A Gun-Dumb Brit's Journey Into American Gun Culture

To conquer his fear of guns, a British immigrant takes a road trip to gun lovers' mecca: the NRA Convention

"I usually don't make any notes when I'm giving a talk," he says. "I might write something down on a napkin, maybe. Not tonight. Tonight, I've got some things I need to say."

We're fighting not only "for our country," but also "for our souls," he says. The audience is hushed. Beck, it turns out, has a rifle. He raises it above his head. He's on the verge of tears, as he has been throughout the speech. You can hear his voice break, especially when he mentions Sandy Hook.

"After the Sandy Hook massacre, the government went in, seized the opportunity, exploited these families and pushed for more control over our lives. It's immoral."

Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent
Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck

Applause sweeps through the auditorium. Beck takes a moment to collect himself.

"The only way you can control a free people is to lie! The bigger the lie, the longer you deny reality, the more apt people are to believe it."

It's when he says "they've accepted the media lie that the NRA is malicious" that things start to turn. Thousands of eyes turn toward the media. I get the same feeling I had holding that AR-15, only this time they're holding the metaphorical Bushmasters, and I'm the intruder at the bottom of their stairs.

The next day, I come back for more. I talk to a group of elderly men leaned up against a streetlight. They've come all the way from Tennessee, and they're a lot more interested in my views than they are in telling me theirs, which are largely attacks on the recent gun-control measures.

"I'm from outside the gun debate," I tell them. "I'm a neutral. Really, I have no idea what I'm doing here."

"You better learn quick, boy. There are some bad people in this country."

I've heard this several times over the weekend, and at this point, I start to ask myself, in haltingly perfect English: Do I need a gun? How am I going to stop someone who breaks into my house? Does it matter that a new gun would instantly become my most valuable possession in that house, followed not that closely by my tea kettle?

I limp up the escalator for one last date with madness, a speech by Ted Nugent. He's calling the speech "Freedom Is Not Free," which I immediately recognize as one of the musical numbers from Team America: World Police. It's a ballad satirizing the overuse of the word "freedom" in political rhetoric. I hum it to myself and wonder how to compute what I'm witnessing: a speech by Ted Nugent that unwittingly has the same name as a song that expertly satirizes the likes of Ted Nugent. Eventually, it hits me: Satire just died in a conference hall in downtown Houston.

I leave the auditorium before the speech starts, past the "WAAAAALL OF GUUUUUNS" that never runs out of guns and into the street. I realize as I leave that, no, I'll never squeeze the trigger of an AR-15, that I'll never own a handgun. I probably won't even buy a stun gun. There's just nothing for me here, I think as I make for the door, although I will admit: There's something about those halberds.

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sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

It was guns that defeated you Brits from controlling the colonies 

It was that control that led to people saying,

look, governments have all the power and if we dont want to go through this again, the citizens should have a way to defend themselves


But now lets go to street crimes where BAD PEOPLE have access to guns 

from the UK's Telegraph news service:

Analysis of figures from the European Commission showed a 77 per cent increase in murders, robberies, assaults and sexual offences in the UK since Labour came to power.

The total number of violent offences recorded compared to population is higher than any other country in Europe, as well as America, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

Opposition leaders said the disclosures were a "damning indictment" of the Government's failure to tackle deep-rooted social problems.

Ok, so then YOU GLOAT…



Crime happens

good people have a right to stop bad people

as your UK becomes more "culturally diverse" violence will rise even more


the governments throughout history have enslaved people

guns give people a chance to stop that

from the Telegraph:

Overall, 5.4 million crimes were recorded in the UK in 2007 - more than 10 a minute - second only to Sweden.

 government's comprehensive failure over more than a decade to tackle the deep rooted social problems in ou



right around the time frame the Brits went even further to confiscate / leave the good people defenseless

vegandawg23 topcommenter

What does this have to do with Orange County? Is the oc weekly on record as anti-gun? Are you just trying to push your agenda to deny CITIZENS their constitutional rights while letting in hordes of uneducated peasants from Mexico? Is that what the left is trying to do to this nation?


I quote, " ... there are basically no guns in the United Kingdom and basically no gun violence."

I beg to differ. See here  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-22436932

Gun related crime, but only by criminals as we, the public, have been disarmed.

The author of this article is a product of the UK's dumbed-down, panty-waisted, gun-phobic socialist influenced education system, incapable of looking after himself and gazing doe-eyed at the GOVERNMENT to protect him.

He's a wuss.