Friday, 3 August 2012

Why the Olympic Games Suck.

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The man pictured above is Pierre de Fr├ędy, better known to the world as Baron de Coubertin. He is widely considered to be the father of the modern Olympic Games. As a child I looked forward to the Olympics and I remember de Coubertin's name well because his words were often used to encapsulate the ethos of the games. As London 2012 finishes its first week, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look at some of those words and see how well they jibe with the events of the last seven days.

Guns in America.

Bigmouthery's first six shots with a .357, Feb 2012

Looks like I missed the boat on the guns debate. It's over already. The Olympics have started, so that's what everyone, in this country at least, is talking about. Though there are guns in the Olympics too, so...I dunno. Who can watch people who are upset at winning silver?

It may well be that the TV news cycle has already spun dry the firearm fervour, but the issue of guns in America will not go away. And as someone who's hoping to move there in the coming months, it's an issue that is going to strike close to (new) home. So, let's talk guns.