Well, not madness really, but M.A.D. Ness. Mutually Assured Destruction. Basically it goes something like this: You have a bow and arrow and so must I; You have a pistol and so must I; You have rocket tanks and so must I; You have nuclear weapons and so must I. It isn’t so much respect or understanding, but is actually a sort of never said threat against another and they say the same back to you in no uncertain terms. It is the backwards version of “Do unto others as you wish they would do unto you” instead saying “you try to fuck me up I’ll fuck you up the same back, so don’t”

It is also of the same kind that you have a lot to loose and so I, which works the same way, if a little more like actual respect than the unsaid threat above.

However, where does it end? Can it end? Could at some point in the future all nuclear arms be destroyed? The logic that can applied to this will let us know that yes, why not? If everyone has no nuclear weapons then the level of one-up has decreased, meaning that no one requires them to be threatened as there is no one at that level. That logically makes sense. The second logical statement is obvious – it is unlikely that anyone would ever use them, simply for the Mutually Assured part. A single war head let off in combat would set the world up for total annihilation, with almost no going back. So if there is no chance that someone who rationally use them, why have them at all?

I am not for nuclear disarmament, as even though both statements above are logically sound and would make sense if argued in a rational era, we don’t like in a rational era and we don’t live in a time where such a thing could actually be governed –who’d be in charge of taking all the weapons in and disposing of them? And who is there to stop them from just keeping some of these weapons to them selves? It has gone too far for anything to be done about it now, assuming that any country would want to. Then why would they? They’d counter argue that at some point someone would use their weapon and they would need them for that – and even if that never happened, if they don’t expect to ever use them, then what harm is there in having them at all?

Let’s move away from the world reaching nuclear weapon angle and approach it with a more local example. This weekend, under the influence of a few light hearted beverages, my self and the Americans were talking about guns. Y’see, Noah has some. Two hand guns, a shotgun and an assault rifle. I explained that if I ever saw them in his house, just sitting about, I’d probably need to go to the bathroom and relieve myself – and I wondered if it was because I am British, or is it because I am not American?

I see guns as these sexy, brutal, and scary objects that I have had no experience with. I don’t think that I’d own one if I lived in America and I don’t think I’d be comfortable around people who have them in the house. Is this because I don’t have any experience with them? I see them as this kind of object that I don’t get a chance to ever see, or to have lost my fear of them. I have done enough hill walks for me to no longer be scared of falling off the cliff, but I know that there is the probability that it could happen, and I wonder if this is the same reason that I am potentially scared of bearing arms.

Or is it because I am not American? I grew in a country where no one I know has a gun, and no one I know has ever needed to have something to protect their family against such a weapon. I understand that in America everyone has the right to own a gun (a normal citizen, not a criminal or anything like that) and that it is constitutionally written as such, whereas in Britain, not having a constitution aside, is that why we don’t have the respect for such weapons, the fact that we have no need to use them?

It comes down to mutually assured destruction, and that if my neighbour can have a gun then so must I. And also, like nuclear weapons, it is too far gone. There are too many people who associated carrying weapons as integral to their nation, whether or not it actually is, for the right to be outlawed, and even then, where would all the gun companies get money from, and the criminals would still all have them. America is guns, and guns are America.

Maybe I would buy one if I lived there, just to be safe.