Calling the United States a "country where people are better armed and only slightly less nervy than rebel fighters in Syria," on Saturday, Observer columnist Henry Porter called for an international intervention into the U.S.'s gun epidemic.
"What if we no longer thought of this as just a problem for America and, instead, viewed it as an international humanitarian crisis—a quasi civil war, if you like, that calls for outside intervention?" Porter mused. "As citizens of the world, perhaps we should demand an end to the unimaginable suffering of victims and their families—the maiming and killing of children—just as America does in every new civil conflict around the globe."
"We should note that dealing with the risks of scalding and secondary smoke came well before addressing the problem of people who go armed to buy a latte," Porter said, in reference to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's statement last week that gun-toters can get their pumpkin-spice lattes elsewhere. "There can be no weirder order of priorities on this planet."