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These stories seem utterly ridiculous to people in Britain. Practically nobody here owns guns, and there's a damn good reason for that.
#55 The key word here is "demilitarized". Also, armour-piercing shells, missiles, long-range artillery... A tank isn't really a viable option anymore when fighting against a modern army. And big guns are worth shit when you're fighting against whoever employs DARPA.
A lot of people in rural areas of the UK own shotguns, but something like this they'd be taken away for life. You're checked before you're allowed them and the police who check you can turn you down for any reason. Sometimes I wish we could have more guns, I'd love to own a pistol. Then I read something like this and remember we're better off overall.
Being in the military for 5 years we have had this discussion of what we would do if we got orders to go against citizens over guns and other shit almost everyone I talked to flat out said we would not do it.. remember guys the military is for the citizens made up by the citizens our family are citizens. The real people you would have to worry about are private military groups being brought in to do the job. Citizens with guns are another line of defence for foreign envaiders and a way to keep politicians in check even though it sounds crazy we have used it in our past. It's hard to expect people from other countries to understand our passion for guns.
#20 the reason the U.S. government cannot ban weapons is because it's written in their constitution that they have the right to bare arms, and if they rewrote that many US citizens would NOT be happy. Studies have shown that if Americans want to kill someone, (yes they'll use a gun because it's readily available) they'll find another way to have someone dead if guns for example were banned.
#101 You'd be surprised by the amount of things people won't do if they are hard to do. A gun makes killing easy, and you can do much more damage faster than with a knife. That ease means having a gun ready nearby and succumbing to immediate impulse can get someone killed pretty fast. Doing that with a knife is harder, and therefore makes you think more about what you're doing.
I actually support more gun laws (that's just my opinion, if you disagree that's fine). I believe that is very good for defense and that if a criminal is robbing you out something, they clearly are not afraid of breaking laws, so whether or not guns are banned, they will most likely have one. I remember one time my house was broken into, and I thought there was still someone inside. It took 10 minutes for the police to come. It ended up that my house was broken into before I noticed it and the guy was gone, however, if he was actually in the house, I would have been dead by the time the police had come. Of course OP's boyfriend did not use his gun appropriately, so FYL for OP still, and I would lock the gun away where he can't get it.
Because you're completely ruled by your country and if the need rises, your entire country would be completely incapable of defending itself from attacks? Whether foreign or domestic?? Yeah, there's a reason America is called "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave".
Hence why I'm glad to be an American. If I should find myself in a less-than-stellar situation (ie home invasion, carjacking, mugging, etc.), I can protect myself and my family. No having to wait 15-20 minutes for the police to show up. I can use the one thing that says "go away" in every language; a gun. And, I don't mean to make an ass of myself saying this, but if I recall history correctly, y'all were pretty happy when your neighbors across the pond sent their personal guns and ammunition over to England in case them Nazi bastards tried to invade. Granted, things are very different now, but know, if history were to repeat itself, as it often does, and your country were to face invasion again, know, that us Americans would be happy to send you everything we had. Just like we did in the '40s.
Honestly, I don't see a better solution than the one your boyfriend found.
I agree with #4, we should throw out all of these mundane options and be more creative in our merciless killing of spiders. Handguns, rifles, shotguns, flamethrowers, small explosives, these are a few examples of viable options. There is no such thing as overkill
Well, considering his thumb out attached to the rest of his, on average, 200lbs. Yes, he could easily hold a big, bad tarantula down with one finger while doing something logical with his other hand. like using a bowl, a cup, or simply pushing straight down until it goes squish.
Yet another only in America moment. Are bullets cheaper than insect spray.
6.99? For 50? Maybe .22 rounds. And still that's cheap. I checked prices and they've actually gone down a fair bit. Although .45 will still run you around .46 cents each. OP, your boyfriend is moron for discharging a firearm at a relatively harmless spider inside a building. You are also a moron for screaming. Glad you're both okay though. Sounds like he needs to take a gun safety class.