Thereís a very thin line between peopleís humans rights and going too soft. Sadly in the U.K. the far left have got their way and the criminals are revelling in the outcome. I remember being stopped and searched a reasonable amount whilst growing up... it never bothered me because I never had anything to hide and because I spoke to the law like a decent person I was on my way within no time. Idiot wanna be gangsters of today love the negative attention and make a meal of being stopped, (under probable cause) I guess their lives are so pathetically empty that it gives them something to talk about.
Having said all of that we by no means have the same level of issues compared to the death rates in the U.S. The gun situation out there also needs serious review in my humble opinion but then it seems we all have our issues sadly!
While I don't disagree that more needs to be done here in the US about gun control, I'm not sure what actions would provide tangible results. In the UK, guns were taken away...now down to the pocket knives...That would be a path the US would not want to go down.
While all the items that have happened over the last few years are extremely unfortunate, and I do believe there needs to be some changes, I will not lose sight of the reason why we are allowed to own them, of which I completely agree and support.
Also, don't lose sight that there are far less deaths here than say in the middle east or other countries. They don't have gun rights, but apparently they can make bombs and still get guns. And the vans driving into crowds...It's all over the place. 9/11 killed way more innocent lives in one foul deed than what we have been experiencing with guns. I'm not trying to downplay it, but point out other facts.
Lastly, I grew up in England, was the best time if my life. That said, I have had knives pulled on me several times around the town I lived. Fortunately, nothing ever happened to me. Even saw a kid get stabbed in the neck with a byro pen down in South Banks. In the US, I have never had a knife or firearm pulled out on me. Of course, I am also not visiting rough neighborhoods in Chicago..but where I was to get a knives pulled out in Banbury and Bodicote were safe places to.
We do need better gun control whether it's longer waiting periods, changing the age of being able to purchase them, etc. I am even for getting rid of things like bump stocks and the like. And yes, there is only 1 reason to have a magazine that can store 50 rounds in it....
I'd like to think that if we were ever invaded though, the invaders wouldn't get past the Rockies on the west, and the Appalachians on the east!