Sydney Watson as an American, sort of, Down Under…
On what’s happening now:
On Self Defense:
On Gun Laws in Australia:
What happens when you can’t defend yourself and the police are 20 minutes away? Mobs and gangs.
This is in the evolutionary nature of human beings. We form clans, teams, squads, armies, and if not formally approved they are called “gangs”. It has been going on since, well, lets just say Chimps form up raiding and hunting parties. As soon as there is an “us” and a “them” and when they can’t demonstrate effective defense strategies, one gang beats up the other one and takes there stuff. Substantially all of human history, IMHO, is dominated by the development of ever larger, more effective, and better armed gangs with more official approval to fend off the other guys. If you don’t do that, your gang ceases to exist (one way or another). To expect that to suddenly end because you asked nicely is just stupid.
To think the “Officially Approved Gang” will be able to protect you is just suicidal. They can help, but for the first 1/2 hour, you are on your own. Doesn’t matter the country or the culture or the gun laws. It is the mechanics of policing and the nature of people. The goal of policing isn’t to protect you, it is to raise the risk of attacking others so high it becomes acceptably rare. It WILL still happen, and if it happens to you, you WILL still be on your own for the critical part of it. That is why a “Right Of Self Defense” and the effective means to do it matters so much. It raises the risk to the attacker and that helps everyone.
BTW, I’ll believe prohibition of weapons and lots of police is sufficient as soon as there are no more killings in prisons and prisoners no longer have a “shiv”, clubs, and other weapons. Oh, and as soon as they don’t have a drug problem “inside” too.