Thursday, 29 May 2014

Loaded language

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Wikipedia has a list of school shootings in the United States. And it's a long one. It's insane that our civilization could have reached such a point without every politician trying to put a stop to this infamy.

After yet another mass murder (not school-related, but once again facilitated by the easy access to firearms), one really has to wonder why elected officials deem it fit and proper to restrict access to movies or video games, to limit the amount of toothpaste a person can bring with them in an airplane, to impose safety vests, a whistle and a certain length of rope to sea kayakists, or to impose the use of bicycle helmets to children. Heck, even a simple Kinder Surprise chocolate egg is deemed too dangerous to be allowed in the US!!! It would seem to me that there is a 300 pound gorilla in the room that nobody is paying attention to. Many gun apologists will even defend the idea of bringing guns to school in which a peanut butter sandwich is forbidden.

Some people will always be a threat to others, and there will always be terrible acts committed because of mental disorders, illness or plain nastiness. But it will always be harder to commit mass murder using a baseball bat than using a handgun.

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