isthatu2No,its not about punishment,never was.
Oh, it is. When you risk being hung for robbery, it makes you think. When it's two years in comfort, what the fck.
isthatu2Its a culture shift, (..) in the 90s would have at most ended up with a bit of a staring out contest or one or two punches.
That's the thing I kept in my mind all the time. Culture is important. For example, there's as many knives in Poland as in England, but no stabbing culture. No knife-carrying culture, except some regions despised widely for this very reason.
And no gun culture. So if I were to introduce freedom of gun ownership, it would be like what somebody already said, similar to driving license.
Still, it's not quite about those gangs. I don;t think legal gun ownership would solve this particular problem. It's about common, private crime, businesslike thing, to get money or enjoy power.