Global gun cultures
Gun cultures are found around the world, and evidence various attitudes towards guns in such places as the United States, UK, Japan, and Pakistan. Among the most studied and discussed global gun cultures is that of the gun culture in the United States.
The U.K. gun culture is represented by shooting sports.
At one time Japan had a thriving gun culture, but in modern times guns in Japan are for all practical purposes eliminated completely from society.
Gun ownership, especially in the mountainous northwest, is part of traditional Pakistani culture. Rifles are handed down from generation to generation for hunting and for celebratory fire. In the 21st century, increases in terrorist threats, and particularly in urban kidnappings, extortions, and robberies, has led to an increase in civilian demand for guns for self-protection.
In no particular order, Pakistanis view the right to arms and/or the right to bear arms and/or state militias as important for one or more of these purposes:
- Repelling an invasion;
- suppressing insurrection;
- Facilitating a natural right of self-defence;
- Participating in law enforcement;
- Enabling the people to organise a militia system.
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