Heard this story on a talking head radio show (conservative talk radio):
Guy calls in and says he worked most of his life as private security for the tourist industry in Florida; part of his job is to carry a firearm in public (open carry).
He said folks from other countries would demean him as a 'cowboy' for carrying a firearm. He got to where he would engage them in conversation... something like this:
"Why do you (silly) Americans think you need guns?
"To protect us from oppressive and tyrannical governments"
"Those do not exist"
"Yes, really, they do not exist"
So no government has ever been a danger to a citizen?"
"No, of course not"
Then the guard would pull out his neck-chain and show the tourist a star of David, and say:
"Hmmm, I can give you 6M reasons to protect yourself from oppressive and tyrannical governments"
He said usually folks would roll their eyes and walk off.
The evidence is clear... what amazes me is folks just do not want to hear.
So I will repeat my stance on this: Folks who do not live in America may or may not understand what we call freedom... IMO they do not have the right to 'intellectualize' our thinking and our values.