I look out over my adopted country and wonder. I live in a place where you can buy a gun in a supermarket, but where (at least in some states) you cannot buy a bottle of beer in the same store. When alcohol was perceived as a problem, they brought in Prohibition and later the highest age for allowing consumption outside of the Muslim world. Guns however are not seen as a problem, except by Obama who wrings his hands on TV each time there is a shootout but is powerless because of Congress. And probably too weak to do anything anyway.
Oregon is thousands of miles away, but I learn that the Sheriff who was the first responder at this week’s school shooting there had previous announced publicly that he would refuse to implement any law on gun control if it were ever enacted.
Previously, I saw some guy on TV saying that ‘the best defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.’ Discuss.
So we live in a land where our kids have to go through metal detectors to get into their schools. Where mass shootings by nutters occur many times each year.
And there was I, only last week, musing on where our long-term future should lie – here in the US or back in the UK! Unfortunately, with family ties and other issues, it’s not the no-brainer which it might seem.
Let’s lose ourselves, after sparing a thought for the recently bereaved, in the brighter side of American youth – the minority (sadly) who engage with the fitness culture.