Tuesday, April 17, 2007

"They can see no reasons, 'cos there are no reasons - what reasons do you need...?"

"Sorry, pal. The law requires a five-day waiting period. We've got to do a background check."
- "Five days? But I'm mad now..."
There are doubtless factors warning against too-simplistically blaming the horrific college carnage in Virginia on American gun-nuttiness alone.
Deep-seated, disturbing psychological issues within the culprit, certainly.
A culture of thoughtless violence crossed by instant gratification, possibly.
A rather ragged mess of a response by police, apparently.
But for now, the expansive savagery of such lethal wherewithal does call to mind the old line suggesting the most sensible method of gun control.
Just the one question on the application forms:
"Do you want to own a gun?"
And if the answer's "Yes", then you're certainly not having one.


fruey said...

Such a poignant lyric which sums up what is wrong with these kind of issues. A song that was banned in the US, or at the very least got little radio play.

We might ask why is it that in America these things can happen in schools and colleges? Let us not forget Michael Ryan in Hungerford though. It's not exclusively an American preserve, gun toting nutters. Given that their population is nearly six times that of the UK, they are statistically allowed 6 times as many nutters.

It _was_ on a Monday as well...

All the playing's stopped in the playground now
She wants to play with her toys a while.
And school's out early and soon we'll be learning
And the lesson today is how to die.
And then the bullhorn crackles,
And the captain tackles,
With the problems and the how's and why's.


Toxic said...

It must be something to do with a lack of fondue, Toblerones & cuckoo clocks cause you don't get this type of thing in Switzerland.

Aidan said...

Clearly the over-riding solution to all such things is simply to lock up all loners.

Toxic said...

Maybe the license application should require at least five signatures from friends.

Dr. Deb said...

Aidan, this is a great post. I've always voiced a need for better gun control laws here in the States. But the political parties and lobby groups own that subject, and thus, We The People, have little control over that. Sometimes I think we'd all be better packing heat. At least, like this in Virginia, there'd be a fighting chance.