American Elephants


It’s Come to This: It’s Time to Ban Trucks! by The Elephant's Child

Gun Control seems to remain as a feature of the conversation. Conservatives keep explaining (and explaining ) that guns are inanimate objects, and it is the shooter who is the problem, but they will have none of that. It’s the guns they want to control. (Since they seem to think Conservatives live in the backwoods of Southern states and are uneducated hicks, possibly they are afraid we will break out of our hideaways and attack them with our guns?)

I was reminded that a large truck, driven by a Muslim immigrant, plowed into a crowd of people in the southern French city of Nice, killed at least 83 people and left 18 in critical condition. It wounded 458.

The scene in Nice was one of devastation, with the heavy-duty white truck stalled amid the bloodshed on the street, its windows smashed and riddled with bullets from police gunfire.

“I saw bodies flying like bowling pins along its route. Heard noises, cries that I will never forget,” he wrote.

Well, clearly, we should ban trucks. Same mindset.

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To a certain extent they are doing just that. Bollards are being erected in vulnerable spots with large numbers of people and vehicles or whole pedestrian areas. In the UK when bombs were hidden in bins, those were removed. One of the ways the UK services can detect terrorist acts is because the word goes round that sombody is seeking a stockpile. Criminals will report suspicious people. Even van hire places are now vetting their customers and several large vehicle attacks were thwarted because the terrorists didn’t have the right licences for big trucks. People who buy large quantities of fertilizer or gas bottles are scrutinised. There are loads of things where we keep an eye on who buys them.

Terrorists and murderers still get through but the number of people who fall victim are reduced.

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