You are very right in that it is a cultural thing to stand your ground, a man on man standoff out at high noon etc. But yes, intentional deaths by handgun are very related to that mindset. That's why everyone sees Americans as arrogant, warmongers, it's the attitude. Even watching Celeb Big Brother UK last night, they have a couple of Americans on that were famed from being on The Hills (which I never saw but have heard of) Heidi and Spencer if that means anything to anyone. Now Americans are often on Celeb Big Brother UK and they usually do quite well with respect to being accepted by others in the house. This year, Spencer turned up wearing camouflage, just like the average hunter or sportsman, no Gilley suit or anything. They were INSTANTLY disliked due to their holier than thou attitude and Spencer dressing like Rambo.
Housemates were initially broken into two groups and, when they had an opportunity to meet, Heidi and Spencer (aka Spidey) wouldn't go outside to meet the others, they sat in bed and bad mouthed the others to the cameras instead, even though they hadn't actually met or spoken to anyone. It comes across as a typical, "We are American and we don't feel we need to stoop low enough to meet with you now"
Then when there are games where the housemates all have to participate together to earn food money for the house, "Spidey" again sits out or complains about their religion (Christianity) and marital vows (such as with a party game where you pass a piece of gross food mouth to mouth down a line, mouth to mouth merely passing a fairly large item to another, cake, soap, block of lard etc). "No I am not having my husband KISS another woman for a game, we're married and respect our vows!" It's not kissing like playing spin the bottle or something, in fact nobody even touched noses, but THEY had to be respected and sat it out (it was her more than HIM though because the girl beside him is a page 3, topless model). they are inseparable though, she calls the shots he sheep along beside her, bathroom bedroom etc never more than 3 feet apart at ANY time. (real wierd **ckers!)
If the house fails to complete a task and lives on beans and rice for the week. The Spidey attitude is "We don't care, these people ar ewierd, the hug and stuff then nominate each other." Actually, Spidey is playing the biggest FAKE game in the house.
Sorry for the segue but it's just a holy attitude that WE won't be joining in, SO WHY ARE YOU THERE THEN!?!?!? They all know what they are getting into when they sign up and Celebrity Big Brother PAYS them to be there! Complete losers that cast a **** shadow on American society.
"It's not American guns that lead to our murder-by-gun rate; it's that we tend to frame problems in absolute ways, and go for the gun once we've boxed ourselves in."
The American guns are not the problem, the people who OWN american guns are the problem. or It's not guns that kill, it's people WITH guns that kill.
Either way, the gun is the tool that people with such a mindset are using to kill one another, intentionally.
I'm a mechanic, if I don't have the tools for the job, I can't perform the job.
I DO have most tools for most jobs because I have invested in them for decades now, they are affordable and readily available. In some cases, a specific tool or machine is needed that I either can't acquire or can't afford, I don't get to use that tool or do that job, I find another job I can do instead.
That said, how do you believe that, by making weapons a little harder for Joe Shmoe to obtain the same day he has had a face off with someone, it will not reduce the number of deaths by handgun?
Remove the tool, make it harder to obtain or more expensive to obtain and fewer people have them. Fewer armed people results in fewer people getting shot. I didn't say it STOPS such violence but it will reduce it. Baby steps.
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