Before Australia was used as a penal colony, the British off-loaded criminal elements into the Carolinas. The tale is told in Albion’s Seed, without reading which you cannot understand the United States. These two charmers were arrested in Louisiana for abandoning their 5 year old daughter. I think they were doing her a favour.
Do not doubt why Americans own guns. People like this live within a few miles of the rich, and they have cars. And guns. And would kill for some oxycodone, fentanil, or just because they felt like it.
Post script: The always interesting Razib Khan has something important to say in relation to Albion’s Seed. (27 February 2017)
And even among Anglo-Protestants there are deep divisions.
The extent of these are outlined in a series of books which I recommend to any readers, Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America
, The Cousins’ Wars: Religion, Politics, Civil Warfare, And The Triumph Of Anglo-America
, and American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
Models yield power in their ability to predict and illuminate, and trust me when I say that reading these books will make much of the division within the American republic more comprehensible to you.
The basic theses of these books is that many of the salient and long-term cultural chasms within the United States of America (and Canada) date to the period before 1800, when British folkways migrated across the Atlantic, and transplanted a particular set of implicit and tacit norms (e.g., attitudes toward interpersonal aggression), as well as explicit cultural scripts (e.g., particular religious sectarian adherence).