So glad I live in a country where I can put my hand in my pocket to take something out of it without fear of being shot by the Police or "thrown to the ground in case I have a gun".
I don't think you lot realise just how ridiculous your country looks to the rest of the world in this respect.
England has had its share of gun happy cops.
England has this "Firearms Squad".
They were brought over here a while back for the visit by the "Royals".
I do PR, fire breathing, dancing with machetes, trick shooting, etc.
They all had tasers.
They have red lasers and call it "Red doting".
I pointed out how stupid that is, and showed them my pistol, pointing out that it is not "less than lethal and by pointing this red dot, they could get shot.
They put the tasers away.
But, yes, I totally agree, the culture is different.
In England, one can get a gun, but with effort.
In the US (Texas), I can walk into any gun store and walk out with my purchase in 15 minutes.
But, if you were to wind up visiting Texas, and were not aware of this, and reached into your pocket with the police there, there might be a problem.
The reason for this is.http://bondarms.com/http://northamericanarms.com/
As you can see, the things are the size of a smartphone, or modern talkie.
I have the needed permit, and can run out and buy one, not that a permit is needed, it just makes buying faster.
But, yes, at times I have to wonder?
The violent crime rate however, is all but nonexistent.
Gangs roaming the streets?
Muggings just do not happen.
So, you take the good with the bad.
But, now that you understand that things are a little different, you can plan accordingly.
And that is the whole point, awareness.
I am not advocating the carrying of guns, but some do here.