Sunday, January 13, 2013

Is It Just Me?

“I think serious action is necessary. Sometimes we talk about very limited actions on the edges and I just don’t think that’s enough,” these were the words of General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He was talking about gun control. He said the M4 Carbine he often carried in the military held a .223 caliber round capable of doing “devastating” damage to a human body. “It’s designed to do that, and that’s what our soldiers ought to carry. I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe that we've got to take a serious look. I understand everybody's desire to have whatever they want, but we’ve got to protect our children, we’ve got to protect our police, we've got to protect our population. And I think we have to take a very mature look at that.”
One man's opinion. How about another? "We have to analyze how we deal with mental illness, how we deal with gun laws, how we deal with parenting." These words came from the star of the new action film, "The Last Stand," Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Does a mother need to collect guns and take her little kids shooting? Everything has to be analyzed; no stone unturned," he added. "I think that's what we owe to our people." This is also the guy who used to be Governor of California. The same guy who signed legislation to ban the sale and rental of violent video games to minors.
Today's last words will come from Mark Twain: "Don't meddle with old unloaded firearms. They are the most deadly and unerring things that have ever been created by man. You don't have to take any pains at all with them; you don't have to have a rest, you don't have to have any sights on the gun, you don't have to take aim, even." 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Schwarzenegger is also the guy who commuted the sentence of a political ally's son who'd been convicted of manslaughter.