Do We Have the Courage to Stop This ?

American schoolchildren are protected by building codes that govern stairways and windows. School buses must meet safety standards, and the bus drivers have to pass tests. Cafeteria food is regulated for safety. The only things we seem lax about are the things most likely to kill.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has five pages of regulations about ladders, while federal authorities shrug at serious curbs on firearms. Ladders kill around 300 Americans a year, and guns 30,000.

→ The New York Times

Thinking the Unthinkable

No one wants to send a 13-year old genius who loves Harry Potter and his snuggle animal collection to jail. But our society, with its stigma on mental illness and its broken healthcare system, does not provide us with other options. Then another tortured soul shoots up a fast food restaurant. A mall. A kindergarten classroom. And we wring our hands and say, “Something must be done.”

→ The Anarchist Soccer Mom

Comrades-in-Arms

I asked the Smart Jews what they thought and came away having to admit that they were indeed very smart. You can think about this trial in two ways, they said. One way is narrow: it’s about ascertaining the technical nature of a business relationship. The other way is broad: it’s about righting the pathological ways in which a particular society has organized itself.

→ Vanity Fair