If you haven't know yet, there was a tragedy on Virginia Tech school whereby an angry Asian American gunned down 32 people (including himself) and wounded many others.
Here's my take.
Blame guns. Guns enable an angry man
to take so many lives
in such a short time
Angry people exist in every corner of the world; in your office, in your church, in your mosque, in your extended family, name every human community and you can be sure that there will be some angry people with distorted ideas of revenge & justice.
These angry people, on one fateful event, may become very angry & decide to take things into their own hand. In a country such as Indonesia, they may take knives and start stabbing people. How many people die? I can assure you, knife as a weapon is easy to deflect & before this person can do more damage, people around him would have restrained him & the mass would have stoned him to dead (Ha! Street Justice). My body count estimate would be around 3-4 people.
Now if you switched from knife to gun, increase the body count by 10 times. Why? Because guns are so effective as a weapon; the bullets travel really fast & it's very hard to dodge them. The reload time is also very fast. If you played Doom before, you would have understand.
In United States there's such fascination with guns. In war countries they may be very useful to defend one's family against chaos that may occur anytime. In a peaceful country with no real threats such as US, what good are they? Guns are easily attainable in the name of personal defense & freedom. That freedom results in so many tragedies.
Angry people are facts of life which have been around for centuries. Can't educate them, can't get rid of them. To think such thing possible is a sad utopic adventure. Yet, putting stricter controls of guns - like they were mini nuclear weapons of mass destruction - may work a lot better. This is what I believe.
a0z0ra @ 10:04 PM  |