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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:08 PM
DryRain (237 posts)
13. I'm sorry, immigration in Canada? THAT's the problem in the USA?
How many "illegal immigrants" in Canada, versus the USA?
I will grant you free health care, but 99% of those on public assistance in Detroit have access to free health care. True, the low wage working class folks in the great old USA do NOT have access to free health care, but few of those working mothers on 20 hours per week at McDonald's ever own or use a weapon.
The ONE UNIVERSAL difference is that in the USA, guns are legally available to anyone 18+ years old, at Walmart or somewhere else, or on the internet. In Canada, this idea is ludicrous, outrageous, and totally outside the realm of normal society.
Tell me, how many mentally deranged Detroit folks who couldn't get free health care went out and shot somebody!
They shot somebody because they could legally get a gun, not because they couldn't get a free flu shot.
I have spend over 10 years living in 4 major Canadian cities, I have relatives who are native born Canadians. They think America is foolish to allow anyone to own a gun, without a valid reason. They totally restrict assault weapons sales to those in the Canadian military, or to local police with RCMP approval.
The USA, in their love of unbridled freedom, thinks crazy people should be allowed to walk the streets, beg for money, and freeze in winter, and be able to buy guns, as long as they have never been judged crazy.
I see kids in high school and college in both countries, I talk with them often in my work. NOT ONE of the Canadian kids fears a mass shooting, when asked about VA Tech, but American college kids are very apprehensive about the question, and have no realistic solutions, walking away thinking about the problem.
Canada and the USA are very different, because, somewhere in the history of the USA, the sense of responsibility for our fellow man faded away, but in Canada, following the English and French traditions of "nobless oblige", people with wealth and privilege felt the need to take care of others, to make sure the proper people had access to power and forces of destruction, by contrast, in the USA, ANYONE can do as they please, from the lowliest and poorest and most sick to the most deserving of our admiration.......both were considered "equals". In Canada, one has to earn respect, in the USA, all Americans think they deserve it from the moment of birth.
SORRY, Americans, you don't deserve "respect" from the moment of birth, you deserve equal rights to make your own way in the world, not anything more nor less.
And insisting upon and demanding a right to ownership of guns as part of your way to get there? No respect for that at all.
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