Even though I have been living in the UK for 36 years, I still consider myself an American as well. Why can’t I be both? After all, America was made up of British colonies before gaining its independence. My relationship with the United States of America has been like a married couple. We’ve had our ups and downs. At one point in 1986, I actually did say that I hated America but that was then and that angry young man, who was me, is a distant memory.
I grew up loving my country and even gave it the best four years of my life. It was how I was treated after I left the service which turned me into that angry young man. Previous posts will give more details to the reasons behind it. Anyway, I still love America. However, there are things about where the country I love is heading, I’m not happy with.
With the latest Supreme Court ruling, it does seem that guns have more rights in America than women. I wrote in a recent post that I am morally against abortion but I don’t think it should be outlawed. Like I discovered for myself, there are situations where an abortion is the best choice or even necessary for the woman involved. Furthermore, while some call it leftist paranoia, who’s to say that the Supreme Court won’t try to roll back other cases such as gay marriage. I think if two people love each other, then they should get married if they choose, same gender or not. Courts, legislatures nor anyone else has the right to interfere with that.
Warning: Guns will probably dictate this post and this brings me up to another point. It seems the right in America are so worried about children’s minds being poisoned by certain books that they have been banned or even burned. However, these same people think it’s perfectly fine for these fragile minded youths to carry a gun.
A month ago, I posted my thoughts which I have posted on here several times on Facebook. The fact that I find it a little embarrassing that in America, you are legally old enough to buy a gun before you’re legally old enough to buy a beer. Some of the responses I got on that were just as hilarious. The main one was people pointing out that beer is not a Constitutional Right. The British part of me can’t help but to burst out laughing here. Because it is a Constitutional right, we should have 18 year olds, or even younger children to own guns so they could go and shoot up their schools.
Once again, I will state my proposal. I think the age of gun ownership should be raised to 21. BUT, if you serve or have served in the military, then the ages for both drinking and owning guns would be 18. Personally, I don’t think anyone should have a problem with that. After all, the US military does count as a well regulated militia so, this isn’t taking anyone’s guns away or infringing the second amendment.
That’s my rant over. I wish everyone a Happy Independence Day. Enjoy your cookouts, go watch a baseball game and do whatever else you feel is truly American. While I’m not doing it this year, I have 4th of July barbecues and my British friends enjoy them.
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