Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Gun doh!

Following the massacre by the crazy Korean in Virginia, questions about gun control are back on the agenda. Us bleeding heart Brits with our admirably low gun crime statistics are on the game. This morning GMTV were interviewing a tubby pro-gun chappy with a bow tie live from Seattle.

Andrew Castle suggested that it was time to review gun laws in the US. The tubby man agreed, which seemed to be a breakthrough. The problem, he said, was that some college campuses are gun free zones. Your heart sinks when this is described as a problem.

If, he said, everyone was allowed to have guns on campus basically everyone would be armed and therefore able to defend themselves. Ultimate game-theory; if everyone is armed to the teeth, then nobody is going to attack anyone else for fear that they, themselves, will be shot. Stability will be maintained through fear.

I may be wrong, but I’m guessing that Cho Seung-hui probably didn’t have much interest in whether others were armed or not. Once the voices in his head got going, he would probably have blown people to kingdom-come whether it resulted in a shoot-out or not. He was clearly a troubled man; which is one of the key issues – what makes young people want to kill others in US schools. The more simple issue to solve is the fact he could legitimately buy a gun with his daily Starbucks Frappichococino. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to try and restrict the people who want to kill from accessing things that kill people?

This pro-gun logic is so ludicrous; you almost want to agree with it to see what else they come up with.


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