I'm not defending the mindset Domalino. But whether we like it or not, however it was achieved, the idea that the gun is a backstop to liberty, and that this is written into the constitution, is a stubborn argument in the US. The mere fact that this mindset has survived federal govt attempts at gun control only illustrates my point. I only referred to this ideology to make the point that I think it's unlikely that the US gun industry can carve out a market in the UK, because we don't have the same constitutional background, but we still have reason to worry because of our proximity to war zones.The 2nd Ammendment was around in 1968 when the Gun Control Act banned the sale of all guns without a sporting use, and in 1994 when Clinton banned the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons.
The real issue is the Federalist society and their gang of bullshit, hypocritical wankers trying to impose the laws of the 1700's on everyone else. That started in the mid 1980's, before that the idea that we should try to base modern life off imagining what a bunch of rich white male slave owners from the 18th century would think of modern issues would get you laughed out of the building.