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What is Wrong with the English?   7 comments

My son and I were talking last night. He’s 14, getting to be a young man with a masculine voice and hair in his arm pits. He grew up in Alaska, so he’s not afraid of “stuff”. He’s white-water rafted the Nenana Gorge, dip-net-fished the Copper River, and regularly walks through a grizzly bear’s back yard to berry pick. He can shoot the shoot gun and the 357 and he’s done his share of swinging a machete for brush clearing.

And, he wants to know — “What is wrong with people in Woolrich, England?”

imagesWhen he heard that a large crowd of people watched as two machete-wielding Islamists killed an unarmed soldier in broad daylight, he asked me — “Why didn’t anyone do anything?”

I explained that people in England don’t have guns and even the cops who were in the area were unarmed. He stared at the dashboard of the car, young face furrowed with thought.

“That’s not an excuse,” he finally said. “Two guys with machetes against a large crowd. Okay, so they didn’t have guns. Were there no rocks available? Trash cans? Gym bags? I think it’s stupid that they stood around and did nothing. If there were a lot of them, they could have just tackled those guys. Maybe someone would have gotten bruised, even cut by the machete, but that’s not an excuse to do nothing when somebody is in trouble.”

I checked his sister’s Facebook page this morning — she’s traveling the Lower 48 on a dime and keeps us posted through updates on FB — and she wrote to a friend who brought it up — “In Alaska, someone carrying concealed would have pulled out a 45 and the attack would have been over, but England thought it best to ban private gun ownership. Yea for the opposable thumb!” That’s her catch-all harangue for Darwin Award winners. She then went on to write that she could think of a half-dozen weapons of opportunity that could be found on a public street with which to disarm the assailants.

It does my heart good to know that we raised our kids with a sense of what it right and a willingness to do it.


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