第72回 単語の語源を考えてみよう

一行翻訳コンテスト2013.07.16

■オススメの一冊

『Control: Exposing the Truth about Guns』
(Glenn Beck)

Micro

では今月の1冊目。アメリカの銃の問題というのはとても難しく、米国憲法には次のようなものがあります。

Amendment 2 – Right to Bear Arms
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

これが銃規制に対する反論の根拠になってるんですね。ただ2012年12月14日に、米コネティカット州ニュータウンの小学校で26人が死亡した14日の銃乱射事件を機に、米社会でも銃規制論議が高まるようになりました。(ニュータウンの虐殺と英語では書かれています。)銃規制については全米ライフル協会のロビー活動も大きいわけですが、やはり国民の間にある、自分の身は銃を取ってでも自分で守るという感覚は日本人には分からないものだと思います。日本でこれだけテロが少ないのも、刀狩りが行われたからだという説があるくらいですので。ということで、今回取り上げるのはGlenn Beckの「Control: Exposing the Truth about Guns」です。

PART ONE
The Truth about Guns

After the Newtown massacre in December 2012 it quickly became obvious that gun control was again going to take over the national dialogue. The president, who had barely used the word gun over his first four years in office, was about to rearrange his second-term agenda. Gun control would now be right near the top of the priority list.
Sensing a once-in-a-generation opportunity, controllist politicians and groups began to pounce. News programs devoted full hours to the issue. Opinion hosts like Piers Morgan, sensing an issue to make their mark with, began virtual crusades, discussing the topic nightly. Hollywood celebrities, brought together by the progressive group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, “Demanded a plan” to end gun violence via YouTube videos and television commercials. This, of course, despite that fact that many of those who appeared in the videos had made their careers — and their millions — depicting gun violence in movies.

読んでみてね。

■オススメの一冊-2

『The Sound of a Scream』
(John Manning)

A Street Cat Named Bob

今月の2冊目は、John Manningの「The Sound of a Scream」。ディーン・クーンツみたいなページ・ターナーのサスペンスです。主人公、Daphne Mayは、住み込みの家庭教師として、Point Woebegoneという町にやってきます。扱いにくい生徒、エキセントリックな金持ちの一家、町の持つ奇妙な雰囲気。そのような環境の中で、殺人事件が次々と行っていきます。Daphneの過去も関わってきて、物語は加速していきます。さて犯人は誰でしょうか。Daphneの運命は?

ということで、こういう感じ。

As Daphne stepped off the train, the howl of a distant animal briefly obscured the sound of the wind. But still the wind was there, tossing her long auburn hair in front off her face and whistling through the wooden slats of the platform. Daphne shivered as she looked from one end of the station to the other. There was no one to greet her. There was only the heavy orange October moon hanging in the purple-black sky.
She wasn’t sure what to do. A shade was pulled down at the ticket booth across the way with a sign that read CLOSED. Only one other person had gotten off the train with her at this windswept, god-forsaken station, a man whose footsteps now echoed ahead of her as he quickly crossed the platform toward the parking lot.

面白そうでしょ?

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