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Here's an unpleasant anniversary I ran across while doing a bit of poking around in the archive: Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of the school shootings in Columbine High School, which took place on April 20, 1999. :(

Stories of the Day: Who needs proof? Thanks Mike Martinez.
Why TiVo Owners Can't Shut Up (NY Times free registration required).
Wild Science: Ancient village found under Illinois soil. Thanks Mike Martinez.
Media of the Day: DJ Format. Thanks Mike.
Auction of the Day: John Carmack's Ferrari Testarossa. Thanks Jeff Wilson.
Follow-up: Tattoo of Trogdor. Thanks Gojo. A tribute to TROGDOR!!!

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54. Re: Bowl O Drama Apr 22, 2003, 20:07 Pedle Zelnip
 
I'm not sure what Canadian law says on the subject, but here in the US the police are not required to defend us...

This reminds me of a recent episode of the Simpsons, where somebody's trying to kill Homer and he goes to the cops. Chief Wiggam says "where does it say on my badge that I have to protect you?" and the other cop points to the second word on his badge which reads "To protect & serve". Well, I won't comment on the links because I haven't had a chance to read them yet. As for Canadian law, well, I can't say I'm a legal scholar, so I'd guess that cops are required to protect us, but I could be wrong.

There's 2 other links that I want to post as well....

Please do post them, I'd be interested in reading them.

First of all, those means do not inspire fear or at least caution just from being displayed....

Hmm, okay I see your point. The thing is though that whenever a confrontation involves a firearm there is a much greater chance that the confrontation will end with one party or another dead or at the very least seriously injured. So perhaps I'm not giving the self-defence argument enough credit, but I'm not convinced that we live in such a society that the need to carry a firearm is necessary to ensure my safety (but then again, you and I live in different societies).


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