Americans have terrible trouble with gun violence including accidents. What makes them different from other countries?
- The second amendment is broadly interpreted to allow pretty well anyone including children, the mentally ill and criminals to have access to guns. It prohibits gun safety laws and product recalls for defective weapons. It also permits caches of weapons that have no purpose other than mass murder.
- The majority of Americans are Christians. This encourages them to believe they are above civil law and to have a harsh revenge-based view of law. They also believe people come back to life again after you kill them, so murder is not really as serious as it seems.
- America is a militaristic country. It believes it has a right to invade any nation it pleases if that is in the national interest. Soldiers are considered heroes.
To non-Americans these attitudes are bat-shit crazy. What motivates Americans?
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- The romance of the anarchy in the historical wild west.
- The prime rôle guns play in American movies. The size of the weapon reflects the size of the penis.
- A vicious circle. Wide availability of guns makes it impossible for police to control crime, so people feel they have no choice but to do it themselves.
- Paranoia. They are afraid of the government and they think personal weapons will enable them to mount a successful coup if necessary, against the government’s tanks, drones etc. The country has such extreme political views and politicians are so corrupt, that most people feel that using democratic means to reign in the government is futile, which requires owning a gun, but not training on how to use and store it.
- Americans are unusually attached to property. They would sooner accidentally shoot a child than lose a TV. They know perfectly well that guns in the home are far more likely to injure a family member than an intruder, but they consider punishing the intruder more important.