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又中又英|sick to my stomach

又中又英|sick to my stomach

2022-05-30

又中又英|sick to my stomach.

 

What happened in a small town in the US state of Texas last week made me sick to my stomach. I was in complete shock and disbelief. A teenager who had just turned 18 bought an AR-15 rifle. Days later he used it to shoot his grandmother and then went to an elementary (primary) school where he massacred 19 children and two teachers. Police eventually killed the gunman. I couldn’t bring myself to watch the tearful parents on the TV news. It makes me sick to my stomach that US laws allow an 18-year-old to buy a gun but do not allow an 18-year-old to buy alcohol. It makes no sense.

The expression “sick to the stomach” has several meanings. It can mean you feel very sick and want to vomit. It can also mean you are very angry or upset about something. If you are in shock and disbelief it means you are so shocked about something you cannot believe it happened. The word “massacre” means killing a lot of people. If you can’t bring yourself to do something it means you can’t make yourself do something because you know it will be sad or embarrassing to do it. I was very angry and upset, or sick to the stomach, when so many children were massacred.

No country allows citizens to legally buy guns except the US. The Second Amendment of the US Constitution, written 250 years ago, gives citizens the right to bear arms, just like the First Amendment which guarantees free speech, the right to peaceful protest, and the right to choose your religion. The expression “bear arms” means to carry weapons. More than 81 million Americans, about 32 percent, have guns. Americans say they need guns to protect against criminals with guns. That is logical but it is more logical to make it harder to buy guns. The US Congress has for decades refused to approve laws to do that even though gun violence is increasing. Just two weeks ago another 18-year-old massacred 10 people in a New York supermarket.

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