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大学英语四六级晨读经典365:秋日激情篇 197 Should America Own a Bomb?美国人应当人手一枚氢弹吗?(mp3)

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自从《前进》杂志的一名记者发现了如何制造氢弹一事被报道之后,一批火器爱好者成立了国家氢弹协会,四处演说反对立法机构禁止美国人民拥有氢弹。
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197 Should America Own a Bomb?

197 美国人应当人手一枚氢弹吗?

As soon as it was revealed that a reporter for Progressive magazine had discovered how to make a hydrogen bomb, a group of firearm fans formed the National Hydrogen Bomb Association, and they are now lobbying against any legislation to stop Americans from owning one.

自从《前进》杂志的一名记者发现了如何制造氢弹一事被报道之后,一批火器爱好者成立了国家氢弹协会,四处演说反对立法机构禁止美国人民拥有氢弹。

“The Constitution,” said the association’s spokesman, “gives everyone the right to own arms. It doesn’t spell out what kind of arms. But since anyone can now make a hydrogen bomb, the public should be able to buy it to protect themselves.”

协会的发言人说:“宪法规定人人有权拥有武器,而且并没有说明这不包括某一种武器。那么既然现在任何人都可以自己制造氢弹,那么公众就应该有权购买它用以自卫。”

“Don’t you think it’s dangerous to have one in the house, particularly where there are children around?”

“你难道不认为把氢弹放在家里会很危险吗,尤其对那些有小孩的家庭?”

“The National Hydrogen Bomb Association hopes to educate people in the safe handling of this type of weapon. We are instructing owners to keep the bomb in a locked cabinet and the fuse separately in a drawer.”

“国家氢弹协会希望能教育人们如何安全地处理这种武器。我们建议氢弹拥有者们将氢弹放在一个柜中锁好,而导火索则应单独被放在另一个抽屉里。”

“Some people consider the hydrogen bomb a very fatal weapon which could kill somebody.”

“有人认为氢弹是一种可以用来杀人的致命武器。”

The spokesman said, “Hydrogen bombs don’t kill people—people kill people. The bomb is for self-protection and it also has a deterrent effect. If somebody knows you have a nuclear weapon in your house, they’re going to think twice about breaking in.”

发言人说:“氢弹本身不杀人.而是人杀人。氢弹是用来自卫的,当然它也有威慑的作用。如果别人知道你家里有核武器的话,他们在闯人你们家之前就要三思了。”

“But those who want to ban the bomb for American citizens claim that if you have one locked in the cabinet, with the fuse in a drawer, you would never be able to assemble it in time to stop an intruder.”

“但那些反对美国公民拥有氢弹的人又声称如果你的柜子毒里藏有一枚氢弹的话,而导火索放在一个抽屉里,你将无法及时把它组装起来以抵挡入侵者。

“Another argument against allowing people to own a bomb is that at the moment it is very expensive to build one. So what your association is backing is a program which would allow the middle and upper classes to acquire a bomb while poor people will be left defenseless with just handguns.”

“别外一个反对允许人们拥有氢弹的另外一个争议是目前制造一枚氢弹的价格非常昂贵,所以你们这个协会所倡导的这一方案,会使得只有中产阶级和上层社会的人们才可以拥有氢弹,而穷人就只能毫无防备了,因为他们只有手枪。

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