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    My father flew out of RAF Bodney in Norfolk during WWII. He said the Brits we damn fine soldiers and airmen. During my time in the CG I did get to meet a few of HMCG personnel when they came over for helo SAR ops training. They gave me no reason to doubt my father's assessment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taurustoter View Post
    No government, nor country for that matter, lasts forever. I do have to admit though, the drive for one group of people to rule over another, never seems to go away...controlling weapons of any sort, is just one way that they use to control another group of people. This too, never lasts forever. You would think, in knowing this, we would try to find a better way, but this can never be. About the time you get old enough to understand this, you die off, and another generation comes along and has to learn what the other one died with.
    Yea, if we could only write it down so our kids could have it so they wouldn't have to suffer.
    We could say something like...
    ​We The People, in order to form a more perfect union....
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    It's been almost 35-years since I left the UK. Laterly, I lived in London and was a member of the Kensington Rifle and Pistol Club. I always shot the club guns but by the time I got there they had been well used and pretty dirty so I decided that it would be better if I got my own .22 Anschutz rifle. And there began the saga. After the third visit to my home by two detectives from Scotland Yard I said "sod it" and withdrew my application for a license which was exactly what they wanted to hear in the first place. If you do persevere the laws associated with gun ownership are pretty draconian as well.

    I also used to go bird hunting up in Scotland several times a year. Again, I always used a borrowed shotgun. And yet again I thought it would be nice if I owned my own so I went to Kensington Police Station to get the forms to apply for a shotgun license. The sergeant behind the desk basically told me not to waste my time because if I submitted an application he could guarantee that they would "misplace" it. That was back then. Things are even worse now.

    Now you know why I appreciate this country so much and why I was proud to become an American citizen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ETF View Post
    It's been almost 35-years since I left the UK. Laterly, I lived in London and was a member of the Kensington Rifle and Pistol Club. I always shot the club guns but by the time I got there they had been well used and pretty dirty so I decided that it would be better if I got my own .22 Anschutz rifle. And there began the saga. After the third visit to my home by two detectives from Scotland Yard I said "sod it" and withdrew my application for a license which was exactly what they wanted to hear in the first place. If you do persevere the laws associated with gun ownership are pretty draconian as well.

    I also used to go bird hunting up in Scotland several times a year. Again, I always used a borrowed shotgun. And yet again I thought it would be nice if I owned my own so I went to Kensington Police Station to get the forms to apply for a shotgun license. The sergeant behind the desk basically told me not to waste my time because if I submitted an application he could guarantee that they would "misplace" it. That was back then. Things are even worse now.

    Now you know why I appreciate this country so much and why I was proud to become an American citizen.
    Britain better hope no country tries to plan an invasion, like the Germans were trying to do with Operation Sea Lion. Defending one's home with pointy sticks, against people armed with guns, would be a losing battle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taurustoter View Post
    Britain better hope no country tries to plan an invasion, like the Germans were trying to do with Operation Sea Lion. Defending one's home with pointy sticks, against people armed with guns, would be a losing battle.
    It almost was. My father was "called up" to serve in the British Army at the beginning of 1940. It was several months before he even got a rifle. They drilled and trained with broomsticks. That's how prepared the Brits were for armed conflict.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ETF View Post
    It almost was. My father was "called up" to serve in the British Army at the beginning of 1940. It was several months before he even got a rifle. They drilled and trained with broomsticks. That's how prepared the Brits were for armed conflict.
    Indeed that is exactly how it was. However, we British had two secret weapons which, when necessary, are still put to good use today.. Sarcasm and Irony.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManxTom View Post
    Indeed that is exactly how it was. However, we British had two secret weapons which, when necessary, are still put to good use today.. Sarcasm and Irony.
    ...and a third. Dry humor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taurustoter View Post
    ...and a third. Dry humor.
    You could say that... I couldn't possibly comment..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManxTom View Post
    You could say that... I couldn't possibly comment..
    Aww man, you British are pretty good people...in my humble opinion. Pink Floyd said it best..."quiet desperation is the English way". The only problem you guys have, is your government thinking it needs to do all your thinking for you. It must be a "left over" from the days of Kings and Queens form of governing.
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