Posted by: sayamika, the killer bunny | 2007 April 18

Two other solitudes

In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, we see it again: the divide between the gun lobby who feels the kids should have had their own guns and been able to shoot back, and everyone else, who thinks that guns have no place in a school (or a home or a car). How many do you really want to see dead, with four or five kids shooting in a panic? You can’t really believe MORE guns would have helped the situation? You’re an ED doc, for heaven’s sake!

I routinely link to bloggers whose views on lots of things I do not share. But for me today, this is too much. Bye, Scalpel.

Undeleted due to the fact that, whatever we happen to disagree on, Scalpel is a quality writer with quality arguments. Knee-jerk deletion undone.

The meaning of “two solitudes” comes from the experience of the English and French communities in Montreal, who, though living side-by-side, can never connect, never understand one another. I think it is applicable in the gun control argument.

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Responses

  1. You actually delinked me from your blogroll because of my post?

    Hilarious!

  2. Tasteless, thoughtless. Not much else to say.

  3. So you’re crouched in the corner of your classroom, hiding behind a desk. In the next room, you hear numerous gunshots and screams as the killer executes his victims who have lined up obediently against the chalkboard. then sulence as he moves to the next room. Your room.

    A couple of brave students are trying to hold the door closed, but the killer shoots them through the door before opening it.

    One fellow student, however, has a handgun aimed at the doorway, ready to shoot. As the killer takes his first step into the room, a well-placed shot (or 3) puts him down before he can kill again.

  4. Do you believe this scenario? You must.

    I can’t picture it. I can picture the following:

    I am in my classroom. Gunshots ring out. Utter confusion. Shots come from three directions. Kids fall down/throw themselves to the ground. Police shoot wrong kid, who was trying to protect his friends. Eleven kids hurt or killed by three different guns, two belonging to students “trying to help.”

    You’re right, it was childish to de-link you. It’s an expression of distaste, a knee-jerk reaction, over what I consider to be a post illustrating a lot of the trouble with today’s society.

    The meaning of “two solitudes” comes from the experience of the English and French communities in Montreal, who, though living side-by-side, can never connect, never understand one another. I think it is applicable in the gun control argument.

  5. 11

  6. Weird, that didn’t go through.

    What I said was 11 is still less than 32.

  7. Any number. I was just drawing a picture, and I wouldn’t presume to compare my fiction to the horrible reality these kids went through.

    And those guns were legal. AGAIN.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/usguns/Story/0,,2060164,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=12

  8. After the Dawson shootings, I saw a whole lot of the same discussion happening, mostly among Americans who seemed to feel that the reason this happened in Canada was that the students were too poorly armed to defend themselves. See this post and my response to it, for instance.

  9. Er, more specifically, my response here (so you won’t have to scroll to find it).


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