Originally Posted by parismouton
I still do not see the need for guns. Whats the limit on size/power that the 2nd Amendment talks about?
here is a excerpt from the second amendment of the constitution.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Here in America that just means you have the "Right" or the "Choice" to own a gun...there are Federal Laws regulating the kind of weapons you can own though...like just because you have the right to own a firearm don't mean you can just buy a anti tank weapon and claim the 2nd Amendment lol
Originally Posted by root
the right to bear arms?
oh well never mind
what we (the British) people need to realise is that we have a different social identity to the Americans here.
for many Americans owning a gun is a lot like us British people eating a kebab... it's just a given thing, very few people question it.
it's a way of life.
perhaps these pictures explain more than I can...
owning a gun, and shooting as a sport is a family activity. we don't really have the resources space or history for that to be possible in Britain, so it's not a very popular past time.
EXACTLY, it's a cultural thing.
like where i live here in Alabama (the American Deep South) guns are apart of our culture, from the civil war up until now guns have played a big role in how our state was shaped....the state is 52,423 square miles (135,775 km) or about 22.9 million acres and out of the total land area 70% is forest land.
alot of the people around here make their living off the land and the outdoors is a way of life, and in their spare time they love to hunt. 50-60 years ago my family were very poor and scrapped out a living on the farm and had to hunt to put food on the table and alot of the older people grew up like that...when they had familys they took their kids hunting and they would be fighting mad if you took their guns away lol