US Civil War

midlifecrisis

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what i find quite disturbing is that it's perfectly legal to be out there in combat gear and automatic assault weapons, WTF! it just takes one of those nutters to let loose with those weapons of war and imagine the carnage, just look at this picture, i bet if you put these guys in a real war they'll p1ss their pants

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This is no different to what I see in the 'cycling' thread...a case of who has got the most expensive pushbike/toy
 

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what i find quite disturbing is that it's perfectly legal to be out there in combat gear and automatic assault weapons, WTF! it just takes one of those nutters to let loose with those weapons of war and imagine the carnage, just look at this picture, i bet if you put these guys in a real war they'll p1ss their pants

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Personally, I find it a very alien sub-culture.
 
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When I lived and worked in the U.S. I wasn't into the whole hunting scene. Partly because mixing beer and firearms tends to make me a tad jumpy and suck whatever fun there might be, out of the past-time.
I will add two things though. I once recruited a CEO for a quoted British company, setting up in Houston and moving it's American HQ there. As with any other candidate I supplied to a board, the guy was perfect. Very urbane for an American. Great personality. Highly educated. Excellent history of achievement. We flew him over to the UK, so he could meet key people and we were chatting after one such meet and greet, when I casually asked him how preparation for the move was going. He was driving down to Houston from the North West.
His answer made me do a double take. He said everything was progressing nicely except for one thing. Finding a big enough secure gun cabinet that would fit in his SUV. Apparently, there were strict laws on how you were allowed to transport weapons and ammunition around between states. He was an avid hunter. So his collection consisted of high powered hunting rifles. Shotguns and handguns for home protection and concealed carry. And a few antique rifles. And I think he mentioned semi-automatic assault rifles too.
At the other end of the spectrum, there are an awful lot of military veterans in the U.S. who joined the Army or Marines instead of going to jail and many more who joined because it was the only option for earning a living, when heavy industry and manufacturing generally, left their locales. Most of these guys will have done tours in Iraq and/or Afghanistan and be no stranger to intense conflict with firearms. This might be why so many National Guard troops have been called up. Although US military doctrine since WW2 has been to employ overwhelming force where possible.
As to the street scene above, which I'm assuming is Washington on the 6th.
I would guess that the three guys in the foreground, with assault rifles held by their straps across their chests are
all former military. Each of the guys is reasonably dressed for urban street fighting, in their own way. Although the Go Pros are silly, I'd grant you. Then again. We all like home movies, to an extent. What makes me suggest that these guys are former military is that they are standing in the most relaxed way possible, given they're wearing chest rigs, body armour, handguns and lots of other bits n bobs. This is the way that you're taught to bear the weight of your rifle in the army, if you're going to be standing about for long periods. The weapon is instantly available to aim and fire, but it's weight is being supported by the trunk and not the arms. They look too squared away, for this to have been their first rodeo. Its just a gut feeling, after a quick look.