I was horrified on my last trip through Heathrow to find British
carrying guns. Doesn't surprise me that violence has risen since they
carrying guns. Perhaps in an airport it is understandable, but not
elsewhere. The more guns around the more likely a kook will use it to
settle a grievance (or whatever).
The reason I mentioned chivalry is because of the nature of
mediaeval society a man's word, loyalty wwere important (particularly in
an oral society). But we have another context today, one where moral
attitudes by society that does not accept violent behaviour goes a long
way toward influencing, or containing kooks. Sadly that is not the case
today, though it was in my youth.
On 3/10/01 1:05 PM J. H. Brothers writes:
>Since our press
>is vehemently anti-gun. One shooter was stopped by a shop owner with a
>shotgun. Another by a teacher who got a gun from his car. They can respond
>much quicker than the police.
>Outlawing guns is not necessarily the answer. Even countries with very
>strict gun laws like Britain get the occasional kook. And I noticed that
>the incidence of gun violence in Britain has increased to the point that
>many police now carry guns.
>Just to set the record straight, we own a shotgun (no shells) and a
>flintlock (no powder).
>As for the things of Arthurian legends. I'll stick with modern medicine,
>flush toilets, and national armies. Life then for most was short and
>relatively brutal. even the nobles did not live very well. And for those
>who care chivalry, morals, ethics, and romance are still very much alive.
>One does not have to surrender and live in the gutter with the rest of the
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