|A bad omen: An 11-year-old boy plays with a toy gun in Bogotá's Santa Fe neighborhood.|
|The wild west? El Mio tabloid|
says so, reporting on a shooting death.
|Guns make it much easier |
for people to kill people.
|'To love or to arms?' Asks this poster |
hung on City Hall on Plaza Bolivar.
If they had not been armed, it would have all ended with a few sharp words.
|No guns allowed: On the |
side of an OAS vehicle.
In Bogotá, incidentally, the murder rate has dropped to a lower-but-still-way-too-high 21.5 per 100,000 people, and hopefully will continue dropping.
But if I did use it - perhaps mistakenly - I wouldn't be a killer.
In 1989, Petro and the rest of the M-19 guerrilla group lay down their guns and began participating in Colombian politics. The demobilization was a success. But today Petro may have a tougher time getting many thousands of armed Bogotanos to lay down their own guns.
Petro's plan to give away a free stipend of water to lower-income Bogotanos isn't so positive. The intention is good, but giving anything away promotes waste. Instead, the city could distribute low-cost water-saving devices such as low-flow shower heads and low-flush toilets. That way, they'd save both money and water.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours