When an armed madman breaks into a school the right response is to drop to one knee and open fire. Anyone who calls that wrongheaded, or disgusting, invites serious questions about their priorities.
The recent deadly gang-rape of a 23-year-old on a New Delhi bus dramatized the choking fear that stunts women’s lives throughout the subcontinent. Now do you see why effective self-defence is important?
‘Tis not the season to be sarcastic. I’m still hoping Santa will bring one of those “National Sarcasm Society: Like we need your support” T-shirts. But I’m not writing a satirical list of dream gifts for politicians or anything like that. There is a time to demolish rubbish and a time to stop and breathe deeply and smell the roses or, in this case the pine needles, and be glad we have noses.