Well, here's why I, for one, have limited enthusiasm for seeing gun topics raised on a general discussion forum, let alone one about Health
There are a number of areas where 'solutions' adopted by the US have eventually evolved to become either the problem they were attempting to solve, or worse than that problem.
For instance, the constitutional arrangements, which far from producing the most light-handed, compact, efficient and enlightened government
in the world .... well, you can see where I'm going with that.
Or the rule
of lawyers (in place of the rule
of law) or the cult of the individual, or discretionary-consumption-fueled growth ....
And I think we can see that guns
and ammo have become problem they were seeking to solve. Your citizens may be free, but they don't appear to feel very safe.
Regrettably the US has been very successful in exporting many of these 'solutions' to the rest of the world.
I personally think the success reflects badly on the rest of the world: despite having the opportunity to see how badly it has worked out in the place of origin, there seems undiminished and mindless enthusiasm for "monkey see, monkey do".
So, with regard to the narrow topic of guns
, in the age of the www, I'm frankly sickened to see the increasing proportion of posts on general interest forums
where gun afficionados proudly list their armoury, and seek public validation from like-minded others.
In terms of unintended consequences, it's a bit like GIs in earlier times handing out Coca-Cola – except it seems to me they genuinely had no reason to know they were not
dispensing something of great value, with no conceivable downside.
If this persists, I personally think it might be worth considering a sub-forum, requiring separate registration
, where gun threads could be shifted. It seems like something better talked about in relative privacy, and that would also minimise the backlash and escalation into silliness.
But, in cases where the OP is actually attention-seeking rather than info-seeking, like a small boy who has discovered he has a willy and wants everyone to know, I guess that's not going to scratch their itch.
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Evans has a valid point, granted, but it's narrow, for a specific and highly localised problem, with no bearing on the OP's question.
And to me armed convoys are not really a satisfactory long-term solution, and can only lead to an escalation in capability: do we really want pirates evolving along a continuum which leads to drone attacks, rocket grenades, or biological weapons used against cruising vessels? Remove the easy prey, and such a local predator will either switch to a more easily defended prey, and hopefully either be outgunned, or starve.
I personally think that people with superyachts could afford to use a different route
, and cruisers should rearrange their priorities so they have time to use a different route
It's like sailing in certain areas in the hurricane
season: there are other options, and most people don't think twice.