Greenwich is considering adding armed guards in each of our schools. No mention of a plan to install Jersey barriers around our playgrounds after the next lunatic, thwarted at school, turns to a softer target and plows into children at Bruce Park. When that happens, and it will, watch for a ban on pickup trucks.
Armored children’s clothing selling like crazy. Bicycle helmet? Check. Knee pads and gauntlets? Check. Goggles? Check. Armor plated shorts, hat and backpack? But no AR-15 Bushmaster? Why draw a line?
Town will burn violent video games. Remember when we sophisticates used to sneer at southern Baptists who burned rock albums in football stadiums? No more.
The group, a coalition of local organisations, says its actions do not assert that video games were the cause of the killings in nearby Newtown, but argues that violent games and films desensitize children to “acts of violence”.
That’s it: problem solved. If children could just be sensitive to others’ feelings, they wouldn’t go on shooting rampages. Amazing that it took so long for parents and clergymen to discover this.
Panic is an ugly, sad thing to observe, but at least there are those who know how to take political and financial advantage of it. To paraphrase our president, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.