Are Kinders more dangerous than guns?
Won’t someone please think of the children?
I don’t understand the gun mentality in the US. I try to be empathetic, to see it from the other perspective. But I can’t. The only perspective I can see is that of the parents and children whose lives have been ripped apart by gun violence and easy access to guns. I read the suggestions from the NRA and others that the solution lies in arming yet more of their citizens and I am fearful for the future of America’s children.
Last night, Charlie brought home a little treat for me and for Little Man – a Kinder Surprise each. That delicious chocolately Kinder egg, with a little toy inside. A favourite from my childhood, and a growing favourite for Little Man. And I couldn’t help but shake my head as I looked at my Kinder and thought “How is it possible that I could be fined for attempting to bring a Kinder egg into the US because of the danger it poses to child safety – and yet when I spent a few months in Colorado back in 1999, shortly after the Columbine High massacre, there were guns openly available for sale in my local Walmart?” Are Kinder Surprises really more dangerous than guns?
There’s no doubt they pose a choking hazard to the under 3’s. According to Wikipedia, there have been two recorded fatalities worldwide due to choking on pieces of the toys in Kinder eggs. I don’t mean to belittle what a tragedy that must have been for the families of those children. But to put it in perspective, Kinders have been available for sale since 1973. How many children worldwide have died from gun-related incidents in that time? Too many to count?
So I just don’t get it. How can a country be so fearful of injury to its children that it would deny them access to the exquisite childhood joy that is a Kinder Surprise, and yet so many in that same country seem totally blinkered as to the inherent danger to their children of such a liberal gun policy? I don’t think I’ll ever understand it. Give me the right to eat Kinder eggs any day over the second amendment.