Thought I would drop my ten cents in as I have lived on both sides of the pond and think I have a little experience in this.
Back in living in the Midlands days, I had a keen interest in guns after being brought up on BB and air rifles.(Still have my webley junior pistol today!
).But trying to follow that interest was very difficult.In the end joined a local range (Wednesbury Marksmen ) and learned the basics and safety of handguns there. Was just so restrictive though that took a lot of the enjoyment out of it. Rules of ownership of your own weapons /ammo was just ludicrous.
On moving to the States I saw the other side of the fence. You could go to your local Kmart and buy rifles and shotguns. (little more restrictive on handguns).
Over the last ten years I have seen all sorts of legislation brought in to try and curb the illegal use of guns.Biggest issue I can see is ,they all target the legal,honest user. The criminal faction dont and wont abide by these rules anyway. So what you get is a one sides situation where only the "bad guys "have the guns
Unfortunately is only the "gun nuttters" and extremists that get the press and give the rest of the gun community a bad name.
My two young boys show a keen interest in many field sports and I encourage that fact. We recently went to an organised event for junior shooters that was a great family day. In a very structured and well run event, they taught, archery,.22 rifle, blackpowder rifle,as well as tomahawk throwing and fire starting crafts.
I was very proud that my one son was youngest there to win a medal for the black powder silouhette shooting event.
So are we all nutters and wierdos for enjoying guns
Just like any other education for your kids;it's much better being shown the correct way instead of being drawn into it on the streets.My kids have a great respect for firearms ,but that doesn't mean they cant also have fun with them.
As for the young girl with the fully auto machine gun;a little extreme for my own views, but not for me to dictate my opinions on others(that should be saved just for the Dads anyhow
So no easy answer on the gun issue. Just need more educated and informed people before they start jumping on the anti-gun bandwagon.