Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Virginia Tech massacre exposes how different Britain and America are

In the aftermath of the Dunblane massacre, support for a handgun ban in the UK was unequivocal. Those who were opposed to it were demonised. The gun laws in the UK are now so strict that even our Olympic shooters have to train abroad.

Many in Britain who have watched the Virginia Tech massacre and so many similar tragedies will be asking a simple question: "Why not just ban guns and stop this happening again?". But this is the United States and many Americans are asking the opposite question: "Why didn't the University allow students to carry concealed weapons so they could defend themselves? "

It is events such as these that expose the huge cultural barrier that exists between Britain and America.