This blog post may be seen as controversial, but is simply an expression of my own experiences.
May 31, 2016
There’s something incredible that I’ve noticed in my time in London: no matter how sketchy of an area I’m in, I never seem to feel as unsafe as I would feel in a similar area in the states. At first I had no idea why this was; maybe I’m just so enthralled by the beauty of this city that I’m overlooking the dangers that surround me. But then I realized that it had to do with one thing and one thing only: gun control.
Now, this blog post is going to be a bit controversial, so if you’re looking for a fight, click away now and watch some cat videos on YouTube.
Here in the United Kingdom, it is illegal for a citizen to own any kind of firearm. In the United States, it’s totally fine for citizens to own pretty much any time of gun, including AK-47s, a gun that can fire up to 600 bullets per minute. Why any civilian would need a gun that powerful is beyond me.
Tonight as I walked home from a friend’s gig in Camden Lock, my friends and I soon realized that we weren’t in the best area. However, I never felt that unsafe since I knew that there was no possibility of a drive-by shooting or a gang shootout happening. Growing up in Chicago, these are always things I have been afraid of when I found myself in bad areas.
But here, things just felt different. The biggest fear I had was getting robbed, and in comparison, that’s not bad at all. I can only hope that someday the U.S. catches up with the rest of the world.