A conservative neighbor made a comment, stating that any kid mis-using the outlets would learn a good lesson. The lefty was horrified, taking the comment as an indication that the neighbor wanted children to die.
He was willing to kill a few neighborhood kids for the honor of good old American self reliance.
Hey, Jeanne, considers this:
- Any kid who is running around outside, unescorted, is not exactly a toddler in need of constant supervision.
- That kid is presumably old enough to have some knowledge of danger avoidance.
- Is that neighbor morally responsible for that kid if, when visiting, he decides to stick a bobby pin in an electric socket?
- Do not our stupidities, if we survive them, teach us more about the world than our parent's cautions?
- My idiot son actually used my scissor to cut a (plugged-in) hair dryer cord. The resulting charge knocked him across the room. It finally did teach him what I had tried to, with little success, namely don't screw with the light sockets. He is now in college after a career with the Navy (electronics, naturally).
It's a sad fact that some kids are going to push the envelope. Some of those kids will experience severe damage, even death. I knew a kid like that. As a child, he had to be rescued from near-death on a regular basis. He had no fear, and very little sense. As a teen, he was following a friend who was climbing an electrical tower. The friend was fried. The kid finally learned a painful lesson - don't do stupid things and expect to survive. After a lifetime of being gently guided, life taught him by example.
Some people are slow learners.
Thanks to Red State for the link.