Anonymous said...'Fear is rampant; armed men with pistols are attacking residential homes' -- Mayor Van Rysselberghe, Concepcion. Source--> http://tinyurl.com/ydg6gbuHi, no other country comes close to USA in terms of gun rights. Most dont allow ownership of serious defensive weapons and those that do almost never allow people to carry them.
Hi FerFal, in light of US Supreme Court likely chance to lift Chicago gun ban, I'm curious about how US compares to citizen rights and gun laws in Latin America or other countries you know of. This month US citizens without criminal background are allowed to carry gun for self defense in US national parks (turn from 94 year ban on guns in parks). Until now only criminals, park officers, and police could carry firearm in park. Story--> http://tinyurl.com/yjy4env
I enjoyed your book and based on my experience in risky situations you're giving folks useful information they can use 'on street level' so to speak. It's all about having knowledge and tools to manage risk in your life...it's a lifestyle.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to the children, men, and women in Chile. It saddens me to see people live in fear. From what you hear to what extent is the media dramatizing the level of chaos and violence in the streets? I know US media can create doomsday scenario pretty quickly...causing fear and panic.
I dont think they are dramatizing things, but they are of course showing the worst of the quake, there are places where things are already back to normal (given the circumstances )
It also depends a lot on how lucky you are. Its easy to say this or that only happened to a few hundred or a few thousand. But when it happens to you its 100%.
gaga said..."closest parallel was the 1994 riots in Los Angeles. Korean shopkeepers (American citizens)seemed to do just fine with their AK's and AR-15's. "
They didn't stop the looting though, did they? In fact, American is one of the most heavily armed and crime infested countries in the world .
Well... actually they DID stop the looters from looting the stores.
If you think America is "crime infested" you need to travel more, and I assure you no other citizens enjoy the freedom Americans do.
Talked to my folks today, they've been living in Spain for many years now. They told be the government is encouraging snitching, telling the authorities about any irregularity regarding tax payiment or such you may have heard of or have suspicions. They pay yo a % of the money supposedly owed, even if the case goes to trial and the person you accused is declared innocent. A nice gestapo think they have going on in Spain these days.
USA isn't perfect, but I challenge you to mention one single country where people enjoy the freedom and rights they do in America.