18 April 2007

Death and Dying

La Monde says:
It would be unjust and especially false to reduce the United States to the image created, in a recurrent way, from the bursts of murderous fury that some isolated individuals succumb to. But acts like this are rare elsewhere, and tend to often disfigure the 'American dream.'
And then in Japan, on the same day:
The mayor of the Japanese city of Nagasaki was shot to death in a brazen attack Tuesday by an organized crime chief apparently enraged that the city refused to compensate him after his car was damaged at a public works construction site, police said.
These things happening on the same day make my life immensely easier as now I don't have to answer to Japanese people telling me how everyone in America has a gun and how Americans and Koreans are so violent.

But as long as everyone wants to insist that they have the right to have a gun, this is going to keep happening, again and again. The numbers will keep changing, and everyone will keep talking about how violent America has gotten.