Shared Joy is Twice the Joy, Shared Pain is Half the Pain

42. Cops with Guns

Melody asked for an explanation, so here we go:

In the States, we’re used to seeing cops pretty much wherever we may be. If not cops, then security guards. But they keep their guns holstered, if they even have them. (Some of them don’t deserve even the tazers they get, but that is a story for another blog, I think…) Apparently, this tendency to keep guns hidden, even in a country with the “God-given” right to carry arms, is the outlier. In both Gatwick Airport and all over Turkey, there were cops just casually walking around semi-automatic weapons. That’s pretty much all there is to this story. When we were in Gatwick, there were two cops walking around with semi-automatic weapons across their chests. Honestly, it didn’t really bother me; I barely even noticed expect that Alyssa pointed out that one of them was particularly attractive. The second, and slightly more frightening, story happened in Fethiye. We walked past the police station on our way from the bus stop to the hostel, and there were two cops with AK-47s standing outside the entrance. The thing is, these guys didn’t have the guns across their chest. Nope. They were both holding them straight forward, and it literally felt like they were aimed directly at our heads. Who knows why they were like that, but they were.

So there you are, the story of the cops with guns aimed at our heads.

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