A Sense of Safety

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.

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.

Yep, this is totally legal in the US. Source

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.

Chi-city born & raised.

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.


2 thoughts on “A Sense of Safety

  1. Looking at it even further, the pistol laws in Britain are quite complicated, it seems long-barrelled pistols are legal, short-barelled not:

    “”Long-barrelled revolvers” and “long-barrelled pistols” meeting specified criteria are not classified as small, and hence prohibited, firearms; it is legal, with a Firearm Certificate, to possess them. The barrel must be at least 30 cm (12 in) long, and the firearm at least 60 cm (24 in) long, which can be achieved by having a permanently attached extension to the grip or butt of the firearm. Long-barrelled single-shot firearms of any calibre, and semi-automatic pistols of .22 rimfire calibres, are permitted with FAC.

    The 1997 law did not ban pistols as such and was drafted in terms of small firearms.[22]:3.2 British law defines a “pistol” as a firearm with a barrel shorter than 30 cm (12 in) or a total length of less than 60 cm (24 in)[25] (this definition encompasses revolvers, revolving pistols). Only muzzle-loading pistols—including muzzle-loading revolvers—are permitted; in practice all such firearms use black powder—a Class 1 explosive—as the propellant. Small quantities of muzzle-loading pistols and revolvers in various calibres, which comply with the regulations, are manufactured.[26] All other pistols are prohibited in Great Britain, with some exceptions such as pistols used for the humane dispatch of injured animals (such as deer) and some historical firearms.


    of course legal ownership of these long pistols still relies on the police giving a certificate, and they may well not do so to many who ask.


  2. Nice post! Ive never been abroad, but i could imagine that sense of safety you described in contrast to what its like in Chicago. Im in Massachusetts, there are some spots here in springfield that I have to avoid.


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