…and Lyle’s probably on to the truth about the kids in EL. Their own private hells are as real to them as the girl on the bike above.
Only slightly off topic: There’s a series of novels in the teen fiction section by L.A. Meyer called “Bloody Jack” (name of 1st book). It’s about a girl in 1800 London who grew up on the streets, lived with a gang under a bridge, then chose to disguise herself as a boy and join the Royal Navy. Tangles with pirates, gets the crap beat out of her a couple times, shoots people, almost raped, y’know, normal kid stuff. But it is a really fun read. Not kidding. (Extended Pittsburgh scene in Book 5, if you get that far.)
Agreed with your stance on child soldiers but you’re making a big assumption about the context of that photo.
I didn’t find any information about it, just the pic.
There are plenty of cultures in the world where it’s not out of the ordinary for young people to carry around a weapon while they help the family herd livestock etc. The fact that it’s a big ole’ AK doesn’t necessarily mean anything other than whatever country that is was once occupied by the Soviets.
OR, it is a child soldier and we should be ashamed to make light of the photo. Your guess is as good as mine but you can’t really tell from that photo alone and neither can I.
There are few instances of citizens carrying their guns for self defense having them taken away and used against them. This myth is based on the very few instances of cops having their guns taken and being used against them, an event more prevalent in movies and TV than in real life.