The Fallen – Lest we Forget

7th January 2014

Hangu District, Pakistan

A 17 year old had just been reprimanded for tardiness and denied entry to class. As Aitzaz Hasan waited outside his school with a couple of other tardy kids, he saw a strange man approaching them. The man asked, in an unfamiliar dialect, about the location of the local school.

There are different accounts about what happened next.

Some say Aitzaz approached the stranger cautiously, and upon seeing a detonator in his heavyset jacket, quickly alerted his peers to run and inform authorities. Others say the man got spooked and tried to make a run for the school before Aitzaz even got to him

But all accounts agree on what happened next.

Aitzaz ran after the Suicide Bomber, fearlessly taking him down. The struggle resulted in an explosion engulfing both of them, and Aitzaz sacrificed his own life in the process.

He selflessly traded his own life for the lives of thousands. Not a single innocent soul harmed except his own.

Later on,  during an interview, his father emotionally says,

“My son made his mother cry but saved thousands of mothers from crying for their children.”

Truer words have never been spoken. Not only did he save thousands of lives directly, he saved the thousands of family members who would have been mentally obliterated had their child or sibling died that day.

The epitome of a real life hero: Aitzaz Hasan

He deservedly received the “Sitara-e-Shujaat” (Star of Bravery), the highest honor a civilian can receive. As the Chief of the Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif said, “ He is a national hero, who has sacrificed his today for our tomorrow.”

He ignited a bright fire within the nation, a flame that said the country would not back down against these extremists who seem hell bent on targeting and killing more Muslims than any other group

The reason I write this is to remind us all about the past and how we cannot allow it to be forgotten. After all, if the past is forgotten, it inevitably ends up repeating itself. We self-centered people are not deserving of a gallant soul like Aitzaz. But we can correct ourselves. We need to ensure that Pakistan does not need another Aitzaz to extinguish would-be disasters. We need to learn, and learn quickly for time is a great teacher but it will eventually kill all its students.

aitzaz

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life.”

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Sorry Sir, Kinder eggs are illegal. But here, have a Gun.

Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? Well like it or not, it’s true. Granted you’re not likely to find chocolate and ammunition in the same store, but I’m sure you get the gist of where I’m coming from.

Safety Concern

Look:

I understand there is an urge in people to buy guns for protection. But I think looking at this video will definitely alter your perspective if you come from a pro-guns school of thought.

Currently, approximately 320 million people reside in the US. 66.2% are within the age group of 15-64.  Theoretically, that’s about 212 million people given legal access to firearms (within 3 years for those under 18). I think it’s a logical assumption that not all 212,000,000 will have the right mental approach needed while handling these potential life-enders.

The UK

There is a rational reasoning behind the fact that guns are outlawed in the United Kingdom. Even law enforcement is not issued firearms.
If we look back at the States, One could logically assume that there is a positive correlation between the easiness with which one can acquire firearms and the highest crime rate in the world. Additionally, laws aren’t exactly making it harder for gun owners. In fact, they’re doing anything but that.

Every now and then we hear of a kid who shot up his peers in his school or University. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s purely because of open access and exposure to arms. Negligence and improper definitely plays a big part But If access to guns was restricted to law enforcement and Military, would we not save more lives in the process?

READ: Five States allow students to carry concealed guns on college campuses.

Now:

Hypothetically speaking, lets say you’ve had a little too much to drink and have a fully loaded 9mm in your bag for “protection”. You might disagree, but I feel that is a recipe brewing for disaster.
In Missouri, it is no longer a crime to USE a gun while intoxicated, as long as it is in self-defense. Some of you may think that’s fine but Pardon me when I say I’m going to absolutely question the judgement of a man/woman who can’t even walk in a straight line.

On the other hand, Why are Kinder Eggs illegal?

According to the constitution of the United States, Any type of edible that has a toy (or item) inside which is not visible, is banned.

Though I think we can all agree, it is perfectly safe for children over three to eat a kinder egg. Even if a parent illogically gives it to a minor under 3, the Capsule is too big to be swallowed and really difficult to open for a toddler.

The kinder egg caused 3 fatalities in about 40 years. Guns on the other hand? I don’t think you need to be schooled on that.