Thats right, you can come and go across the US border with rifles, or buy your very own AK-47 or Uzi!
You can also buy yourself a Tiger in most States.
Want an Alligator? Go ahead and buy one! Monkey? Try one out!
But don’t even think about getting a Kinder Surprise for Easter: it is illegal to purchase or import Kinder Surprise chocolate and toys into the United States. A nation-wide recall was also placed by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission -though admittedly no Kinder-related injuries or fatalities were reported.
There have been, however, numerous tiger-related injuries reported across the United States, and alligator-related injuries are also (not surprisingly) common enough – not to mention the cruelty of holding captive wild animals as pets.
Naturally, the big child-killer in the US is guns.
According to KidsHealth.org, more than 1/3 of households with children in the United States own at least one gun. In fact, it was illegal to purchase Kinder Eggs in the US years before it was made illegal for civilians to purchase grenade launchers and semi-automatic rifles. In the year of the Kinder Surprise recall (1997), there were 32,436 gun-related deaths, and 64,207 non-fatal gun-related injuries in the US.
That same year, there were 4,223 children in the US killed by guns.
Yet the US government bans Kinder Surprises, and strictly enforces the law even right here at the Manitoba border.
There are some folks who are taking action to allow Kinder Eggs back in the USA.
The wordpress blog Free the Egg | Life liberty, and the pursuit of chocolate has caused a stir, and organised a petition to call on the US government to allow the sale of Kinder Surprises in the United States.
As a Canadian and Kinder egg consumer, I wholeheartedly support this campaign!
Kinder Eggs are both delicious, and fun – and have obviously been an important part of my creative upbringing. Please, sign the petition!
And support the campaign for stronger gun control in the US:
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence