@slava, Thank you for voicing your opinion in an intelligent way instead of all emotion and name calling, you have no idea how refreshing that is.
I wasn’t talking about protecting ourselves from the government, which is also very true though, I was actually talking about the everyday person sitting in their home doing, whatever and one or more criminals break into their home carrying illegal guns, which can be bought in any country, with the intent to kill the occupants and steal whatever they can find. In America you can get your gun and defend yourself, in gun banned countries you can get killed and that’s all you can do. I’ve tried to look at this from different angles but I still don’t see how not being able to defend yourself is a good thing.
The second point I would like to address is the amount of gun deaths in America. Our own FBI has stated that there are more violence and murders committed in the United States with knives than guns. Given this information I would ask why other countries find our level of gun usage frightening, yet nothing at all is said about our even higher usage of knives?
As a matter of opinion I do not believe the rest of the countries in the world do not mistrust their government. In countries where a very large portion of your income is taken away from you, there is no animosity and mistrust? I will just have to say that we will agree to disagree, as for instance Sweden’s income taxes are at 50%, if my research is correct. Where is your motivation to trust a government that takes half of everything you make, and that’s just Sweden.
Ask yourself this question, If the rest of the world sees America as this, old west, shootem’ up, blood running in the streets, kind of country, why do millions cross our borders illegally and why do we have millions LEGALLY requesting to come here?
Another point I would like to speak on is that there is freedom, the same freedom we have in the U.S,, in socialist countries. I will start with the least of the offenses perpetrated on their citizens, it is no secret that socialist news media is censored heavily when it comes to internal issues, the only group that censors heavier are the communist nations.
Now, about the worst case scenario of socialism. Adolf Hitler was not a communist he was a socialist, he hated the communists almost as much as he hated the Jews. I don’t think I need to repeat what he did to his own people either killing them or putting them in an unnecessary war they couldn’t win.
You said that socialism can be meted out in degree’s and I feel I have shown a fair range in that spectrum, media censorship and complete take over. I don’t know how to show a broader scale so please bear with me.
You say that with education you can control socialism. What if, whoever is in power at the time, and yes this is hypothetical, decides that he no longer wants to let the people have a vote and further decides that he will simply become “Ruler”, so he informs his military that as leader of the country they will do as he says. Now we are right back to the scenario of the people’s house being broken into, they can do nothing. They must simply accept what has happened and hope the ruler will be kind to them.
If my saying you were a socialist seemed as if it were meant to insult you, I apologize. Somehow when I think democrat, I think socialist. I guess because they are always pushing for bigger government. No insult was intended.
Actually, I hope you will overlook my poor wording and continue our discussion.