The Armed Lutheran makes an excellent point in comparing two similar cultures – The American and The British.
The brutal near beheading of a British soldier by Islamic savages in the streets of London brought more than a few comments from gun rights activists, myself included. After extending my condolences to the family of Lee Rigby, I tweeted the obvious point: “Good thing nobody had a gun, somebody might have been hurt.” Gun banners like Piers Morgan and others were indignant, angry that we would “exploit” the tragedy, but failing to recognize his own history. Morgan, never one to shy away from a blood puddle to dance in, was so shocked that he banned Dana Loesch from his show within minutes. For me, as shocking as the crime was, the reaction of the public was more shocking still. ~
~Britain banned most firearm ownership in 1997 making armed self-defense impossible. Pompous Brits like Piers Morgan like to point out how civilized and safe the UK is as a result. Far from being safe and civilized, UK crime rates have soared in the years following the ban. What’s more telling is not the crime, but the public reaction to it. ~
~The English people, with the stiff upper lip and steely resolve, are reduced to unarmed spectators who watch and wait for police to protect them from bloodthirsty home-grown terrorists, common street thugs, or anarchist rioters. They are left helpless by do-gooders like Piers Morgan who don’t trust them to protect themselves. Rather than run from the danger to escape it, or run toward it to stop it, they simply watch, take pictures, and wait for unarmed policemen. If that is civilized, I want no part of it. The contrast could not be clearer.
The American experience is vastly different. The passengers of United 93, knowing they would likely die, hoping to prevent greater mayhem, confronted the hijackers. The men and women who ignored the danger and charged a deranged gunman who had already killed six people and gravely wounded a US congresswoman. 22-year-old Nick Meli, confronted a killer at the Clackamass Mall in Oregon to prevent him from killing more people. The people of Boston, who rushed toward the bombs to help the injured, not knowing if there might be more explosions.
There is evil in the world, and it must be confronted. With a gun, when necessary. We recognize that. Gun banners do not.
We are citizens. They are subjects.
Go and read the whole essay. And recognize we have evolved. They have devolved. Great Britain, not so much, anymore.