Saturday, February 17, 2018

Who Needs to Own a Gun?

Who needs to own a gun?
Who needs a gun case?
Let's talk hunters.

How about popup gun rentals?
When hunting season opens.

Like fireworks stands.
For the Fourth.

Like car rental agencies.

A hunter can rent a gun for the season.
Selecting from a wide range of bang-bangs.
Along with ammo.
And insurance.

And have the gun at home for the season.
When hunting season ends.
The gun is returned.
End of the deal.

As for practice.
Gun ranges ... with guns to use.
For a fee, of course.
Shoot away to sharpen the eye.
Rent the same weapon to get a feel for it.

And when hunting season opens, rent the same weapon.
From the popup?

Who needs to own a gun?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

On Moral Revolutions

Appiah, Kwame Anthony, in his fine book, "The Honor Code," writes of moral revolutions that changed the world ... when people, who once accepted and defended certain practices, came to understand how shameful these practices were, and though some always remain loyal, the practices were outlawed and ultimately removed from society.

The practices he examines are 1) Dueling in England, 2) the binding of women's feet in China, 3) the Atlantic slave trade, and 4) various "wars" against women.

I think our "love of guns" fits these parameters, and I'm quire sure that at some distant date, Americans will come to see just how shameful gun ownership is because it's NOT simply a matter of owning a gun, but a whole world of myth and religion and power and pride and money behind it.

It is the LOVE of guns that dishonors us, and it's the ceaseless defense of it, with lies that distort the reality of what the prevalence of guns are doing to our society, and silly, adolescent, stories about self-defense and "saving our families," and "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

There will be a time when Americans hang their heads in shame that we embraced such foolishness.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Never Blame the Gun

Blame the shooter.
Blame his parents.
Blame the bullies.
Blame the school:
Teachers, principal.
And the janitors.

Blame the godless liberals.
Blame Obama, and Hillary, too.
Blame the full moon.
Blame demons and werewolves.
Ors and goblins.

Blame the absence of prayer in our schools.
Blame the absence of Bible reading.

Blame movies.
Blame video games.
Blame God.

But, for heaven's sake.
Never, ever, blame the gun.

And the mindless NRA.
And all the gun-loving toadies.
Who believe in Gun Almighty.

Blame everyone, blame anyone.
Blame, Blame, Blame.
Blah, Blah, Blah.

But, never, ever.
Blame the gun.