Re: Totally [OT] Re: Opium
On Sat, Nov 15, 2003 at 06:51:41PM +0800, csj wrote:
> On Fri, 14 Nov 2003 17:32:22 -0600,
> Hoyt Bailey wrote:
> > > >  For those (particularly non-US citizens) who don't
> > > > know, back in the mid-1990s, 2 white teenagers from a
> > > > affluent family walked into their High School armed with
> > > > rifles and pistols. They proceed- ed to blow away those
> > > > they didn't like, whatever the reason.
> > >
> > > I have heard a lot about some movie about guns in US called
> > > Bowling For Columbine. I haven't see it yet, but friend have
> > > told it's very good. Now I know where the name came from.
> > >
> > You might be interested in the other side. I have owned guns
> > since I was 13 now 69. Havent shot anyone yet and no plans to
> > do so. 1 of 250e6
> I have never owned a gun and I haven't shot anyone either.
> Cultural differences I guess. In most other countries, only war,
> crime and drug lords are allowed to own guns. It keeps the world
> a much simpler place, rather than having potentially 200M average
> Joes and Janes with the potential to do you in.
The original purpose of the 2nd ammendment was something like:
"If you think the politicians you've got are assholes now just see what
they'd be like if the populace couldn't shoot them if they acted up."
It's the same reason we have the electoral college, i.e., people's votes
don't *really* count; and we have so many checks and balances. We all
thought you European guys were assholes and we *really* wanted to make
sure our life didn't turn out like yours. No, seriously...
The other thing (and there is no factual reason to believe this is true)
is this: In most of the 1980s and 1990s Europeans laughed at us fat
Americans, and they really were skinnier than us. Now I laugh my ass
off when I read reports about Europe getting fat like us. Face it,
you're just cultural 10 years behind us dirty dawgs. The whole reason
nobody likes America is we are all the people in the world who told the
rest of ya to fuck off, we're leaving :-)