Expatriate Owl

A politically-incorrect perspective that does not necessarily tow the party line, on various matters including but not limited to taxation, academia, government and religion.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Taking the hit in Connecticut




 

 

Of course, the buzz is all about the horrific massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  To say that it rends my heart is an understatement.  Like every other decent American of good will, my hopes and prayers are with the families of the murdered victims, and with the wounded survivors.

 

The population of the United States (including the illegals) is approximately 39 times the population of Israel.  On numerous occasions, schools, homes, parks and businesses in Israel have been attacked by terrorists, resulting in the death of one or more children.  To appreciate, in American terms, the hit taken by Israel in such instances, multiply by 39 the number of casualties.

 

 [The above calculations include Israel's Arab population, which is not the target of the terrorists.].

 

Israel, unfortunately, is accustomed to such decimations of its population, and, unfortunately, the world has become accustomed to dismissing such murders as inconsequential when the victims are Jews.

 

My condolences and sympathies go to the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, and to the community.

 

Note to all of the hoplophobes who are now using the Sandy Hook Elementary incident as fodder for their campaign to restrict the availability of firearms to law-abiding citizens:

 

The Connecticut Legislature has enacted a statute, Connecticut Code Section 53-344, which prohibits the sale or purchase of cigarettes to or by individuals under the age of 18.  The Legislature has likewise enacted the Section 30-86 of the Connecticut Code, which prohibits the sales of alcoholic beverages to individuals under the age of 21.  And even though Connecticut is one of the states that is more tolerant of cannabis than most others, it does have a general prohibition (albeit one riddled with exceptions and loopholes), Code Section 21a-278, against the purchase, sale and use of marijuana.

 

So, theoretically, nobody under the age of 21 should be drinking, nobody under the age of 18 should be smoking, and nobody without a medical necessity should be using marijuana.  But, unless you are long-term comatose, you have witnessed numerous occasions of such laws being infracted.  What makes you think that statutes restricting the availability of firearms would prevent criminals such as the depraved perpetuator of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre (whose name will not be set forth in this posting) from obtaining firearms?

 

And if you ever have been an infractor of the tobacco, alcohol or marijuana restrictions, then, all the more, STFU!!

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