On his blog, Americablog.com, John Aravosis takes a look at a graphic which has been pretty widely circulated around the Internet recently, especially after the shootings in Aurora, Colorado.
It illustrates the relative ease (written into the US constitution of course) with which an individual can legally purchase and own a firearm in the States.
And it contrasts that with the restrictions there are in some parts of the country with importing cheese - French cheese in particular.
Aravosis set out to explore how much myth there was surrounding the seemingly ridiculous comparison.
His conclusion? He couldn't "confirm that any of the cheeses listed in the graphic above are actually "banned" in the US" because there exist variations, depending on the way in which they're produced and age, which make them legal.
That said, the graphic, while not entirely accurate, surely shows just how ridiculous the United States appears to an outsider in terms of its gun laws, the individual's right to bear arms as covered in the Second Amendment and....of all things....the need to protect its citizens from cheese - of all things.
Louvre and Carrousel, circa 1900 - If you wonder what the Louvre and especially its Carrousel looked like in the beginning of the 20th Century, wonder no more, here is your answer. Now...