Wednesday, April 18, 2007
just ban guns
I was horrified and saddened, like everyone else, by the Virginia Tech Massacre. But then I was sickened by the way people immediately started defending the "right to bear arms".
One of the victims was the child of a friend of a friend. Even before I heard that, I was thinking, what can it be like to be killed like that, spending your last moments in fear. What can it be like to be one of the grieving relatives.
People are asking "how can we keep our children safe?" Simple. Ban guns. It won't keep them completely safe, but it will make them a lot safer than they are now if your family lives in the USA.
Take a look at this list of school massacres on Wikipedia: most of them are in the USA. They do happen in countries with stricter gun laws, but not as often. Watch the film Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore. Read this article by John Nichols.
And spare a thought for the people being murdered in Iraq, all the time.
Update: profiles of the Virginia Tech victims: page 1, page 2, page 3