Hello all, after being involved in several long winded threads in the Multinational HQ re gun control, it has come to my attention that the average Septic (but I'm sure that there are exceptions that prove the rule), is completely and utterly lacking in any sense of irony. They often are unable to differentiate between funny and insulting. Things which I find hilarious, they seem to take as an attack on the very bedrock of their society. Is this a product of their increasingly inwards looking society? Or Does the "War on Terror" simply not leave any time for such frivolities? We've had one instance of a poster claiming that another poster obviously had no military experience, because he referred to weapons in a silly fashion (eg pistol thing, and rifle thing). Far be it from me to promote disrespect towards weapons, but in my experience (limited and long ago) in the Australian Army, lack of being impressed was regarded as essential. I've worked alongside UK mil and ex-mil many times since, and have found it to be the same. Why is this so?