I love the USA, love it. I’ve been fantasizing with the idea for a while now of moving back there one day. I would love to raise my daughter in the “land of opportunity”, “where dreams are made”, there is one problem however, I don’t know if I could raise my daughter in a country where guns are so easily accessible. Now, I’ll be honest, I’m a little ignorant on this issue, I’m trying to understand but what I see/hear on the news; terror stories of people/children being gunned down by people who are ill or have, for whatever reason, decided to take their frustrations out on the innocent, using assault weapons they have bought with little or no questions asked, stolen or borrowed, had access to nonetheless, and it shocks me to my core.
The question I want to ask is this; doesn’t it just take a little common sense to control this thing? (If only it were that easy, eh??) Can’t you just put more stringent legislation in place for people who need to own a gun? Why would that be such a big infringement of civil liberties? I watched all of the Piers Morgan interviews and I honestly can’t disagree with any of his arguments. When he interviewed gun advocate, Alex Jones, or the GOA’s Larry Pratt, I listened with an open mind, trying to find some sense in their arguments, but both of their arguments for guns seemed far fetched, unreasonable, ridiculous in part, to me. I don’t want to come across as a “haughty English tourist” but I honestly don’t understand America’s love affair with the gun, and I don’t know if I ever will. I wasn’t brought up in a country where guns are legal. They’re not part of our culture in the UK. For most American’s guns are deeply ingrained in their culture…I see that, I don’t understand but I see, but when tragedy happens, people need to adapt….right?
So, help me understand America, I don’t want to be in the dark anymore….