of people in the U.S. are upset about gun control and why it's such a big thing. This is such a hot topic not because we are blundering idiots or people afraid of our shadows, but rather - something is being taken away that is basically a birthright for an American. I myself do not own or carry a gun and I've lived in places MUCH, MUCH more restrictive (Saudi Arabia), but you guys have to try and understand where we are coming from.
The best analogy I can come up with that you guys would probably understand is - what if your respective governments came and said - "No one under the age of 50 is allowed to drive anymore." Sure, those over 50 would be fine but a large population would all of a sudden be affected negatively. I know we are talking about apples and oranges, but just wanted to give an example that would (hopefully) hit home.
With the founding of the U.S. our founding fathers gave its citizens certain rights that should not be taken away. Like someone else said, these rights were put in place to protect the people - plain and simple. Some say it's to protect us from our own government - while I cannot say with all certainty (because I wasn't there when the founding fathers signed everything), they were probably looking at more of protection from other countries who would see the U.S. as a new and still separated (i.e., easily conquerable) country.
Like what has been said before, we aren't asking for bazookas, and most gun advocates (NRA, etc) welcome the more stringent background checks. It is a tough topic, and one that will most likely continue to go on generations from now.
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