I actually wanted to start an a bit similar thread, but more focused on cultural differences between Europe and the US (and other parts of the world) concerning how guns are perceived, but also other areas.
I said it in the linked thread already:
The perception of guns is most likely one of the biggest differences between US and European culture.
If, like MC Laren suggested above, Spyderco would choose to advertize and display their products together with an AR 15, this would certainly attract parts of the American customers. But here in Europe, most people would find it very strange and not appropriate, associate it with violence, a bit mad weirdos or that these knives are just for professional Military folks.
I know, this might offend some of the US members here, and it is not what I personally think (!)
, but it is just a neutral report how it is where I live in Europe, regardless if one likes this or not.
I really think most US folks can´t really imagine this if they have not lived here in Europe for a while.
And vice versa many Europeans do not know about the background of the US gun culture, especially not that it is more than just guns, but closely linked to insisting on a constitutional right (amendment). I just know and respect this since I watch a lot of US news outlets on youtube and am interested in American politics. But many here are not.
In Europe guns are just "not a thing".
- No one carries one, most don´t want to carry one, there is a vastly lower perceived need to protect oneself with a gun since there is almost no gun violence here (for example: In 2017 the homicides by guns were 45 TIMES
(not percent, in percent it would be 4500 %!) higher in the US than in Austria / Europe where I live)
- Guns are also not a political issue at all here:
In the US, it very well might determine for which party one votes depending on how the position of the party on fire arms might be. In Europe most parties will not even have a position on this or all will have the same and no one cares.
This can even lead to unnecessary conflicts between US citizens and Europeans: If an European says that he is against guns, an American will often reflectively put him in a certain political spectrum or s ....uuups posted this to early. by accident, continuation in the next post..
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