Isn't it about time the USA got rid of their gun mentality? Corrected; If they have one...

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Isn't it about time the USA got rid of their gun mentality? Corrected; If they have one...
I think it was for a 5 year period in the 1880's that the cowboy/gunslinger attitude originated. It seems to be still with them, I know there's 200 million of them and there are all sorts of people out there to arm themselves against but gun mentality seems (from the outside) to dominate their way of life into changing them to an anti-social culture. Am I wrong? Edited by - dikko on 28 Aug 2014 18:56:32
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Shoot the heretic, he speaks blasphemy
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There's more chance of Jimmy Savile rising from the dead than the Americans giving up their right to bear arms and kill each other.
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Isn't it about time the USA got rid of their gun mentality? Yes, but it won't happen.

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Dikko, you are quite right. I'm worried about their right to bear children, too.

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I suppose we think about the USA and guns because its in the news so often. If you live there I expect it is much less prominent. A bit like the view of Northern Ireland 30 years ago. Terrorism was not all that happened there.
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I went to a wedding last year as one of the official photographers. There was an American guy there who literally got up and ran away every time anyone went near him with a camera. I was told he was of the survivalist persuasion and carried a year's worth of food at home, had a personal bunker and a home arsenal of guns. He wouldn't be photographed because he couldn't be sure who was or was not a U.S. government agent keeping him under surveillance. I think that this sort of mentality goes some way to explaining the American obsession with guns. Anyway, we had a good laugh about him and did our best to catch him in photos unawares. Obviously a nutter. Except that less than one week later the Edward Snowden revelations came out about how the U.S. government operates covert mass surveillance against its own citizens and those of the rest of the world. I'm not saying that this justifies the guy's paranoia, but it did make me think about whether or not there is some basis for such attitudes. I did talk to him incidentally, not mentioning his little oddities, and in all other respects he was perfectly civil and rather erudite; not the image I was expecting.
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are we talking about the ordinary bloke in the US or US politicians and Government agencies who give guns etc to various others around the world ?
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I adored the USA on my trip there last year; I did find it extraordinarily hard to reconile the politeness and friendliness we found everywhere with the NRA attitude. In 2001 three times more US citizens were killed by fellow citizens than in the Twin Towers.. The rampant paranoia exhibited by some (one of whom I met in Tennessee )would be hilarious if it were not so disturbing. UN gonna take us over , Jewish bankers and New World Order are a- plotting , Obama is Satan and he gonna take mah guns away - but he ain't - ah got a goddamn house full and nobody messes with me(the guy in question being a charming elderly horse breeder from Kentucky who struck up a conversation with us)
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I have an uncle who is now 101yo and lives in Montana. He's very English but some of the letters I get from him do reflect a very red neck attitude to life that he never had over here. Oddly enough he doesn't own a gun.