True but you said ___allow our citizenry to own ghastly guns.
Ummm...no. I never said that. I was quoting one of my English uncles, who said those very words, verbatim. My other adult English relatives have all said virtually the same as well.
There is no denying the fact that most citizens in the UK can not legally own or keep a handgun at home or legally carry a firearm for self protection. Owning a handgun that must be locked up at an authorized shooting range is NOT, in my opinion, true gun ownership.