Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ban the Spoon!

     Obesity is a growing problem in the US. In fact,according to more than 1/3 of adults in the United States are obese.(Link) Solution: ban all spoons. I believe that spoons are the root of all evil and if we ban them obesity will be significantly decreased. Sounds stupid right? If they don’t use a spoon they can use a fork and if we ban those what about chopsticks or hands. Are we going to chop off everyone hands? Banning spoons wouldn't solve the problem because it is merely a tool not the source of the problem. Currently our government is proposing/enacting Gun Control laws. Not only is it going against what the people want (go into any gun shop and almost everything is gone and background checks take weeks) but it is like putting a Band-Aid over a bullet wound. It solves nothing.
    Several police officers have said they will not enforce the gun control laws when they are put in place. Article Here 
     It is also unconstitutional. The second amendment says "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringe." One objection to this is that the second amendment is that it is out dated, that it was written for muskets. Well, the founding fathers weren't stupid. They knew that technology would advance and they allowed for that. Instead of say the right of the people to keep and bear muskets they said arms meaning any firearm in the present or future.
     The Sandy Hook shooting was a devastating tragedy but in order to stop mass shootings banning guns is not the answer. If they don’t have guns they can use a knife or a bow and arrows. If you examine areas where there is heavy gun control you will see that crime is extremely high in those areas. Criminals don’t abide by the law that’s what makes them criminals, if we ban guns it will only hurt law abiding citizens and criminals will continue to attain and use guns for evil. So what is the source of the problem? Evil. Seeing as we can't defeat the Devil just yet we need to focus on little things we can do that will make his job harder. One of the major elements in all of these mass shootings is mental illness and in many of these cases there were several people who knew of that mental illness. Solution: if you have a ligament concern that your son or friend is crazy they will be taken to a mental hospital right away. They will be released if doctors, after months of careful observation, believe they are mentally stable. Now that wont stop all killings but it would help a little. 
      Another thing that would help with these shootings is allowing a select number of teachers and staff to carry guns. There would be background checks and we would be sure they don't have any intention of using them on the students. Here is my logic. Which sign is more discouraging? 
 We have already established that criminals break the law so the first sign is like a beacon. Telling all those with evil intent that you are an easy target. The second sign is just the opposite. There is this quote from Cesare Beccaria concerning the subject of Gun Control. 
"False is the idea of 

utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one 

imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire 

from men because it burns, and water because one may 

drown in it; that it has no remedy for evils, except 

destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are of 

such a nature. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted 

and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage 

than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be 

attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." 

      Let’s not blame the spoon for obesity but get to the heart of the problem.

PS Sorry for the weird format of the quote. The lines were over lapping each other so I had to double space it and I have no idea why it was highlighted.