The Comparison And Contrasts Of The Usage

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The Comparison And Contrasts Of The Usage Of Guns In The United States And Great Essay, Research Paper Within the United States, every police officer carries and is trained in the usage of firearms. Also, we have much less strict rules about gun usage and ownership of guns. Conversely, In Britain, only special police squads use guns and gun ownership is strictly regulated. This paper will attempt to compare and contrast gun usage in both societies and, hopefully, give a glimpse of the social implications of gun policies in both countries. While in Great Britain, I had the chance to tour the West Bar Police Station and see from a first hand perspective how the British law enforcement system works differently than our own. Most of the officers I spoke to did not carry firearms

and were quite surprised and even amused at the fact that most police officers carry fire arms. The general consensus seemed to be that they felt that they simply did not need guns for most situations, that the authority of the ?Bobby? was enough. For situations that involved guns, the firearm squad was employed. This ?squad? consisted of two men, who were specially trained to wield firearms. In order specialize in this field they had to undergo extensive physical, psychological, and mental tests to prove that they were capable to wield these weapons. They were very proud of their status as gun carriers in Great Britain, which is extremely rare. The South Yorkshire police employs 3,240 police officers and has only these two individuals to wield firearms. The officers were very

knowledgeable about the guns they displayed and the techniques involved in combat situations. They were very friendly and informative about the contrasting British system, and patient with the many questions students had. As we all were used to the American system, we were all quite surprised about how different it was. However several times they aimed, accidentally, the guns at the students watching them. Even though all involved in the interchange knew that the guns were not loaded, some American students felt very uncomfortable, especially as two students had had negative experiences with guns. The officers laughed amiably at this discomfort reminding the students about the steps taken to insure firearm safety. Though it could be stated that they were callous, this would be a

gross oversimplification. It was quite obvious from the officers? demeanors and the pride they took their position to educate and act with calm responsibility, that if they knew that they were truly making people uncomfortable they would have stopped. I wonder how much of this was a cultural difference. In the United States, we are inundated with images of guns being used on the television. Also, it is not that odd for an individual to own a gun, in 1993 there was two million legally owned guns for use of defense . Conversely, in Great Britain it rather rare for an individual to own a gun. England and Wales gun ownership can account for 4.7% of households compared to the United States 48% of household owning a gun. It is possible to assume that the officers come from a society in

which people are not as nervous about guns and trust those who have authority to wield them as clear about gun safety. On the other hand, there is a higher percentage of people from the United States who come in contact with guns and may feel and are trained differently about gun safety. Through my stay in Great Britain, I had an opportunity to discuss the differences in attitudes about gun in the United States and Great Britain. Many people were amazed at the fact that Americans felt that gun ownership was an inalienable right. Though I could not say through my small informal discussions, I interviewed a stratified portion of British society, it felt as if the general populous did not seem comfortable with the idea of gun ownership for anything other than hunting. One