Why Europe is the true land of the free
The US remains gripped by fear and misinformation, writes Bryony Gordon
Last Monday night I arrived in New York and was relieved to find that, unlike the last time I came, a portion of the city wasn't in lock-down because of a shooting at a major transport hub.
Four months ago, I queued for an hour in the customs hall at JFK as the televisions announced that a gunman was on the loose after shooting dead one person and wounding two others at Penn Station, in the midtown of the city. "Oh dear," I said to the cab driver once I had cleared the nightmare that is US immigration. "It's no biggie," he said, as if this kind of thing happened every day, which, this being America, it did.
This time I was confronted with some security personnel cradling firearms as if they were babies. The exchange with the immigration officer went something like this: