Okay guys....lets take a step backwards and have a bit of a think about what we are saying, and not go instantly on the defensive from what we perceive others are saying.
I have read the Reuters article and I tend to think that it is a typical reporters twist on a story that probably should not have even been reported on as its hardly newsworthy. This absolutely reeks, it stinks like sh1t, of your typical "ANTI" driven story. The reactions I am seeing here
are the sort of things the ANTIS pick up on and can use against us.
The reporter makes particular mention that the tourist is and "American"...he also reports a "mini arsenal". I think the reporter is the one guilty of "yank bashing" here...typical of a mediocre reporter, a loser, who needs to sensationalise a story to get it into print. OK, a 12 gauge, a revolver, a rifle and a knife is a bit to carry, but if your look at it realistically, and from a hunters point of view, then what he was carrying was pretty much what a hunter would carry for a week or more long hunt. A shotgun for ducks or slug hunting, a revolver for self protection (there are wolves in Europe) a rifle for deer or whatever else and a knife to dress and skin an animal. Kauko, Bushy, Chambered, anyone of us here...tell me that I am seeing things incorrectly?
Kauko old mate...ease up on the "yank bashing" mate
...that's my job to stir them up.
Sure, there are a lot of people in the US carry a firearm for self protection, but it is an unfortunate fact of life that in these troubled times they probably need to carry. I feel that this has been bought about by the multi racial society that is forced upon us by our Governments. Each and every race or Nationality is different in its own ways, has different moral and ethical standards...that's not to say any are wrong, just different.
Chambered, I see your point mate...but pouring fuel on a fire doesn't subdue it buddy.
There is a lot of ill feeling around the world towards the USA at this time because of the downturn in worldwide economics that has hurt many of us...Americans and others alike...damn, we are suffering badly here in Australia and its directly as a result of the international Stock Markets.
It is not the American people that are to blame per se...it is the big Multi National Corporations right around the world who got terribly greedy and bought about the big crash, the recession...call it what you will. What Kauko says about the US Government bailing out some companies is true, but I think to a certain extent his meaning has been lost due, in part, to his basic comprehension of the English language. I think he is alluding to the fact that the automotive manufacturing industry in Russia (USSR) was owned wholly by the Soviet Government and that technically, it certainly appears, that the majority shareholder in General Motors today is the US Government. Having said that, Kauko, General Motors is not just a US owned Corporation...it is worldwide mate...USA, Australia, Europe, UK. Its like Volvo was until recently (I think there was a change) was majority owned by Ford.
I will not comment on the reference to Communists...I think that is best left alone.
Basically, I think that a lot of Kauko's comments are being taken literally, when in fact they are most likely being "lost in the delivery" because of his less than perfect English.
Sooooo.....everybody.....with me....nice and slowly....big breath in, hold, breathe out...breathe in, hold, breathe out...repeat this exercise 5 times, then grab yaself a beer or three and relax and remember that we, each and every one of us, are part of the worldwide family of hunting and firearms enthusiasts...not enemies....but friends.
Time for a beer methinks...who's interested?