Guns, tragedies, and alternatives
17/12/2012 § 7 Comments
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is a tragedy, another tragedy. It doesn’t fit the normal scope of topics here, but I couldn’t let it pass without comment.
What to say? It seems like everything has been said before. Again and again. We need more guns, we need fewer guns. We need more rules, we need fewer rules.
What I can offer is the perspective of an American ex-pat (I’ve been living overseas continuously for over a decade):
There is a better way to live.
Millions of people around the world live each day without the tiny, nagging fear that today is the day someone takes a gun to their families. They live without worrying that a disgruntled ex-employee or a bright-but-troubled teenager will tear their worlds apart. They live in countries and societies that have found other ways to balance individual rights and social order.
They are not under the jackboot of tyranny. They can still hunt animals and shoot targets.
And they can still kiss their children goodnight.