Re: Sikhs Allowed To Carry Kirpan (knives) To Olympic EventsOct 28th, 2009
Sure the number of potential fatalities is the deciding factor, Zan. It is called risk assessment. We do risk assessment every day in our life. If the risk is negligible, we do something, if the risk is high, we donít. Is that really difficult to understand? Let me give you two examples.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
When you get in your car, into the drivers seat, there is a finite possibility, that your brakes may fail while you are driving, your car may go out of control due to some reason, you may get hit by an out of control truck etc. and you may die (or be seriously injured in a car crash). But I assume you still drive a car.
Or when you go to a restaurant, there is a finite possibility that an insane, mentally deranged cook or waiter may spit in your food before serving it to you. What is more, if he happens to have some disease which can be transmitted through saliva, you will catch it. But you havenít stopped going to restaurants (I assume).
Before we do something, we routinely ask the question, what is the risk involved? If the risk is negligible, we do it, if risk is substantial, we donít.
In this instance, the Olympic Committee has decided that the risk is negligible and I respect their right to make such a judgment. Personally I think the probability of getting hurt in a car accident is much greater than becoming a victim of kirpan violence. But people havenít stopped driving.