Following the recent school shooting in Florida I have seen many discussions here about the relative merits of gun control or the lack of it.
I am well aware that, not being an American and not having had to live with the proliferation of armaments available to the populous there I have no right to comment really, but, in personal terms I am going to.
I hope not to upset anyone on either side of the argument because what I am about to express is both a personal view arrived at from experience and also that of a Brit.
I carried arms for many years and in many places. When I handed in my weapons on leaving the army I felt I would miss them, but the strange thing is I never did.
In all the years since I have never once come across a situation where a gun would have either helped or solved anything.
I laid down my gun many years ago and have never regretted it for one moment so while I understand there are occupations, other than military or police, where firearms are needed, I cannot understand why, outside of those, anyone should feel that possessing one or more should be considered desirable.
OK. Now digging in for the firestorm I fully expect to descend upon me.