In today's unsettling news, an 8-year-old girl was hit with an arrow while on a school trip. Yes, an arrow that came from a crossbow like the one Katniss Everdeen uses, only Katniss Everdeen clearly didn't do this, because who shoots a child with an arrow?!
Thankfully, the little girl is fine, but wow. An arrow.
The girl was at the science museum at the University of California in Berkley, playing on a whale sculpture, when the incident happened. Who fired the arrow and where exactly it came from still remain a mystery -- along with the question of whether this was a malicious act or sheer accident. The girl was taken to the hospital, where she had to have the arrow surgically removed and had to stay overnight, but apparently she was "brave" during the ordeal and is doing okay.
Despite being pro-gun control, I think it has to be point out here that, wow, people really will find anything to be violent with. (Of course, if this was a gun, the consequences could have been much worse.) Is nothing safe? Every day, it seems like there's a new, crazy thing we have to worry about. We can't go around banning anything and everything in the world! What are we supposed to do?
I don't think any person ever leaves their house, or lets their children leave their house, with the worry that they're going to get shot with an arrow from a crossbow. Of course, there are dangers everywhere we go (you could get hit by a car!), but something as random as this is pretty much unheard of (in non-medieval times).
I'm glad everyone is okay, but I'm sure anyone who attends or visits the UC Berkley campus is pretty weirded out right now. It isn't every day you hear about a person randomly getting shot with an arrow. One of the chaperones on the class trip said it best when they stated: "Poor little girl -- she comes to have a nice day at the science hall, and she gets stuck with an arrow by some idiot."
What do you think of this?
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