Baby’s first rifle

Perhaps you heard the story about the 5-year-old boy in Kentucky who accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister yesterday.

He did so with a product manufactured by a company called Keystone Firing Arms and marketed with the charming slogan “my first rifle.”

This heart-breaking news raises all sorts of questions, big and small. And my intention is not to weigh in on the gun control debate. Though it does occur to me that the framers of the Constitution might have wanted to specify that the members of that  “well regulated militia” should have at least graduated from kindergarten.

This event also comes just days after more than 400 people were killed in the collapse of a Bangladesh factory that existed to make the world–or at least the United States–safe for cheap blouses and swimsuits.

Any mindful person–and hopefully that includes you–will not have much difficulty identifying companies that engage in strictly legal, but morally questionable, activities.

Some, like the entire world of spammers, are merely annoying. Others are complicit in deeply tragic results.

If you are anything like me and you hear about these horrific events, you have a momentary jolt of sadness, perhaps reflect on the craziness of the world, and then move on to the busyness of our day. We tell ourselves this is somebody else’s problem to solve.

But I have to wonder.

Shouldn’t we be more appalled? Shouldn’t we be angrier?

Aren’t we all, in some way, accountable?

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