The freedoms and priveledges of Australian folk actually have nothing to do with the US constitution and Bill of Rights. Our history is British not American. No one had to bear arms to fight for our freedom in this country (we just killed a lot of the indigenous population - mostly with measles, but many with guns - which is nothing to be proud of). We have our own constitution. We have no Bill of Rights and that has worked out well for us so far. Sure the USA sent troops here in WW2 to help us keep the Japanese away, but I think we've MORE than repaid the favour over the years since by sacrificing our young men to support US troops in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan etc. Australia has very strict gun laws (and that's why no one gets shot going to watch Batman) and we haven't turned into a totalitarian state (yet anyway). Don't worry Ben - most Aussies look across at the US and thank our lucky stars that we don't live there. Apart from the 12 year olds who think the place is one giant Disney theme park.