johns624 wrote:Dutchy wrote:Why are you so concerned with what happens in the US? Doesn't the Netherlands have enough issues of its own? I don't comment on them. When you think about it, ARs are statistically very safe. There are literally millions of them in the US. Yet, very few are used for unlawful purposes. I've owned at least one for the last30+ years and it's never committed a crime. It hasn't even thought about it. It just stays propped up in the corner of a closet, unloaded.LabQuest wrote:
Yes of course. You've got to be reasonable in all aspects of life. I'm not some gun nut and I'm not fiercely defending anything. You wouldn't catch me dead at a gun 2nd amendment protest. I don't want machine guns or even people to be able to buy a gun without a heavy background check. There absolutely needs to be gun reform in the USA. But I feel that doesn't need to include banning the types of guns we've had for decades and decades.
That's a weird reason. If you have something for decades and decades doesn't mean we can't change it, now is it. Needless to say, you haven't convinced me a. bit why you need/want a semi-automatic as an ordinary citizen.
So, how is the Netherlands going to find the money to replace its Walrus-class subs, Tripartite minehunters and Karel Doorman class frigates all at once? They are all getting long in the tooth. Maybe you should worry more about that. You should also worry about the retirement of all your Leopold tanks.
'Well your country has issues too' is a terrible reason to not discuss another country's policies. Pure whataboutery and not a defence at all. I despair for the level of debate we currently have when people cannot argue or defend a point without recourse to 'well what about you!'. That's Russian troll level discussion.
Why is Dutchy concerned with the US? Like quite a few people he's sad to see so many people die needlessly because Second Amendment. I'm sure Dutchy will want to combat issues at home as well, we live in what's supposed to be a free world, that means being able to comment on things. By the way, you said you don't comment on Dutch issues, yet you ask about Dutch defence, if you don't want to be a hypocrite then you can't talk about what issues the Dutch have.