Book Review: Something Must Be Done by Matt Carrellcategories: Book, USA, American Crime, Guns, High School, Gun Control, America
Matt Carrellabout this book: "Before you make your mind up about how children should be kept safe at school, read Something Must Be Done, it will make you think again."
America is rocked by another high school shooting. Something must be done and the solution is simple. When evil people have guns, the only way to protect the vulnerable, is to arm the good guys. After all, God made men but Samuel Colt made them equal.
Sam Bailey is only twelve years old when he arrives in the USA from a sleepy village on the east coast of England. He has already experienced at first hand how violence can tear a family apart, but nothing can prepare him for life in the loudest, brashest and most confident country in the world.
When the latest massacre occurs only a hundred miles away, the question everyone is asking is: could this happen at Sam's school?.
I don't claim to have the answer in the debate as to how arms should be regulated in the USA or any other country. Seeing reports of High School shootings in America, it is easy to point to lax gun controls and that is surely part of the cause. Britain would claim to have stronger regulation but tragedies at Hungerford, Dunblane and in Cumbria show that provides no guarantees. I was shocked that the perpetrators of these crimes had access to guns but also dismayed when a Norfolk farmer was imprisoned for using a legally held firearm to defend himself. I have no solution, if I had, this would be a learned dissertation setting out the detailed changes required to make gun crime a thing of the past.
All I am seeking to do with this short story is to give a single example as to why knee jerk responses to any problem almost always have unforeseen consequences.
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Very dark but well worth itI only picked this up because I love the author's Thai based books (and to be honest because it was free on Amazon that day). Part of the appeal of his other books is that he manages to deal with difficult subjects with a healthy dollop of humour - this short story is very different. Just as well written but unrelentingly dark. I guess you can't make jokes about a high school massacre so that's fair enough. A really good story - and thought provoking stuff though. Bear in mind it's a short story - that's why it's so cheap on Amazon. Well worth getting but not if you are looking for a laugh. [by Danny]
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